Free-to-play mech shooter Hawken abandons dedicated launcher, migrates to Steam

The newest update also overhauls the game's progression system, doing away with Tuning Points.

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After operating more than a year with its own dedicated launcher, free-to-play multiplayer mech combat game Hawken is coming exclusively to Steam.

Developer Adhesive Games and publisher Meteror Entertainment said on the game's official blog they're bringing the game to Steam after the community expressed a desire for Hawken to reach a broader audience.

Players who have already installed Hawken will need to delete the game and re-install it via Steam, but they will not lose any of the progress or purchases they've made in the transition. Moving forward, all in-game purchases will be made with the Steam Wallet.

The transition to Steam also comes with a major update, which in addition to the usual balance changes, also overhauls the game's progression system. Players will no longer receive Tuning Points as they level up, and Mechs are no longer unlocked through Mech Ranks.

You can find the full patch notes and instructions on how to activate your Hawken account with Steam on the game's official website.

Discussion

13 comments
tbstage1968
tbstage1968

This game could be GREAT... if not for the money grab aspect of it. 

Mengsk
Mengsk

It looks cool but I'll stick with Titanfall thanks. Plus I absolutely despise games the push in-game purchases. Like most mobile games, I completely avoid them.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Man, this game feels like it's been in development forever.

Great that it's getting the Occulus Rift treatment though - a real showcase for that hardware for sure.


hadlee73
hadlee73

Wouldn't mind seeing Hawken make it to next gen consoles one day, but I believe it does well enough that the Publisher probably doesn't see the need.

xSagez
xSagez

Finally got to playing this game after they gave me an early access steam code. It's pretty damn fun and everyone should get to trying it when it's officially released on steam. It has a lot of potential to grow if it gets the support it deserves. 

I also freaking love mechs and wish there were more games of it's kind.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@brainstraw  Both games seem to have a different feel, but I agree that Hawken does the mech thing better. It actually feels like being in a big hulking battle machine, rather than just feeling like a large dude with a bigger gun.

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

@Blade_Runner22 Not yet until it comes out by this late year.  Unless you have to buy a Hawken bundle for $29.99 to access to the Hawken to play.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@hadlee73  

I disagree. In H.A.W.K.E.N., players mainly control those giant robots and little else.

I don't see how a huge war machine can feel like one when everyone else is also a huge war machine.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@hadlee73

Indeed I would say that too.

Until this game implements gameplay that is more convincingly about combined arms tactics than just class-based gameplay, I won't agree with you.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Gelugon_baat @hadlee73  That's like saying when a tank battle takes place no one feels like they are in a tank because everyone is in one.