Dylan Jobe, game director of Warhawk, has opened the floodgates on new information concerning upcoming Warhawk patches at Playstation.Blog. Patch 1.1 and 1.2 will hit at the end of October and mid-December, respectively, and include a host of bug fixes, server stability improvements, and new map layouts. Most importantly, with these new patches Sony is letting the Arbiters loose on the community. Judge Dredd-like super moderators, these Arbiters “protect the community and preserve the legitimacy of the worldwide leader boards” with the power to issue warnings and permanent bans. They will join games and play alongside other players, and their PSN names will remain a closely guarded secret.
It’s nice to see a developer taking such a strong stance against online cheaters. Dylan admits cheaters and stat padders are a minority in the Warhawk community, but he doesn’t want to see a few bad apples ruining the whole bunch. MMOs have used Game Masters for years, moderating player behavior and punishing players that degrade the experience for others. Seeing this same sort of tactic applied to an online shooter is a step in the right direction, and hopefully something we’ll see more of from other developers in the future.