Hawken crashes onto Steam Early Access

The free-to-play Hawken has arrived on Steam Early Access and current players have been given Steam keys to make the transition easier. If you're looking to jump into the game for the first time, it's not going to be so much free-to-play for you.

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Adhesive Games would like players to know that there's more than one mech-based shooter in town. The free-to-play Hawken has made its transition to Steam Early Access and current users have been sent Steam keys to make the transition easier. If you don't currently have a Hawken account and want to join the beta, then the game might not be so much free-to-play for you.

Hawken's Steam Transition Guide explains that new players will only be able to join the Hawken beta with purchase of a Nemesis bundle. The bundle comes with nine mechs with their weapons unlcoked, a Bloody Hawken Pilot Emblem, and the Spooky Ghost Repair Drone (RD-B00) for $29.99. Newcomers that attempt to enlist through the Hawken website will be required to punch in their Nemesis bundle Steam key.

"During the first phase of Early Access, new pilots will be required to purchase a bundle in order to play," explains Meteor Entertainment community manager Micah Monfrini in the initial announcement. "We felt this was necessary to help control our server load and offer the very best experience possible to all players. Once a bundle is purchased you'll be provided a code to assist with creating your pilot account on our website. Please note that a pilot account is required to play Hawken."

The paid barrier of entry isn't meant to be permanent, however. The Hawken Steam FAQ explains that this will only run through the Early Access period. Once the game exits Early Access, the Steam listing will be updated as a "Free-to-Play" title.

Check out Hawken's Steam launch trailer below. The full version of Hawken is expected to arrive later this year.

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    February 15, 2014 2:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Hawken crashes onto Steam Early Access.

    The free-to-play Hawken has arrived on Steam Early Access and current players have been given Steam keys to make the transition easier. If you're looking to jump into the game for the first time, it's not going to be so much free-to-play for you.

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      February 15, 2014 2:20 PM

      How is this, anyone try it yet?

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        February 15, 2014 2:42 PM

        I played it for a couple of hours a few days ago. The short story is I don't see myself getting into it at all. There is a massive grind to unlock mechs, and the game itself just isn't rewarding. While shooting giant robots is fun, it doesn't seem to have the sense of scale needed to really represent giant STOMPY robot fights.

        Plus, with titanfall coming out, I suspect the players for this game are going to migrate over to what appears to be a better product.

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          February 15, 2014 2:51 PM

          All free to play games are grinds if you don't spend money on them. That's how they're set up. I haven't spent a lot of time with Hawken, but it's more like an FPS than a mech simulator, but there are plenty of interesting mechanics to set it apart from the usual infantry combat. The graphics and audio are great. I'm too inexperienced to judge, but by most accounts, there is no in game advantage to spending money: the starter mech can be just as effective as any of those that must be unlocked or purchased.

          Anyway, if you're curious, give it a try when it's free.

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        February 15, 2014 7:48 PM

        I played it over a year ago during closed BETA. I liked it. It doesn't quite feel like a mech game, and that's not a bad thing. It's more like playing Quake because it's a fast paced game versus the slower tank like stuff you get with most mech based titles. They've got some spec options in there to so you can balance your mechs more to a specific role or play style.

        I would have kept playing but my motherboard died and it took some time for the RMA and to get a replacement and after I'd got it back I'd moved on.

        While the XP and stuff was still very alpha, I don't think Moonfist is far off with his description.

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      February 15, 2014 2:43 PM

      uh haw haw haw, hoo-ee!

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      February 15, 2014 3:17 PM

      I still have 50 dollars in free credit for this game from my video card purchase last year, any suggestions on how to spend it? Or, conversely, are there any hardcore Hawken fans here who would want to buy it from me for like $25-30 or a Steam game? I still haven't redeemed the code.

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        February 15, 2014 3:30 PM

        It seems like the rocketeer is pretty powerful from what I've been playing this week. It's currently one of the free ones you can test out (I think they rotate these but I'm not sure).

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      February 15, 2014 7:48 PM

      It looks pretty boring.

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        February 16, 2014 2:54 AM

        It gets boring fairly fast but its fun for a day or so worth trying once its free.

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        February 16, 2014 4:06 AM

        lol this and TItanFall are the must fun i've had in a multiplayer since UT3 and COD4... Hawken is incredibly deep in its strategies and Mechs difference.... the audio is simply on another level... keep in mind that only a handful of devoted indie developers made this game... it is a JEWEL|