HAWKEN is a multiplayer first person shooter for PC that places you inside a mechanized war machine on the battlefield of a dystopian world called Illal. With strategic, fast-paced gameplay, HAWKEN features incredible alien landscapes, customizable and upgradable mechs, and dynamic experiences across multiple competitive game modes.
User reviews: Very Positive (15,696 reviews) - 86% of the 15,696 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

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“We are extremely happy to now offer HAWKEN as an Early Access title on Steam! We've been working hard fixing bugs, addressing feedback from the community and polishing up our design as we push forward towards our final release. HAWKEN is in the very final stages of BETA so you may notice a few bugs but we're ready for an expanded audience to try the game and have fun! HAWKEN is Free to Play so don't be shy about giving the game a try or recruiting your friends and family!

Please note that a pilot account is required to play HAWKEN. Use the following address to create a pilot account and you will be playing in no time at all: http://www.playhawken.com/enlist

We currently have 2 bundles available for purchase which offer players great game content at great discounts. We have a new lower price on the Prosk Starter Bundle and just launched the Mercenary Bundle which saves you an approximate 60% off the cost of purchasing each item individually!

If you were a player of HAWKEN previous to our presence on Steam please note that we are no longer be using our own launcher for the game but instead will be using Steam as a sole content delivery method. As a result we recommend that players uninstall any previous versions of the game before downloading the game here to avoid any potential conflicts. All your progress is stored remotely so you won't have to worry about losing anything!

We're excited to now bring HAWKEN to even more players and look forward to seeing you on the battlefield!”
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September 25

HoloTaunt Fiesta Weekend

"I love me some holo taunts.  There ain't nothin' better than a whole fuzzy bunny ton of them."
- Anonymous
For the weekend, we've taken to heart a few suggestions we've heard bandied about.  In short, we've dropped the HoloTaunt prices to a flat 38HC each, so you can really stock up on these things.  AND, for every HoloTaunt you purchase, you'll get a full refund by Wednesday.  This means you can litter the battlefield in ways you never thought possible.
Anybody here excited to see the screenshots?  This should be fun :)
Just to get in the mood....
Data-lord-capnjosh was ranting about how there's no logging for when a HoloTaunt gets used.  Now that would have been loads more fun.  Send him your condolences.

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September 23

Hawken T-shirt Design Contest

We're looking for the ultimate fan produced design for a Hawken T-shirt! You can submit as many designs as you'd like! The contest will be run through 11:59 PM PDT on October 7th. All submissions should be posted to https://community.playhawken.com/topic/3426-hawken-t-shirt-design-contest/

Ideal submissions should be vector based or Illustrator preferred (we'll also accept high-resolution). Winner will receive a free T-shirt with their design. All submissions must be your own work. 
So let's see your creativity!

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“It's the type of experience that gets under your skin, making you want to come back for more.”

“Perfectly balanced mech warfare”

“HAWKEN is everything I ever wanted in a mech shooter”

Key Features

  • Fast Mech Gameplay: War is a Machine. Pilot hulking death machines and use massive weaponry to destroy your foes.
  • 18 Unique Mechs: Determine your method of mass destruction. Choose from 18 unique classes including the lightweight assassin like Reaper, the medium blitz mode Raider and the heavy tank-like Incinerator. Each mech is unique with their own special abilities, stats and weapon loadouts.
  • 6 Game Modes: Play cooperatively or competitively in the 6 game modes available. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Missile Assault, Siege, Co-Op Bot Destruction and Co-Op TDM.
  • Stunning Dystopian Environments: Experience a planet in the depths of war. Battle across decaying cityscapes, desert towns, post-apocalyptic wastelands, jungle outposts and secret weapons facilities.
  • Loadout Customization: Customize your playstyle with a wide array of internals that offer passive improvements, as well as offensive, defensive and functional items. There's also a plethora of cosmetic enhancements to truly personalize your mech.
  • Arsenal of Weapons: Choose your weapons wisely. Massive sniper rifles, rotary cannons, ballistic spike guns, fireball launchers, corrosive chemical weapons and dual mode explosive launchers are just a few of your options for ordnance.
  • Variety of Items: Use the right tool for the job. Deploy a hologram to fool enemy mechs, use an EMP to shutdown their core systems and then launch a high explosive grenade or detonator for their fiery demise. Choose from 12 unique items which offer a variety of gameplay.
  • Enhanced NVIDIA PhysX: Take your battle experience to the next level with the latest in NVIDIA’s PhysX technology. Explosion and particle effects are incredibly more detailed to provide the optimal visual experience of mech warfare.
  • Oculus Rift Support: Fully immerse yourself in mech battles with gameplay support for the Oculus Rift.

About This Game

HAWKEN is a multiplayer first person shooter for PC that places you inside a mechanized war machine on the battlefield of a dystopian world called Illal. With strategic, fast-paced gameplay, HAWKEN features incredible alien landscapes, customizable and upgradable mechs, and dynamic experiences across multiple competitive game modes.

HAWKEN features 6 game modes: Team Deathmatch, Co-Op Bot Destruction, Missile Assault, Siege, Deathmatch and Co-Op TDM. Each mode offers a unique gameplay experience that requires a different approach and hones a separate set of skills.

  • Team Deathmatch
    Two teams of six group together and battle as a team in a race to 40 kills. Fighting as a group and knowing when to play defensively is essential to survival.

  • Co-Op Bot Destruction
    Team up with three other pilots for 25 waves of increasingly intense encounters against computer controlled mechs and attack drones. Every fifth wave is led by one or more elite boss mechs that can’t be defeated alone. Move as a group, plan your attack, and spend your resources wisely to eek out a victory against all odds. Co-Op Bot Destruction is currently available on the Facility and Front Line maps, each featuring a unique set of enemies.

  • Missile Assault
    Split your team of six into groups and compete over three missile silos spread across the map. Capture a silo and maintain control over it to launch missiles against the enemy team’s base ship. Control all three missile silos to do bonus damage and end the battle even sooner. Flexibility and effective use of items are the key to destroying the enemy base before they destroy yours.

  • Siege
    Collect EU from two energy sources in neutral territory and return them to base to launch an attack ship at the enemy base. Fight for control over the Anti Aircraft battery in the center of the map to keep your ship from being shot down before it reaches and destroys the enemy base. There is no time limit in Siege, but every ship you launch is more powerful than the last.

  • Deathmatch
    Watch your radar and be careful not to expose yourself until you have the advantage in an intense free-for-all battle. The player with the highest score after 10 minutes wins.

  • Co-Op TDM
    Team up with 5 other pilots for online TDM against computer controlled mechs. If you want to jump into a match and have some fun without concerning yourself with human opponents, then this is the mode for you!

HAWKEN features a wide range of customization options that allow you to craft a unique look and equipment loadout that other players will remember.

  • Cosmetic
    Strike fear in your enemies and confidence in your allies with unique trim colors & paint patterns, chassis parts, thrusters, and repair drones. Taunt defeated opponents and make your teammates laugh with comic mech emotes and deployable hologram generators. Make yourself at home in your mech by using cockpit decorations, custom HUD colors and different combinations of primary and secondary reticles!

  • Practical
    Customize your play style and abilities with passive internals and deployable items. Internals take one to three of six available internal slots and range in effect from giving your mech a unique ability, such as dashing or doing a 180 spin in mid-air, to temporarily boosting damage or healing each time you gain a kill or assist. Items can serve as an additional weapon (e.g. EMPs, Grenades), a deployable piece of equipment that helps you and your teammates (e.g. Portable Scanner, Shield) or one that disrupts your enemies (e.g. Machine Gun or Rocket Turret, Radar Scrambler). Select a loadout that matches your play style to defeat your enemies quickly, support your team, or control tactically important areas of the map.

Game Guide

HAWKEN offers pilots numerous mechs in three different weight classes that fill a variety of distinct roles on the battlefield. Find the mechs that match your play style and study the strengths and weaknesses of enemy mechs in our comprehensive mech guide.

HAWKEN has numerous maps to explore. But you can’t always enjoy the scenery--or get your bearings--while boosting away from enemies. Our Map Guide includes interactive maps showing major points of interest for every game mode on every map, plus lore, screenshots, gameplay tips, and more.

Every mech starts with one primary weapon. You can purchase two additional primary weapons in the garage. You can purchase the alternate primary weapon at mech rank 3 and the prestige weapon at mech rank 5. You can swap your primary weapon in the Garage or in the Staging Area before a match or between respawns. Each mech only has one secondary weapon. They cannot be switched out for alternatives like primary weapons. However, all secondary weapons possess a special ability that provides additional functionality. Use the middle mouse button to activate that ability.

HAWKEN lets you change your equipment to customize and upgrade your mechs. You can equip a variety of useful items and deploy them in battle to gain an edge over your opponents.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)
    • Processor: 2Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card Supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0 (NVIDIA 9800 GTX or AMD HD 5670)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1280 x 720 or Higher Resolution
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (64bit)
    • Processor: 3Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB Graphics Card Supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0 (NVIDIA GTX 460 or AMD HD 6850)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
291 of 412 people (71%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Early Access Review
Read the EULA carefully; then realize that it's written so that every single user of the game is technically in violation of it, as it forbids all monitoring of the game's traffic, including all antivirus protections. Then note the clause that says they can start charging for their "free" game any time they please, and you are in violation if you don't pay. Then combine that with the part where the publisher claims the right to sue anyone violating the EULA for whatever damages they please, without any obligation to prove any wrongdoing whatsoever. Then realize the EULA is thus written to allow the publisher to demand under threat of legal action, from any user, any time, anything they want, then forget about this game.

Update: and from the harassment I've had from it's fans for daring to criticize, the game's community is apparently a rabid troll hole, another reason to write it off.
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
143.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Early Access Review
Great FPS, if you want to take a break from things like counter strike and so on. It is something between World Of Tanks and Unreal Tournament. And its free. Just give it a shot ;-)


+ Well balanced classes - unlike in most other games with Light-Medium-Heavy classes, you can actually kill the heaviest mech in the game with the lightest.

+ Pretty wide variety of Mechs to choose from. From fire throwing heavy mech with a minigun to sneaky stealthy bursty assasin.

+ Customization - You can choose from 3 different primary weapons (once you unlock and buy them) and there is wide variety of internals (passive items) and consumables (things like temporary shield, or even throwable explosives) - all purchasable for ingame money.

+ Team autobalancing - Even if you get into bad fight against skilled opponents, the game mixes up the teams after every match to balance things out.

+ Teamwork over skill - You can be the best player in the world, but you will always get your a** kicked by cooperating team.

+ Coop practice modes against bots and tutorial make sure, you dont go fight unprepared

+ Free playable mech rotation - every once in a while, 3 mechs get to be playable by anybody and they are equipped with recommended passive and active items.



- For a new player, the first battles will most likely be really difficult, because the player base is not that big, so you get to fight veterans pretty often.

- There is not much maps, but they are interesting and you definitely wont play the same map over and over.

- Earning in game money can feel a little bit sluggish, but if you join a server and stay there for a few matches, you will be fine.

Overall: Great fast paced FPS that is worth trying. 9/10 from me.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Early Access Review
Balanced, easy, fun, and not pay-to-win
Contains a lot of vertical combat
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Early Access Review
I want a movie thats like this game, now thats something I wanna see
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Early Access Review
Hawken is one of the best free to play games on steam right now. You earn in game currency just like any other game to purchase reasonably priced mechs, if you want to customize your mechs looks you can purchase Meteor credits with real money, the game has good balancing as well.

I am going to be a long term player of Hawken since I am happy with their free to play model.
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