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Hawken open beta to launch later today (update: it launched)

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Update: The open beta is live (opens in new tab) . Fire at will.

Free-to-play mech shooter Hawken will enter open beta later today, once the developer is done "updating and double-checking" existing accounts. We're told to hang in there until it's ready. In the meantime, feel free to bombard the official site (opens in new tab) —new servers apparently had to be added to keep up with demand, and we bet web engineers really appreciate it when we encourage everyone to jam the F5 key.

The cinematic trailer above was posted today to announce the launch, so you could just put that on loop while you wait. Or, and this is probably a better idea, you could read our preview (opens in new tab) from a recent closed beta session, check Twitter for updates (opens in new tab) , and make sure your system is up to the task by checking the minimum requirements (opens in new tab) :

CPU: 2 GHz Dual Core

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Graphics Card: 512 MB Graphics Card supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0

Examples: nVidia 9800 GTX or AMD HD 5670

Operating System: Windows XP or later

Hard Drive: 5 GB of free space

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.