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 (12,470 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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July 29

Free Mech Test Drive: Infiltrator, Assault and Vanguard

Attention, mech pilots! For a limited time, you can test drive the Infiltrator, Assault and Vanguard mechs for free. Try before you buy! All 3 mechs are come fully equipped with items and internals.

Head to your garage to test drive these mechs right now until August 5!

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July 22

Free Mech Test Drive: Berserker, Raider and Brawler

Attention, mech pilots! For a limited time, you can test drive the Berserker, Raider and Brawler mechs for free. Try before you buy! All 3 mechs are come fully equipped with items and internals.

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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
78 of 112 people (70%) found this review helpful
314.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
This was a very well ballanced and fun game but it seems to be abandoned now. The servers are in bad shape aside from team death match on USA. The friend system has collapsed and no word from the makers for a few months now.

was a good game but ~___~ not so much now
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
408.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
With 390-ish (I play it without STEAM Client sometimes though) Hours on the clock, I thought It'd be time to write a review.

I usually don't like multiplayer Arenashooter FPS's, but I just can't seem to get enough of this game... It is wonderfully balanced, not pay to win, has a nice Artstyle, and a community that doesn't consist of ♥♥♥♥♥. (for the most part anyway)

Nothing gets your blood pumping faster than not playing for a week, joining a Deathmatch and realizing that you've completely forgotten how to effektively maneuver your Mech...
(Bruiser in my case. It's one of my fave bots, but bloody hell does it fell unresponsive :D )

GG WP ; 10 outta 10 would fuzzy bunny again.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
241.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
The game is rather stagnant and dead at the moment as the developers are busy porting and transfering their servers to a new system. To play this game, you pretty much have to learn to adapt to a new style of playing different from that of a conventional first person shooter(Battlefield, Call of Duty etc.)

Overall, a real eye-opener as to what mechanical first person shooter games are capable of - fast paced action, explosive weapons etc. It offers a wide array of machines(we call them "Mechs") that are each suited for a different role, hence it does up open up for many different play styles to be incorporated.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
First off I'm going to say I played alot of this when it was not on steam. This game is by far one of my most favorite games, although taxing on your computer its worth it.

The game opens with a fairly explanatory traning mission which is fairly easy to pass through. After you do the training it opens up every thing else. I have played all gamemode to be fun and fair no matter how long you have played OR if you have payed money. The graphics are wonderful for a F2P game and supports decent team play and partys. After playing many games i stll come back. Fantastic game wirth trying. ITS FREE!
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
Everything done right for a free to play. Everything.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
+Fast paced, adrenaline fueled mech action
+All mechs, (including the starter) are incredibly well balanced
+Awesomely immersive cockpit view/hud makes you feel like you're in the actual mech (occulus rift when??)
+Neat cyberpunk vibe
+Cool mech designs add personality to each machine
+While it's no armored core, it has pretty good mech customization options earned through microtransactions or experience
+Breathtaking visuals
+not pay to win
-free currency is a bit of a grind, may take a while before you can afford the mech/upgrade you want

To sum it up:

Best mech shooter you can get for free, currently.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
122.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
sure - hawken is great because its got decent multiplayer. its fast and i haven't seen crazy desynchs or lossy play like in say, payday2. that multiplayer sure is great connection wise. too bad there's no game to play.

Graphics: 7/10 - reasonable. a bit choppy and low effort in some areas.

Multiplayer/Network: 9/10 - Glorious connection, not desynchy or lossy. makes pvp modes really shine.

CoOp: 4/10 - the modes are limited to two choices, one of which you cannot join after the game has started, and has a persistent and annoying end-of-round timer.

Gameplay: 4/10 - for what it does, it does good, lack of choices and customisation of weapons causes this to have a reduced score. as well as the lack of a singleplayer mode.

Replayability 2/10 - Really easy to leave this game on a shelf, or just delete altogether. very easy to groan at the sameness of play.

developer support ?/10 - I have no clue when the last update for this game came out, but what I can say is that each update changes very little from the player's perspective. Highly doubt any huge revamp updates coming from these guys.

in hawken you have to change your class to change your weapons.

>you have to change your class to change your weapons.<


that gets stale. really crusty like bread that's been left on the cupboard all day. because for a long time there were like eh.. 10 - 12 to choose from. now there's 18 or whatever.. but to unlock them you have to grind grind, or pay pay. I feel the new choices for mechs are just reworks of old mechs in different chassis. (ie the same light mech weapons in a heavy, a heavy mech weapons in a light. etc.)

Heavy mech weapons do the same damage as light mech weapons. I was pretty surprised by this, since you'd think a heavy mech can support much more weight and maybe bigger freaking guns.

The only advantage to choosing a heavy mech is that you have more mech that can take damage before you die. (lifebar +, Agility -) a light mech gets a bit more fuel for jumping with and less armor of course. (lifebar -, agility ++) and the fact it gets like two dodges a second, if you're good you can definitely negate damage. (superior players tend to jump in light mechs)

The game's microtransactions get a bit annoying too, but they're not tooo 'in your face' but it's sure to remind you 'hey look at how much experience you *could* have gotten! hey, look at these new MECHS!' kind of thing. and this 'treat yourself to a boost' phrase. what the hell. I wouldn't consider spending money on hawken a treat, lady.

anyway, let's do a thought experiment.

haha, okay. so lets do it. Let's imagine we grind every mech, and get every prestige weapon(upon levelling up your mech rank you can get access to this or pay to unlock early). HELL YEAH WE'RE AWESOME. uhh no we aren't.

the prestige weapon usually doesn't make sense, and isn't terribly better than the default weapon, it just allows you to play a different playstyle (ie assault rifle instead of vulcan<fancy word for minigun> - lets you fight at range, but if you get caught close in, you're probably definitely boned because the mech was originally designed with the original weapon in mind to make up for its weaknesses which you just decided to mess with. smooth.)

it's a really easy game to leave. *REALLY* easy. The players who are good? eh, once you get (pay or grind) the mech they're using and get (pay or grind) the same items, all of a sudden (BIG SHOCKER) you start dominating matches.

oh sure your aim improves, and your team needs to have less suck than the other team, but in general you just wait (camp) till your target is relatively isolated and turns its attention to someone else and burst them down, or wait (camp) for your friends to come roflstomp your target 3-1. Every game mode is camp-to-win! and if you're not camping, you're doing it wrong.

don't get me wrong, i like hawken. but it's not sleek and sexy like the japanese beamsword mechs that look and act like people and have personalities(wat?) out there, or enough of a mobile artillery platform bristling with guns, and armor and missiles and nukes like the american mechs out there.

The hawken mechs look flimsy and like their engineers need to go back to school, and use new material and not 560% recycled cardboard to build their machines of death. Come on man, at least make the mechs look COOL if you're going to make a mech game. christ.

It's just lacking the depth that other games have. an excellent framework and engine, but zero filler. its like standing in an excellently constructed empty building.

hawken had the potential to be better than titanfall and destiny and call of d00ty!

Sadly, other games already do what hawken does much better.

I'm not recommending this because I don't feel it reaches all areas of gameplay very well apart from graphics and multiplayer pvp. Only diehard mech genre fans are really going to consider this a worthy or reasonable purchase. The standard player should steer clear.

And after acquiring this amount of playtime, it's very easy to suggest that this is going to be how the game is going to stay, and it's not very different from previous versions at all. Early access or no - I feel this is the model they're sticking with and it's not the model I had in mind when first looking at this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Early Access Review
If you asked me to review this game prior to the game going to Steam I would have rated it very high. I absolutely loved this game, I was very deeply involved in the community and I felt the game was heading into a very positive direction. Things started going down hill when all the options for competitive play were slowly heading to the back burner, then there were the Pay to Win additions, then development sharply pushed towards having a casual player base and heavy microtransations.

This game could have been the pinnacle of both Casual, and Competitive play and it just fell apart because of greed. It almost feels as if the Alpha and Beta were superior to how the game is now. I really don't blame steam for this issue, it just seemed to snowball the other issues this game was having.

I feel like this game was so close to being a hit it is unreal, but greed, a lack of foresight and ignoring the community at large pretty much killed all of the potential it had.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
its a smooth running fps mech game. picked the gameplay quickly and didnt get immediately stomped by better players. hoping to alot more customization in the future and alot less paying to do it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
141.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Early Access Review
Don't be fooled by the hating reviews you might see of this game. It is by no means perfect, but I guess it is in some people's nature to focus on that. Hawken is personally one of my favorite games, and there was a time when I played it every day. It is addicting, but my wooden PC is the only thing that keeps me from playing more.

Instead of looking at what the game doesn't have and then expanding on your opinion more and more, lets look at what it does have, which might be more than you think judging by some bad reviews.

-Free, and not P2W (sidegrades can be bought IRL money, but they can be bought with in-game credits too)
-Addicting and fun
-Enough maps and mechs for you to stay interested for a bit
-Well designed maps and mechs
-Great atmosphere and impression
-Good community
-Decent customization
-Balanced gameplay

Of course, there are minuses to the game, but not as many as you think.

-You can only pay IRL money for some cosmetic items
-There could be more maps and mechs
-A little bit of a grind, but it is only bad if you are the type of person who only plays like 3 hours then moves on to another game
-Inattentive devs
-Low playerbase (you could help!)

I'd highly suggest you give this game a go, it is fun and has good visuals. Besides, its free!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
Game is dead, Dev's tried to change the total direction of the game one to many times. Eventually turning it into a twitch shooter with Mechs that couldn't survive more than a couple of shots, resulting in higher in game scores but removing the strategic fun of the game. Haven't seen much in the way of any type of development recently and the user base has fallen to an almost non-existent low. Could have been, should have been, great, and at one point greatness was within their grasp.
I remember when I lost interest, a patch that had so much promise, but hid a secret, Lots and Lots of expected changes, but a secret that they didn't share with the community, the patch that once released, began the downfall of the game. Was it monetization? No Was it economy? No Was it the fundamental way that all users played by destroying the basis of the gameplay mechanics, resulting in a twitch style shooter? Yes
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
Enough said...
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
If for nothing else? The beautiful soundtrack (mainly the theme in the trailer.) and that its a first person mech shooter, with a co-operative PVE survival wave-based mode makes it worth it... i keep uninstalling it for other games, but i keep finding myself coming back for more when i have free disc space... HAWKEN... my heart will be yours until the day i die...
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
51.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
Hawken is a great game, especially for lan parties. Good combat system and a relatively active community make this great for casual gaming or competitive, though the match making system can be brain dead at times. I could be wrong, but it doesn't appear as though the game takes into consideration level or preferred mech when matching players up which can lead to some very unbalanced matches. The system also doesn't take into consideration the size of a map, so a game with only four players can get one of the largest maps. One more gripe is the developers haven't put too many updates since release so you get that sinking feeling that you're playing an incomplete game. If you're willing to overlook these shortcomings, Hawken is a great game that is underrated both by the gaming community but more importantly the developers.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Hawken is set in a multifuturistic world of indefinite war. Suprisingly the humans are fighting in what seems like metal boxes with legs... Not exactly. These "Mechs" as people would call them, are alot stronger than you think! And as more mechs roll in, what is to come of earth? robots attacking? Other humans competing to destory each other's towers? What planet are they even on? There are hundreds of questions, but one stands out of all of them. "What will you do with YOUR mech?" Fight? Make Peace? Or Even Just use it's bigass guns to blast a hole in something. Just to say this game is DEFINITELY WHAT YOU WANT TO PLAY. And exciting feel to every match, and squads of mechs fighting over one mission. To be the best of them all. Will you join us?
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Sick game, controls are easy to pick up and the learning curve isnt insane (new players can come in and get kills right away). Matches are short and sweet but I wish there were more game options, has the usual deathmatch, team deathmatch, and domination game modes with a really cool twist on a modified capture the flag option but not much beyond that. Co-op has 2 modes, would love to see more developed there. Good frantic paced, mech blasting fun.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
this i game is so ♥♥♥♥en kewl! the mechas look like trashcans with guns (unless you pay for fancy decorations) but god i feel badass anyway!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
283.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Early Access Review
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Early Access Review
It has mechs.

10 / 10 would explode every single thing on the face of the earth again.
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