Most modern single-player shooters follow a similar formula: they send players down a linear path where carefully scripted events give players an exciting, if homogenized, experience. It's a tried-and-true approach that has garnered commercial success, but Austin-based Lightbox Interactive will try to break away from that standard with its sci-fi third-person shooter, Starhawk.
This upcoming PlayStation 3-exclusive is the spiritual successor to the online-focused PS3 game Warhawk (itself a re-imagining of the 1995 PS1 game Warhawk) from the now-defunct Incognito Entertainment. While Starhawk's staying power will hinge on the quality of the online multiplayer mode, it will also introduce a new single-player campaign.
Speaking to Gamasutra in a recent interview, Lightbox president and Incognito veteran Dylan Jobe said the single-player experience in shooters is at a crucial creative turning point.