Hawken

PC, PS3, XB360 / Action / Release: Dec 12, 2012 / ESRB: U

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Purchase no longer required for Hawken Early Access

Purchase no longer required for Hawken Early Access

Adhesive Games' mech-based shooter Hawken recently hit Steam Early Access a few weeks ago. However, it did so somewhat at the expense of its free-to-play status, since new players needed to purchase a bundle to participate. This is no longer the case and the game is now completely free-to-play once again.

Read more: Nemesis Bundle going away after today »

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Hawken crashes onto Steam Early Access

Hawken crashes onto Steam Early Access

Adhesive Games would like players to know that there's more than one mech-based shooter in town. The free-to-play Hawken has made its transition to Steam Early Access and current users have been sent Steam keys to make the transition easier. If you don't currently have a Hawken account and want to join the beta, then the game might not be so much free-to-play for you.

Read more: New players must purchase bundle »

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Hawken adds co-op survival mode

Hawken adds co-op survival mode

Shooting people, we're to understand, is wrong, yet shooting AIs is somehow fine. If that's in line with your monstrous morals, mechtastic free-to-play FPS Hawken has now added a co-op mode. You and your chums team up in Bot Destruction to murder waves of AI drones, mechs, and boss bots whose only crime is wanting to live.

Watch: A peek at boss bots in the trailer »

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Hawken patch changes progression, adds Last Eco map

Hawken patch changes progression, adds Last Eco map

Hawken has been in beta for quite some time now, but before the release version sees the light of day, Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment have some changes to make to their multiplayer mech FPS. Many of the game's menus and HUD elements have been given complete visual makeovers, and the game will be receiving some new features. To learn more about them, Adhesive's Jason Hughes walked me through some of the main features of Hawken's new patch, as well as the game's new map, which takes the fearsome mechs away from the industrialized city and into the woods.

Read more: New leveling systems »

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How office prank helped Hawken publisher's CEO see problematic pin-up

How office prank helped Hawken publisher's CEO see problematic pin-up

Feel-good stories in which everyone learns a valuable lesson are usually reserved for sitcoms, but once in a while they happen in real life too. Take the case of the Hawken pin-up, for example. After a poster made one female employee uncomfortable, she set about exposing the problem in the best possible way: office hijinks.

Read more: Bro-sie the Riveter is born »

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Hawken medic mech class stomps out today

Hawken medic mech class stomps out today

You call yourself a mech fan yet what do you do when you clamber up inside your robosuit? You blast other mechs to pieces! You monster. No, the true appreciator dedicates themself to maintaining and restoring mechs as they stomp around. For these noble people, free-to-play mech FPS Hawken today introduces a medic class of mech, the Technician, in a new patch.

Read more: Plus, alpha map Valkyrie reborn as Front Line »

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Hawken dev details the challenges of virtual reality

Hawken dev details the challenges of virtual reality

After it was revealed that Doom 3: BFG Edition would not be shipping with the Oculus Rift when it goes to retail, another game had to step forward to be the poster child for the VR goggles. Adhesive Games accepted the challenge with its upcoming free-to-play multiplayer mech game Hawken.

Oculus Rift was at GDC showing off a Hawken demo to give spectators and developers a feel for the VR experience. But the demo was missing a few features--notably, a targeting reticule and heads-up display (HUD). That's something Hawken producer Jason Hughes told Shacknews was a bit of work.

Read more: Finding the right amount of information for the player »

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Hawken trailer demonstrates PhysX shinies

Hawken trailer demonstrates PhysX shinies

The physics acceleration revolution may have failed long ago, but Nvidia's keeping the dream alive for romantics by cramming its PhysX tech into games whenever it can. A new Hawken trailer shows the effects of PhysX in the in the free-to-play stompy mech shooter, much the same as any other PhysX game: a big confusing mass of particles which look out of place.

Watch: Shields, debris, and swirling clouds »

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Hawken devs looking at mech melee weapons, clan decals

Hawken devs looking at mech melee weapons, clan decals

Stomping a round in a huge mech can be immensely gratifying. But to be honest, if could be even more exhilarating if that mech had a huge mace in one hand and a sword in the other. Right? Well, it appears the Hawken devs at Adhesive Games are thinking along the same lines.

Read more: Clan insignias also being explored »

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Hawken trailer celebrates imminent open beta

Hawken trailer celebrates imminent open beta

The mech shooter Hawken has spent a long while in closed beta, but all of that is set to change tomorrow. The open beta is just around the corner, and Adhesive Games has released a new trailer to celebrate the impending bundle of mechanized joy.

Watch: The gears (of mechs) of war »

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Hawken launch delayed to early 2013; open beta hits December 12

Hawken launch delayed to early 2013; open beta hits December 12

Free-to-play multiplayer mech game Hawken has had its official launch delayed until early 2013, instead opting to go to open beta on the originally scheduled release date of December 12. In anticipation of the open beta, it will be closing its Vanguard Initiative pre-sales tomorrow.

Read more: More updates planned »

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Shacknews, GameFly offer 50,000 beta keys for Hawken

Shacknews, GameFly offer 50,000 beta keys for Hawken

If you have been itching to climb into a mech and blow away other mechanical giants in a multiplayer frenzy, GameFly and Shacknews are giving away 50,000 Hawken keys to let players test their skills in an upcoming closed beta beginning on November 8.

Read more: Closed beta is November 8-13 »

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Hawken publisher raises additional $18 million

Hawken publisher raises additional $18 million

Hawken publisher Meteor Entertainment has raised another $18 million in its second round of funding. New investors in the game include Rustic Canyon Ventures and Chinese company KongZhong, which plans to publish Hawken in China. This brings total funding up to $28.5 million.

Read more: Another project in the works, acquisitions being considered »

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Hawken videofest details stompy robot shooting

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Hawken videofest details stompy robot shooting

As you may already know, free-to-play FPS Hawken is about big stompy robots and looks pretty. You may be content with that knowledge, but for those who wish to have more, developer Adhesive Games has put together a string of videos explaining buying customizing mechs, how combat works, and several of its modes.

Watch: All of the things »

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Morning Caffeinated! -- Two Interviews, a Wii U oops and VR, baby

Morning Caffeinated! -- Two Interviews, a Wii U oops and VR, baby

Good morning, Shack.

For those slightly confused by the name, don't be. This is still your Morning Keefinated, just rebranded for the folks who haven't yet started visiting Chatty and may not understand the history, but in the end, it's the same old stuff, same wrapper, same owner, but now with a word people will recognize.

I'm going to kick things off by telling you the tale of two interviews.

Read more: Wii U date? Oops »

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