Posts Tagged ‘Heavy Gear Assault’

Heavy Gear Assault Stomps Into Early Access

Not pictured: stomping.

Correction: An earlier version of this post said the game was free-to-play, following outdated information on the game’s site. No, it won’t be free-to-play, but it will sell instant unlocks for folks who want them.

When Activision lost the BattleTech rights to make MechWarrior games, they turned to a Heavy Gear license to fill the ‘stompy murderbot combat’ hole in their lineup. Well, MechWarrior games returned in the ongoing nostalg-o-rama, and Heavy Gear’s back too.

Stompy Bot Productions and MekTek (those folks behind the revamped free re-release of MechWarrior 4) failed to Kickstart Heavy Gear Assault [official site] in 2013, but they kept on toiling and tinkering anyway. Now they’ve turned to that other modern funding novelty – early access – to let folks in and start playing as they finish it up for a 2016 launch.

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Heavy Gear Assault’s Gear Bay Contains Yellow Gear

If you’ve been paying attention to the latest robot-combat news then you will have noted that the Heavy Gear franchise is being reworked via a Kickstarter. Stompy Bot Productions promises both F2P arena combat and – via popular demand – some episodic single-player. They’re showing off the latest part of their project in a new trailer, which illustrates the robots being fitted out in the “Gear Bay”, and the player boarding a nice big yellow robot before battle.

Despite these flourishes, the Kickstarter isn’t doing particularly well right now, and I would be surprised if it made the $800k finishing line. Although it does have twenty days to go. Quite what will happen if it fails to get funding remains to be seen.
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Heavy Gear Assault Now Promises Single-Player

The Kickstarter for Heavy Gear Assault caused some consternation with its focus on multiplayer, so the team have revised their goals against that feedback. The $800,000 base goal now includes: “Episode 1 of the single-player story that makes you a part of Heavy Gear history. This first offline, single-player episode details the initial contact with Earth’s Colonial Expeditionary Force (CEF) and sets the stage for Terra Nova’s bid for independence. Bitter enemies will unite to repel the CEF in what will be known as the War of the Alliance. This gripping first episode will be told through the eyes of military veterans turned duelists.”

Heavy Gear Assault Enters The Kickstarter Arena

A new Heavy Gear game is coming, but Heavy Gear Assault will only appear at the mercy of the wallet-wielding crowd. The Unreal Engine powered game is asking for $800,000, and is looking pretty stompy. However, this proposition does not include a campaign, but instead is a multiplayer combat game: “Compete in tournaments and organized matches for fame and fortune. Spectate and sponsor other players. Vote on performances. Put bounties on poor sports and pay their enemies to take them out.” The final thing will be free to play, and backing now buys in-game items and other additional awards both virtual and physical.

Videos below, including a destructible environment demo that reminds me of the Red Faction demos of old.
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