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11 months ago

F2P mech FPS Hawken shutting down on PC

Free-to-play mech shooter Hawken [official site] is shutting down on PC, the developers announced today. While console versions will continue, the PC servers will shut down on January 2nd, 2018. After five years, it still hasn't left early access. Hawken has struggled in recent years, passing through several developers and seeing peak concurrent player counts fell to below 200. But heck, it does have some…

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3 years ago

Former Hawken Folks Announce Multiplayer FPS Burstfire

A group of folks who worked on ill-fated mech FPS Hawken have formed a new studio and announced their first game, a multiplayer FPS which sounds a bit like Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege. They describe Burstfire [official site] - which won't be free-to-play - as a "slow paced" 5v5 tactical shooter where one team's fortifying and defending a position and the other must crack it…

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Rebooting: Hawken Revived By APB Reloaded Devs

Hawken [official site] was clearly in trouble. Bugs had gone unfixed, patches ceased to flow, its forums went down, and developers Adhesive Games remained silent. Yep, it was in a pickle all right. But huzzah, things are looking up for the free-to-play multiplayer mech FPS. Reloaded Games, the company who took over APB after creators Realtime Worlds closed, have announced they now own Hawken and…

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4 years ago

Feature: Actuator: Dead Metal

On The Evolution And Development Of Mech Games

Wasim Salman writes about videogames using short, mechanical sentences. We asked him to do that for us with an article on a suitable subject: the evolution and development of mech games. Stomp. In 1997, I bought MechWarrior 2 for the Playstation. It received a lot of hype a few years earlier on its initial PC release. MechWarrior 2 was sluggish and barren on console, its…

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5 years ago

Mechin’ A Move: Hawken Stomps Onto Steam

Hawken is one of the most attractive games I've ever seen, all shuddering steel and clouds of debris, and it is exclusively about large robots fighting. There's no cutscene-laden narrative, no downtime and no pricetag. There are maybe six people in the world who don't like to see mechs fighting twenty four hours a day so Hawken should be the most popular game in the…

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Mech The Halls: It’s Time For A Very Hawken Christmas

Now that I've written that headline, I actually really want a Christmas special in which giant robots grapple with issues of strained family ties, unconditional kindness despite all that, and ultimately, the merciless slaughter of the entire human race. Who wouldn't be able to identify with that? In the meantime, however, I'll just have to settle for Hawken's Operation Frostburn, which buries the grimy, gloomy…

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Intergalactic Predatory: Hawken Adds Bots, Invisible Mech

Hawken still hasn't added any hawks, which is weird to me, but hope remains given that updates keep on chugging along. The latest, titled Invasion, is quite a doozy, with some oft-requested features leading the charge. Most prominently, the free-to-play first-person blast-o-stomper now has nefarious AI bots, who strut their boxy, boxy bodies in both wave-based co-op and offline training modes. There is also a…

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I Like Big Bots: Hawken Ascension Upate Trailer

I have a mild form of social anxiety that manifests itself in a very specific way: I don't like arriving to parties or events after a lot of people have already turned up. I'd much rather arrive with friends. It's just one of the many ways I'm like a giant killertronic death-bot from the future, because the recent Hawken update has dropped in a party…

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The Hawkeneye Initiative: Meteor’s Sexy Poster Mishap

I love stories with happy endings. And uplifting middles. And only sorta upsetting beginnings. This is the rare tale that both rides that grin-coaxing emotional rollercoasterĀ and focuses on issues of gender inequality in the gaming industry. A rarity? You don't even know the half of it - mostly because I haven't told you about any of it yet (jeez, hold your horses). But in short,…

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Hawken’s Maps Need To Be Kissed

Look at them! So lovely. Fluttering their big eyes in my direction. I would kiss them all. Failing that, I will blast the sparking guts out of robots on them. Same thing, really. Hawken's latest map is called Facility, which seems like a very pretty name for a really outstandingly handsome death-arena. Sigh. Such beauty. Harvesting floating rock minerals like a Greek god. Mmm. This…

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Hawken’s Next Update Is A Great Healer

I've rather been enjoying my games of Hawken. It's very much a deathmatch arena game of old, only spangled up with its own roboty game modes and lovely visuals. The next update looks promising, too, bringing us a lovely-looking new map called Front Line, as well as a new robot. Said robot is the first genuine support mech in the game, and it's called The…

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Deathmatch Doves: Hawken Hands-On

Hawken is a multiplayer F2P robot combat game in open beta. Jim Rossignol is a handsome, if slightly soft, games journalist. Together, they are words about a game on a blog, please. Finally I managed to get some time alone with Hawken. We seemed like we were meant for each other: me a hardened dork with a history of multiplayer enthusiasms and robo-infatuations, him a…

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6 years ago

Nvidia Uses Hawken To Show Off PhysX Clevers

Handsome Hawken is ever more handsome - or at least that's the intention - thanks to implementation of Nvidia's PhysX tech. The new trailer (Below) shows how PhysX improves particles and debris in the world, creating effect that is partly awesome and partly, well, gaudy. I get that this stuff is super clever, mathematically speaking, but some of the particle effects just seem over the…

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Feature: Squawkin' About Hawken

Impressions: Hawken’s Open Beta

Hawken's evolution from jaw-dropping, I-can't-believe-it's-not-triple-A indie to investor-powered multimedia behemoth has been utterly fascinating. At the end of the day, though, it's a game about robots rocking, socking, and shooting other robots. The glitz and glamour just won't stick if the core's a prime candidate for the scrap heap. So then, how does Hawken's surprisingly high-speed mech warring fare? I fired up RPS' patented Judge-O-Tron…

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Hawken Nearly Ready For Hawking, Open Beta Opens

It's cold outside. Holiday vacation hasn't started yet. The world might end soon. These are all equally pressing issues, but fortunately, I think I've got a solution that wraps them up in a nice, holiday-friendly bow: giant robots. Think about it: they're naturally warm, have no concept of "work," and will probably be the reason our race of overly argumentative organ pods goes extinct anyway.…

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HAWKEN Open Beta Starts 9 Days Before End Of World

HAWKEN is about to go into open beta. The F2P mech shooter is embracing the last time the date will look really cool for another thousand years, and opening itself up to the masses on the 12th of the 12th of the 2012th. And this screenshot here? That's ours. OURS! The other rubbish sites don't have it. You can have a bigger version if you…

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Feature: Mechworrier

Interview: Hawken Publisher CEO On Mechs, F2P, VR

We sent Brendan to the Hawken press event in London, and there he caught up with Mark Long, boss at Meteor, the company responsible for publishing the F2P mech combat game. From there it was a journey into alternative business models, transmedia experiments, live-action mech-movies, rivalry between mech games, and the appeal of adult diapers.

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Ten Thousand Hawken Beta Keys, Just Here

Hello, you. The Hawken beta gets into full swing today, and I think you might want a key, because it's looking rather good. Fortunately for us, Meteor have provided an RPS "superkey" with ten thousand uses. That means the first ten thousand of you to enter it into the Hawken site will get your eager paws on the controls of a robot today. Get going!…

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Hawken Videos Show Garage And Basic Combat

With the Hawken closed beta kicking off this weekend, Adhesive have put out a couple of videos explaining the basics of their jet-packin' robo-combat for beginners, which I suppose will be all of us. They show some tips about the garage, where robots are armed, tweaked, and deployed to the battlfield. Then there's some explanation of how to not to die too horribly once you're…

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