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Hawken on Steam: examining the state of the game after two years of new mechs and balance changes

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Omri Petitte at

Ever since its open beta began in December 2012, Hawken's basics have been easy to pick up. Big, stompy robots shoot and scoot with agile dodges. The modes are a slice from the same shooter pie everyone's familiar with, and it's a snap to load up and jump into a team deathmatch in less than a minute. Maps paint worlds of well-worn neon-lit cityscapes and desolate badlands. Hawken is like the mohawked, studded-jacket-wearing punk brother of MechWarrior Online: a youngster with a brash streak, but definitely its own brand of cool.

Hawken's also growing up. It transitioned to Steam last month, moving away from a dedicated launcher and enticing new recruits with an Early Access initiative and a couple purchasable bonus packages. Now it's once again fully Free to Play. Two years of patches and adjustments have streamlined Hawken and stripped away unused features, making it easier to get into than ever. After two weeks of playing Hawken on Steam, I'm still skeptical of its F2P monetization, but faster-paced combat reminiscent of Quake and new mech classes kept me coming back for more.


Hawken transitioning to Steam, dedicated launcher now defunct

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Emanuel Maiberg at

At the moment, there is no way for me to launch Hawken, which is a game I like a great deal, and probably my favorite free-to-play game yet. It's making the transition from a dedicated launcher to Steam, which is where I'd prefer it live anyway, but developer Adhesive games says that the transition will take about a week at the most.


Hawken Wreckage map and Christmas plans revealed

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Tom Sykes at

Mechs and Christmas go together like mechs and, well, anything, so the news that Hawken has added a seasonally appropriate Xmas-themed environment and skins fills me with a tinselly, sprouty kind of feeling. In celebration of Old Man Breaks Into Your House And Drinks Your Best Brandy Day, Hawken devs Adhesive Games have redecorated the game's Last Eco map (see above), in addition to optionally smothering your mechs with wrapping paper and candy canes and even snowman repair drones. They've also - and on any other month, this would probably be the headliney bit - added an entirely new map to the game. It's called Wreckage, and as the name suggests it's in a bit of a state.


Hawken releases Predator mech into the wild, adds co-op mode in new beta patch

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Patrick Carlson at

Hawken's latest beta patch is live, dropping a new mech and a new co-op game mode onto the mech shooter's dystopian landscape. Code-named Predator, the new mech has some decidedly asymmetrical tactics and weapons at its disposal, according to information on the "Invasion" update released by developer Adhesive Games.

Hawken to add leaderboards, part of plan to boost competitive play

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Patrick Carlson at

Hawken devs are looking to roll out official leaderboards for the free-to-play game in November, according to Adhesive Games' latest community updates. The move is part of a plan by developers to make the mech shooter a home for competitive as well as casual pilots, says game designer Chris Vance.

Hawken ascends to a "new age" with its biggest expansion yet

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Katie Williams at

If you were worried that Hawken and its giant stompy robots just weren't big enough, fret no further. Though a little later than we expected, the mech-piloting game today got even bigger with its newest update, Ascension, bringing on all sorts of additions and changes—from new game modes all the way through to fashionable Oculus Rift support.


Latest Hawken update may deploy by the end of month, should bring major changes

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Patrick Carlson at

Crunchy, bullet-ridden, free-to-play mech shooter Hawken is currently getting a major overhaul that may go live by the end of the month, according to a recent update by Adhesive Games producer Jason Hughes. Current goals for the in-beta game include new matchmaking and customization tools as well as the integration of bots to training modes for new players, among many other proposed changes.


Hawken map overview takes mech warfare to the Front Line

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Phil Savage at

I feel a bit guilty watching this video overview of the new Hawken map Front Line. Here's level designer Tyler Buser giving a full tour of the chokepoints, cover areas, symmetrical avenues, contestable turrets and vertical combat zones that the team have painstakingly worked on. And yet, when I inevitably blunder into the map, my appreciation for their effort will be replaced with thoughts like: "there's another robot. I'm going to shoot it. Hooray I shot it!"


Hey Hawken, you got lipstick on my giant, unstoppable killing machine

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Andy Hartup at

To celebrate both Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year, the good folk at Hawken developer Adhesive Games have unfurrowed their brows and added a touch of frivolity to their free-to-play mech fighter. The latest content update, dubbed 'Hearts on Fire', brings four new camos and a novelty booster for a limited time. And as you can see, it's all a bit silly.


Hawken co-founder talks eSports, missing server browsers, clan support and big Beta fixes

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Andy Hartup at

Chunky free-to-play mech-shooter Hawken went into open Beta last month. You can spend money on its marketplace, so we reviewed the available version and rather liked it. We even made a video, and crammed some of our thoughts into it. However, as with any Beta, Hawken is evolving week by week – it could be a very different beast three months from now, after developer Adhesive decides what does and doesn’t work in the wake of player testing and feedback.

We caught up with studio co-founder and lead animator Chris Lalli to chat about melee weapons, server browsers, counter-measures, and whether or not the community has been behaving itself.


Hawken devs 'exploring' melee weapons, decals and spectator system

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Marsh Davies at

A straw poll of PC Gamer writers suggests that the one thing better than being a giant robot is being a giant robot with a giant knife. Our combined psychic powers have clearly bent reality to our will, as it seems that mech-based multiplayer game Hawken may just be getting melee weapons in the near future.

We've been chatting with Chris Lalli, Adhesive Games' co-founder and lead animator, and he confirmed that the team was tentatively experimenting with the addition of close-quarters mech-mashing "in a controlled way that fits into the Hawken universe".


Hawken enters open beta next week

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Phil Savage at

Here's what the week has been missing: giant stompy robot news! Word comes through from Adhesive Games that Hawken, their free-to-play mech FPS, is going into open-beta from next week, letting anyone jump into a monstrous metal death-machine packed full of explosive warheads. Hooray for robots!


Hawken's free tie-in comic includes closed beta code

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Omri Petitte at

Adhesive Games and digital comics publisher Comixology probably touched upon the very essence of geekdom when they concocted an offer involving viewing colorful pictures of robots blowing each other up to access actual gameplay of robots blowing each other up. Downloading the free first issue of Hawken: Genesis not only offers an expository primer of the backstory behind why everyone turned so trigger-happy, it also gets you a code for the third and final closed beta event starting November 20. Have they no sense of restraint?


Hawken beta key giveaway, win one of 10,000 keys

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Free to play giant robot war game, Hawken, is due out in December. I know. A whole MONTH away. I'm learned to cope with some help of a mech suit I've constructed out of used Corn Flakes boxes. We'd like to spare 10,000 readers that level of madness by emailing out access to this week's testing session.

To grab a key, follow the link below and enter your details. There's good news if you've already entered one of our previous Hawken beta key giveaways, Adhesive say that "all previous closed beta codes will also work on this latest Closed Beta initiative as well." Sweet.


Meteor expects League of Legends-like success for Hawken, receives $18 million in funding

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Omri Petitte at

Hawken publisher Meteor Entertainment definitely recognizes the appeal of smashing bipedal robots together, which is why CEO Mark Long told GeekWire he hopes the upcoming multiplayer mech-mania will supersede reigning crowd-pleaser League of Legends in both popularity and revenue, boldly predicting a profit pull of $100 million and a nearly 10 million-strong community by next year.


Hawken beta incoming. Win one of 2,000 beta keys!

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Tom Senior at

Free to play multiplayer mech-'em-up, Hawken, is entering its beta phase this week ahead of a December release. Why leave it until Christmas to jump into a bipedal death machine? We've got 2,000 beta keys for Hawken to give away right now.

To enter, simply click through the link below and follow the instructions. The first 2,000 to register will receive a key by email when the giveaway concludes on Wednesday.


Hawken closed beta due in two short weeks, sign-up details within

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Tom Sykes at

In advance of the game's December 12th launch, Hawken devs Adhesive Games are running a series of closed beta sessions, the first of which is due at the end of the month. You can sign up here for a chance to take part in the first event running October 26th to the 29th. Doing so will let you choose your in-game callsign ahead of the robo-battling game's release. I'm going with 'Iceman', unless it's already been nabbed by someone else.


Hawken Gamescom footage features rockets, frenzied robo-deathmatch, endless techno

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Tom Senior at

We've pointed a camera at footage of someone playing the upcoming free to play mech-'em-up, Hawken, capturing four and a half minutes of robot battling from Gamescom. Apologies for the music. The camera's microphone warped the hubbub of the show floor into a continuous farting hiss, so we've replaced that with the first item that came to hand, which happens to be an endlessly looping techno skit that you might have heard in 2005, if you spent 2005 dead and hanging around half empty clubs in purgatory. I find that adding my own sound effects helps, like this: kerchunk, kerchunk, kerchunk, dakka dakka, MISSILE ATTACK.


Hawken live-action teaser trailer has stompy battlesuits, drama, metaphorical axes

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Chris Thursten at

What's that grinding, clanking, thumping noise you hear? It's the sound of the PC Gamer E3 News Cannon rattling into place. It's also the sound of stompy battlesuits stomping and battling in the live-action teaser for indie multiplayer mech shooter Hawken.

"A well-oiled axe and a steady hand will change the tide", says our narrator. Presumably he's speaking metaphorically, and not implying that the Hawken universe has its own version of BattleTech's silliest mech.

If you prefer your trailers with more in-game footage and less atmospheric wailing, check out this video from March.


Hawken will be free to play, out in December, sign up for the closed beta now

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Tom Senior at

"I'm throwing my wallet at the screen but nothing is happening!" is a common reaction to the trailers for stunning indie multiplayer mech-war project, Hawken. According to a blog post on the Hawken site, you won't need your wallet at all. It'll be released as a free to play game on December 12 this year.