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.
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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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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
66 of 73 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
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+ fast tactic fights
- mechs feel like heavy soldiers

+ nice animated mechs
+ flying debris
- bad damage modeling

Game Size:
+ over 9 Maps
+ coop Survival Mode
+ 5 game modes

Combat System:
+ mechs with strengths and weaknesses
+ no waiting time after kill
- just a little range combat

Weapons & Extras:
+ 18 unique mechs
+ special abilitys
+ balanced weapons
- only 2 weapon slots per mech

+ fair F2P model
+ no imba mechs
- sometimes unfair matchmaking

Fans of mech games or just first-person-shooter fans in general will enjoy the speed and veracity at which HAWKEN delivers a powerful, engaging shooter experience.
Mechs of every shape and size, each with hundreds of customization options - whether functional or cosmetic -- abound the game marketplace, titillating potential buyers with relatively affordable prices. Nothing is of the dreaded "pay-to-win" model however.

The mech combat game is graphically very nice, especially for an indie title.
the maps are small, and the combat fast.
Before each match, players pick their mech. Mechs come in Light, Medium and Heavy classes.
Each offering a different play style. The game also gives each mech a difficulty rating. There's the Assault, a lightweight all-rounder that combines a medium range rifle with a TOW rocket launcher. Assault mechs are easy to use, but lack personality, like an off-brand toaster. The Rocketeer is more of a challenge, but a powerhouse in the right hands.

Each mech has a primary weapon and a secondary weapon.
you can customize their mechs in the Garage. three primary weapons are available to each mech.
Mechs can carry two items. offensive and support Items.
The Assault, for example, can instantly cool down its weapons if they overheat.

Mechs can be equipped with three internals, offensive, defensive and functional, which provide passive buffs and debuffs.
Leveling up buffs the mech's performance and unlocking new weapons, items and optimization. The cap is 25, at which point the player can choose to prestige the mech. Prestige will reset the mech's level back to 1 but will unlock special prestige weapons.
You'll earn optimisation points that you can use to advance through three RPG-style skill trees. Offence increases bullet damage, fire rate, and reduces weapon heat. Defence toughens up your armour and increases your dodge speed. Movement enables you to walk faster, makes you less visible to radar, and increases your fuel regeneration rate.

You start with a very old mech. this mech looks like a big tv screen with arms and big legs (very old one). Some players will probably end up buying Meteor Credits.
You'll have to spend 7000 Hawken Credits for that right . Or you could just spend 800 Meteor Credits instead - real cash. 800 Credits > around 4 dollars.

There are 5 game modes. deathmatch, team deathmatch, missle assault, siege and survival.
Deathmatch and survival are my fav. siege and missle assault are interesting too.
Missile Assault has two sides fighting to take control of three missile silos. When a silo is held, it continually launches rockets at the enemy base.
Siege mod: Players have to gather energy from the map, and bring it back to the base. When a certain amount is harvested, an big battleship is launched to the opposing team's base. When this happens, the other team has to secure an AA gun to shoot it down. Siege is maybe the best mode.

great mech shooter without a pay2win system. if you like heavy warmachines, choose your mech and jump in!

Thanks for reading! If you Like my Review, give me a Thumbs up in Steam (not the youtube video).
I make this for the Community and your help is greatly appreciated :)
Posted: October 2
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The best F2P Mech shooter you can get on Steam.

- Highly addictive. Gain XP and equip your mech with thousands of weapon combinations.
- Earn about 500 in-game badges (like achievements) and uplevel your mech to highest rank.
- Contains a lot of paying elements (like XP booster, emoticons, and other cosmetic) but you can just ignore them. Because mostly you buy your upgrades with the in-game earned currency.
- Really cool maps and I've just played team deathmatch yet.
- Fall in love with Laila, your female guide ...

Can you believe this? - The game is still early access.
Posted: October 3
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
600.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game receives the highest possible praise I can give a game... it doesn't suck. In fact... it is amazing on many levels. There are a ton of articles and reviews available on the interwebs, written by professionals... so I won't go into a ton of detail. I do want to point out a few things that stand out to me personally.

One of the first things I noticed is the art and attention to graphic design detail, it is just stunning.
<insert eloquent description of art and design aesthetic>

The pace and style of gameplay is perfect for both long sessions with friends or getting in a quickie match before going to school/work/chores. I will say that often that one quick match turns into "just one more", and then you've lost a few hours.
<insert anecdote about epic sessions and fitting in quick matches throughout the day>

On the topic of long sessions with friends... that may be a perfect segway to my favorite part of Hawken, and what makes it the amazing game it is, in my opinion.... the Hawken Pilot Community is awesome! I enjoy the game... but the joy I get from playing with this group of people... I don't have words for it.

My recommendation - download the game.... it's free, as in FREE. Get involved with a group/clan or make your own. Browse the Offical Community Forums site... join in on one of the many open community events. Have Fun and Good Luck!

Posted: October 16
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Best Game. Nuff said.
Posted: October 4
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
You can't quickscope
11/10 IGN
Posted: September 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
First of all, this game is about as Pay to Win as League of Legends is. You can get every mech in the game without spending a dime. All Mechs and weapons can be bought using the Hawken equivalent of IP, and customizations can be purchased with the Hawken RP.

Second, I'd like to say that I am an oldschool gamer and a die-hard fan of the Mechwarrior series. I first turned to Mechwarrior Online, but that game was a bitter dissapointment. You would only get one life per match, and the matchmaking was terrible. Once you died, you were out for the 20 minute plus snail race of a match. I had given up on Mechs for a long while, but then I saw HAWKEN.

I honestly love this game so much I don't know how to begin.
This game is fast paced. Unlike Mechwarrior Online, you respawn within ten seconds of your death, and the matches are always a brisk ten minutes in duration. Where as MechWO was needlessly complicated with no tutorial, This game is very easy to learn. At the same time, it is difficult to master, so don't think you won't be challenged. Everything is about skill, with perhaps a bit of luck thrown in as well. Team battles are tactical, yet don't panic if you get a bad team because a few skilled players can sometimes carry an entire team.
Each mech has a different unique ability, and a playstyle that maches. You can spend countless hours learning, mastering, and perfecting each one. My personal favorite is the Predator, who can remain indefinitely invisible, but firing turns of the cloak for a few seconds, and getting shot gives you about a 15 second cooldown. Each mech has default weapons, and then a few alternative weapons that you can unlock using the currency you gain from completing missions. Mechs are very fairly balanced, and every month or so a new patch is added to balance things further and add new content.
There are multiple game types to play, including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Siege (a king of the hill-esque game mode), and a co-op vs AI mode that actually is extremely difficult and entertaining. Do NOT neglect these matches because they are awesome.

Best Mech game out there.
This game is wicked sick with high-speed mech battles, explosions, and epic chases. If you aren't careful you will never stop playing. Great game to play with friends or by yourself :)
I'd tell you to buy it right now, BUT IT'S FREE!!!!
Posted: October 15
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Not bad, it's like Titanfall without humans, just robots EVERYWHERE. :D
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
fast mech action. needs a bigger variety of weapons. being able to swap loadouts faster would be nice.
gameplay is fun and addictive.
Posted: October 12
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is a really cool game, i recommend downloading it. the file size is relatively small, quick to download. the graphics are amazing for a free game, could use some touching up on somethings. now the customizations are endless from your cockpit to guns, from interior and exterior defense. they have many mechs available to buy and customize with different bodies, arms, legs, and paint jobs. the gameplay is smooth ( as long as you stick with teammates). they could add more game types within the game they have 4 standard rank modes, co op vs ai bots, 6v6 something or other. all in all to many features to list download to see all for your self
Posted: September 27
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Better than Cod and Titanfall oh wait i dont have titanfall
Posted: September 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
In my opinion its a very good thought out game , The gameplay is good , Good amount of action and all and all a very good game to fans of stuff lie Transformers or Armored Core but what would really make this a good game ( Or just improve the game ) is a story mode or something like that and also a offline mode
Posted: October 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is amazing. This is the game ive been looking for, for a LOOOOONG time! Its like a mix of Call Of Duty but with robots and WAY more fun. You have much more customization ability and just the gameplay is just incredible, but if your not into fast paced FPS games then I dont recomend it. But who knows! You just might enjoy it. Now onto the graphics. One word. I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E! These graphics definetly bring the game to life, andi t sure feels that way too when your in the game. You have a really cool and realistic HUD at the bottom of the screen, almost like its the monitor for a "real" mech. This just makes me wish that this was real. Now I have heard of the ability to use the Oculus Rift with this game, and immedietly in my mind i thought..."HOLY SHIAT.With the Utra realistic graphics, AND the Oculus Rift put together, you might as well be one with the game!" I definetly recommend to try for ALL.
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
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Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
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ths game ROCKS!!
Posted: October 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
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I love thing were you get to blow things up with big ♥♥♥ wepons
Posted: October 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
153.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review

-coop team death match and bot wave destruction just for fun and to grind xp.
-pvp team death match missle assualt etc for the competetive types.

I've played this game since before it was on steam and yes my opinion may be a little biased but if you knew me you would know I'm a cynical ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ who picks the crap out of games if I dont feel I've had enough fun but I love this game the only thing I think it needs is MORE DAMN PEOPLE PLAYING IT!

Posted: October 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Better than Titanfall.
Posted: October 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
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i love this game i have played it since before it was even on steam and was just starting it was great then and everything the have worked on has just made it even more fun besides who doesnt like fighting peope in giant robots like come on
Posted: October 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Polished, gorgeous game with fast-paced action in beautiful environments.

Not sure about the grinding yet ; you start with one mech and a few (currently 3) trial mechs you can play with.

Nice training sequence for newcomers, controls are easy to get used to, no problem at all finding online games.

In a few words : totally worth the download - give it a try, keep it there and have fun when you're ready for it :)
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Ever since TF2 started to betray me with various technical difficulties, I've been forced to look around Steam for new multiplayer experiences. I tried RoboCraft and grinded that for about a few months (Was fun until tier 6). Then my brother made me buy Strike Vector which is enjoyable in those very rare moments when there are people playing it and NOT constantly dominating you with dual rocket launchers. I've also played the Sniper Elite V2's multiplayer but that's funny for about a half hour up to an hour. Two hours if I listen to music at the same time. Sadly, I was getting bored...

But then I discovered HAWKEN. A game about mechs fighting each other with guns on their arms. You might have heard of Mechwarrior Online and you might be more interested in that rather than HAWKEN. But HAWKEN is like Mechwarrior's less realistic brother/sister, however, that doesn't mean HAWKEN is less fun. In fact, I really enjoyed HAWKEN because of its in-detail tutorial that explains mech movements that you can develop and master over time. Also I found it really easy to get into, but difficult to be really good at. That's pretty much my vision of TF2. "Easy to do, hard to master".

But the only sad thing about HAWKEN is that, like all the other free-to-play games, you have to grind it to get the more fancier stuff. But as long as you're having fun shooting at your mechanized opponents, you're going to enjoy this game very much.

I rate it 9/10.

Also, if you're new to HAWKEN, then I would like to inform you that every new player gets 500 Meteor Credits (The currency that consists of REAL WORLD money) for free. I'd just like to say that you should always think twice before spending it. Here's a tip: Get yourself a repair drone and a pair of thrusters. DO NOT buy cockpits, emoticons or weapons. You'll thank me later.
Posted: October 6
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