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Hawken gets launch date, beta programme

Hawken gets launch date, beta programme

Hawken is looking mighty pretty, and Adhesive Games claims it'll be launched as a free-to-play title before the end of the year.

Indie developer Adhesive Games has given giant robot fans the news for which they've been waiting: Hawken has a launch date, and it's going to be free to play.

Based heavily on the fondly-remembered and soon-to-be-revived MechWarrior franchise, Hawken is an effort to create a modern multiplayer first-person shooter evoking memories of its spiritual predecessors. While Adhesive is working on keeping the game fast-paced, it's also ensuring that players really get the feeling that they're piloting a building-sized multi-tonne machine of futuristic war.

Response to videos released by the group have been overwhelmingly positive. Developed in Epic's Unreal Engine, it's undeniably attractive. Sadly, the company has been quiet of late, breaking silence in early January simply to confirm the project was still on track.

Now we know precisely where that track leads: a release before the end of the year. According to an update published by the company yesterday, Hawken will be released on the 12th of December this year: 12/12/12. In addition, it's going to be a free-to-play PC-only multiplayer title.

Details of the precise model being adopted by Adhesive for Hawken are not yet available. The company will likely be looking to monetise its efforts, but with the game being free there are limited options. It's possible the company will opt for a microtransaction model, where in-game upgrades can be purchased for real-world money. Alternatively, it may be looking into a 'freemium' model whereby players can progress only so far into the game before having to start a new character from scratch or pony up some cash.

For those curious as to how the game will work, there's an extra bit of news: registration has opened for a closed beta. To build up buzz surrounding the title, Adhesive has opted for a pyramid scheme-style system: registering on the official site provides a link, and if a player can convince three of his or her friends to sign up they get their callsign reserved. Sadly, that's about it: there's no guarantee of entry into the beta, no matter how many sign-ups you get under your belt.

While you wait, it's worth checking out the game's screenshot and video gallery for a hint of things to come. If Hawken plays as good as it looks, you can consider us officially excited.

Will you be signing up for the closed beta, or has the ponzi-style nature of the marketing effort turned you off? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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B1GBUD 7th February 2012, 14:48 Quote
I hate this Freeplay model that gives you the most basic access to the game, then hides the true cost using micro-transactions. Didn't Bit do something a while ago regarding the total cost of micro-transactions if you were to buy everything that was available? I seem to remember the total cost of ownership for some games ran into the £hundreds?

If the game is good, whats wrong with charging £30 - £35 for it?

Edit: Found it.... http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/pc/2011/09/19/the-microtransaction-investigation/1
damien c 7th February 2012, 14:54 Quote
It look's like it will be a good game but I have to agree with B1gbud the micro transaction system seems abit stupid but who knows it might be limited to only a few item's costing very little.
SMIFFYDUDE 7th February 2012, 19:42 Quote
I thought the same about the free to play model when I heared about it in the forum the other day. I personally would much prefer to just buy a copy.
AyexeM 7th February 2012, 20:08 Quote
I can't wait for this game. Since I have no gamer friends I must shamelessly post my referral link :

http://playhawken.com/?ref=9fjpsvjp
LordPyrinc 7th February 2012, 20:30 Quote
Game play videos look sweet!!

So long as a player can still earn the same paid for content over time through experience/kills without having to purchase, I wouldn't mind. I guess we will have to wait for more details on it for now.
feathers 7th February 2012, 20:34 Quote
I guess they don't have enough confidence in the quality of the game so it's "free to play"
rogerrabbits 8th February 2012, 01:58 Quote
I don't know anything about the quality, but the gameplay looks very bad to me.
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