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Heavy Gear Assault Stomps Into Early Access

Stomp stomp

Correction: An earlier version of this post said the game was free-to-play, following outdated information on the game's site.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.

Buying in now for $40 (£26) upwards will get you early access, instant unlocks for two mechs and some weapons, and in-game cash to buy some more. More expensive packages offer more.

The game's not simply MechWarrior, mind. Heavy Gear does MechWarrior-ish things, but gears are a lot zippier than mechs.

Heavy Gear Assault is due to properly launch on Windows and Linux in 2016. Here's an "early alpha" gameplay trailer from December 2014; I don't know why they don't have a proper new trailer showing off how the game looks now:

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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