Hawken is a free-to-play multiplayer mech combat video game developed by Adhesive Games.
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Developer
Adhesive Games
Engine
UDK
Platforms
DK1 MS Windows (game)
Peripherals
Keyboard & mouse
Xbox 360 controller
PlayStation 3 controller
Release date
September 11, 2013
Genre
Mech First person shooter
Mode
Multiplayer

Gameplay


Goal

The game takes place in a dystopian human-colonized planet industrialized to the point of collapse, in which the hunt for resources has become a battle for survival. The game focuses on creating an intense battle experience that captures the feel of piloting a mech while keeping the action fast-paced and strategic.

Controls

Keyboard & mouse :
  • the in-game keyboard map is shown when clicking on the Gear Icon in the game header to the right of the Mail Icon and selecting Key Bindings.

Xbox 360 controller (suggested defaults) :
  • Right/Left Bumper : primary/secondary fire
  • Left Trigger : secondary fire
  • Right Stick (click) : weapon special function
  • Left Stick (click) : help requested
  • Right Trigger : boost modifier
  • Left Trigger : hover/fly
  • A : item 1
  • X : item 2
  • B : heal
  • Y : ability
  • Macros :
    • Start or D-Pad left : push to talk
    • Select : toggle scoreboard
    • D-Pad up : enemy sighted
    • D-Pad down : interact
    • D-Pad right : mech emote
    • D-Pad left : holo taunt

Development

Support for the Oculus Rift was initially announced on August 27, 2012 on the Oculus VR blog [1] for the 12.12.12, coinciding with the release of the open beta, but it wasn't available at this date.

A demo of the game with Oculus Rift support was shown at GDC 2013 and reviewed in an article at Road To VR [2] on March 25, 2013. On April 27, 2013 Cymatic Bruce posted a video [3] of Hawken gameplay on the Oculus Rift using some specific configuration settings, confirming initial support for the Oculus Rift albeit with a lot of issues.

In July 2013 Road To VR reached out to Oculus [4] about the state of the project. They responded that the tragic passing of Andrew Reisse who led the Rift integration for Hawken set them back, that both sides were still working on it but that it was taking longer than expected.

After some months without updates, it was announced on July 18, 2013 on the game website [5] that a new update was coming with basic Oculus Rift support. Later in August 14, 2013 Jason Hugues (producer of Hawken) confirmed in an IGN video interview [6] that the next update coming at the end of August would have Oculus Rift support.

On September 2, 2013 it was announced on the Hawken forums [7] that the Hawken: Ascension patch would be available in September 5, 2013, with no mention of Oculus Rift support in the release notes. Jason Hughes said in a following message that Rift support was indeed available in the patch and that it was considered to be in an Alpha state. On September 4, 2013 it was announced [8] that due to unforeseen issues they had to delay the release until September 10, 2013. The patch became available in September 11 [9], 2013 and eventually included Oculus Rift support [10], although not out of the box [11].

Meteor Entertainment (publisher) closed its Seattle office in March 2014 [12] and the rights to the game have been acquired by Reloaded Games in March 2015 [13].

Media



In the media

Oculus at GDC 2013 — Hands-on with Hawken, TF2, DriVR, and Epic Citadel at Road To VR - March 25, 2013
Oculus: “Hawken VR is coming — Stay tuned” at Road To VR - July 10, 2013

Relevant forum threads


Before release

Hawken at the Oculus Developer Forums
Any news on Hawken? at Reddit
How to get Hawken to work for the Rift? Official Support yet? at Reddit
Why I don't think we'll ever see Hawken playable on the Rift at the Oculus Developer Forums

After release

Oculus Rift Help at the Hawken Forums
Getting double-vision with Oculus, how to adjust IPD for hawken? at the Hawken Forums
HAWKEN: Ascension is live! Native Rift support still not ready. at Reddit
RIFTED HAWKEN IS HERE!!! WOOOOOOOOU \o/ at MTBS3D
http://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/2g47te/where_is_hawken_dk2_support/

2016

https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/42rtmf/what_happened_to_hawken_is_it_still_working_on/

References

  1. ^ Hawken to Launch Oculus-ready December 2012!
  2. ^ Oculus at GDC 2013 — Hands-on with Hawken, TF2, DriVR, and Epic Citadel
  3. ^ Bruce's Breaking News: Hawken + Rift Part 2 - Setup and Issues
  4. ^ Oculus: “Hawken VR is coming — Stay tuned”
  5. ^ Producer Letter: The Next Update
  6. ^ Hawken Oculus Rift Commentary
  7. ^ HAWKEN: Ascension Patch Notes
  8. ^ HAWKEN: Ascension Delay & Community Playtest
  9. ^ HAWKEN: Ascension has arrived!
  10. ^ Oculus Rift Help
  11. ^ HAWKEN: Ascension is live! Native Rift support still not ready.
  12. ^ Meteor Entertainment closes Seattle office, CEO steps down as Hawken struggles to find footing
  13. ^ People behind APB Reloaded buy Hawken

External links

Official website
Hawken at Wikipedia