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 (15,469 reviews)
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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August 28

Weekly Update - 2015-08-28

What happened last week

1. Technical Artist interviews
2. Gameplay programmer interviews
3. Private servers should now automatically recover from hard locks in most all circumstances
4. Added another gameserver host in Singapore
5. We got game servers working in the new Staging environment
- Now we can really hammer away at configurations

Upcoming over the next week

1. We need to decide on whether or not to keep server hosts in Australia
- We could shift the hosting fees toward other hosts in the Asia region
- We may find a data center that has better peering with a wider range of locations
- Let us know via a support ticket what you think
2. Working with concept artists
3. More interviews
4. More build and deployment work

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August 28

Priority Target | Bronze match & Finals (Sat 29/08)

This Saturday, 29th, will be the Finals of the Priority Target Tournament. First tough, we're going to do a bronze match for the 3rd and 4th place, at 15:00 UTC. Then, at 16:30 UTC, will be The Casuals vs Pizzabangstormweaselparty64. Both will be streamed through Twitch.

15:00 UTC / 8:00 PDT : Crushing Kill vs Mystery Magic Rozer
16:30 UTC / 9:30 PDT : The Casuals vs Pizzabangstormweaselparty64

The streamers will be Erzunterweltler: http://www.twitch.tv/erzunterweltler and Freeze: http://secure.twitch.tv/dr_freeze001. Also, the Bronze match will be streamed and commentated by members of the teams who are not playing, so keep an eye out for links in announcements for each stream, when the matches begin.

For more information: https://community.playhawken.com/topic/3183-priority-target-bronze-match-finals-sat-2908/

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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
24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
85.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Early Access Review
Hawken is one of the most engaging games I've ever played. Often I shy away from competitive shooters, but Hawken's community has a casual and welcoming atmosphere, even amongst advanced players.

Regarding community-
Typically, the people you meet won't take the game too seriously, and sometimes lobbies can fill up with players who love to chat about the game or organize fun, gimmick matches. Hackers are few and far between- The only hackers you'll come across are aimbotters, who can easily be killed with proper teamwork or clever use of cover and items. Basically, the Hawken community is great. Even on opposing teams, people won't get mad talking to you.
Matchmaking- I haven't found any difficulty finding matches in the US region during most waking hours and can still find a few games late at night. However, if your performance is incredibly high, finding a lobby that matches your skill level can be difficult, which leads to players creating new accounts to play with others of lower skill. However, said players have put thousands of hours into the game- if you want to play the game casually, matchmaking isn't an issue in the slightest.

Regarding price model-
Hawken has 2 types of currency. Hawken Credits can be earned through achievements, ranking up, and simply playing matches. Hawken credits can be used to buy unlocked primary weapons, new mechs, usable items (don't worry- they come back every time you respawn), and "internals" (essentially, passive effects for your mech).
The 2nd currency is Meteor Credits. These can only be earned through community events or bought with money. They can be used to provide a boost to your earned credits or experience. Additionally, Meteor credits can be used to purchase weapons (even if you haven't unlocked access to a weapon yet), mechs, and cosmetic items such as new taunts or paintjobs.
The rate that Hawken credits are earned isn't perfect- you'll be earning a lot more as you start before you stop receiving bonuses. However, there are semi-regular events which provide doubled HC earnings, and switching to a team with less players provides a nice bonus. In addition, daily win bonuses are available for each mode. I haven't spent a cent on the game as of yet, and in 30 hours of gameplay I've acquired 7 mechs and outfitted all of them with plenty of items, weapons and internals. The rate may be a little grindy- but each mech is unique and fun to play, and the game itself is an absolute blast. Earning HC actually feels like a reward rather than an obligation, and I haven't found myself bored with my selection of mechs before acquiring the funds for another as of yet.

The gameplay revolves heavily around teamwork and coordination, so you wont be seeing many players on Deathmatch.

Hawken's gameplay differs from many shooters- mechs have a limited turning speed, meaning it can be hard to keep your reticle on a quick mech that rushes you down. To circumvent this, you have the ability to dodge from side to side- this helps not only with dodging strong projectiles, but quickly adjusting your position to move your reticle onto an enemy. However, dodging has a short cooldown attached. Boosting (sprinting) everywhere is discouraged- this will drain your fuel meter until you can no longer boost, and disables you from firing weapons for a short duration after ending the boost. Mechs can also use their fuel meter to hover in the air- however, the height that can be achieved is limited, and your maneuverability in the air is greatly limited, making you an easy target for any player.
These mechanics seem to make it very easy to suppress targets, as anyone who attempts to rush in on a defended point has no way to fight back, and will likely die in seconds to a full team. However- you can instantly shoot out of a dodge, and one mech- the Raider, has the ability to shoot while boosting for a short duration, with the role of breaking up a defensive team and causing chaos while their teammates provide supporting fire and move in whilst the other team is distracted.

Alternately, there's another approach that I prefer greatly- stealth. Each mech is equipped with a radar. Everytime you fire a weapon, boost, dodge, or jump, you will appear on a nearby enemy's radar for a short duration, in addition to appearing on radar once in the enemy's line of sight. In most firefights that involve a large portion of the enemy team, the enemy will be completely focused in one direction, allowing a lone mech to walk around, undetected, and attack the enemy team from behind. Organized flanking can be devastating to an unsuspecting team- ESPECIALLY with the mechanic of repairing in mind.

What is repairing? Repairing is one of the main methods of restoring a mech's hp. Repairing puts you in a third person view with no radar, and will not begin restoring hp until a few seconds have passed. The mech cannot fire or move until a few seconds after repairing is stopped. If an enemy mech is hit while repairing, the process will be cancelled. If a repairing mech is caught off guard, they're most likely dead.

One of the greatest joys in Hawken is finding a player and organizing a flanking ambush on the enemy team- either verbally or nonverbally. Hawken's gameplay greatly encourages tactical play, and a team that sneaks up on enemies will likely prevail.

Another tactical aspect of Hawken lies within mech abilities- special augments for your mech that can be activated after a certain cooldown has passed. Almost every mech has a unique ability (only 3 mechs share an ability in the game) that can greatly change how a skirmish plays out. As mentioned earlier, the Raider mech has the ability to shoot while boosting, which can be used to chase down an opponent at high speeds, or to sacrifice yourself to give your team an opening to attack. Other notable examples include the Infiltrator, which can make itself nearly invisible and undetectable on radar until the mech attacks or runs out of fuel (which the ability constantly drains).

That about wraps it up- many other mechanics will explain themselves, or be found through experimentation. Don't be afraid to look up guides on mechs and maneuvers.

This game is an absolute blast if you get into it, and extremely easy to play completely free. There're plenty of handy techniques to learn, coordinating with teammates feels good, and duels with opponents can become very intense and action-packed. Every mech has a completely different playstyle, so if you ever find yourself bored, you can try out one of the free mechs, purchase a new one, or even just change the weapons and items you're using for a new experience.

My biggest hang-up with the game: development.
Adhesive games went under a while ago, and only recently was Hawken picked back up by a new company. While we receive updates every week, new content is still a ways away, and said lack of content has led to a small community. However, the game is still populated. I highly encourage you to give the game a go and maybe invite a few friends- after all, it's free.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
78.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
Good fast paced FPS, might take some time to get used to movement system. It has oddly long time-to-kill, making team work an actual thing becouse you can easily get outnumbered if you don't stick with your buddies. I also like mech variety, you can buy yourself a mech that suits your game style. I might admit, game is a bit grindy, but not pay-to-win. There also are some free promo codes which can be applied for neat gifts and bonuses.
Go, check this game out, you won't loose anything becouse its free-to-play!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
Fun gameplay, great machine and environment design (the machines in this looks like they could function in real life!) and less than stellar sound make for an interesting, fast paced experience. Not too many people play this as much anymore though, but a ftp worth cheking out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Early Access Review
Everything you wanted from MechWarrior but didn't get. The most immersive mech shooter out there. The mecha feel great, they have definite weight, but aren't clunky, the weapons sound and feel great to use, and the moving HUD truly makes you feel like you're inside the mech. It's free and incredibly fun. At least worth a look at if you like robots, guns, or shooters.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Early Access Review
This is a fantastic mech game; it makes me feel like I'm playing Battletech. The controls take some getting used to: turns are slow, and the repair mechanic takes some getting used to. This is definitely not a mindless pick up and play like Team Fortress 2. The game is gritty as heck, and unless you work together, you don't live long. This is not a game for heroes.

The community is actualy a good selling point. HAWKEN has such a small userbase, it's really chill, and 'gg' is really common in the after-game chat. Even though there is a cash shop, the game is not really PTW, as everything can be earned through normal play, and quite honestly, if you pay to get the best mech without leveling up, you'll get crushed really fast.

12/10 will keep playing.
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