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Hawken devs working on VOIP problems, team balancing and more

Hawken, Adhesive Games' mech-based shooter, will receive improvements to VOIP chat and team balancing, according to a recent developer update. Producer Jason "[HWK] Hughes" Hughes wrote that VOIP "only works some of the time," and the developer is working on that problem. There doesn't appear to be a quick solution, and that puts a strain on the developer. "Voice communication is deeply integrated into our platform SDK and as there is no quick and easy fix," Hughes wrote. "We are exploring solutions which include potentially ripping out what we have and replacing it with something else but that's not ideal. We have a finite amount of resources and although it's a very high priority issue for us, sometimes there is work for the platform team that takes a higher priority over VOIP...

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Hawken celebrates Steam launch with a mech-infused trailer

Adhesive Games celebrated the Steam launch of Hawken with a new trailer today that showcases the mech-based shooter's vehicles and environments. Press play above to see Hawken's decimated landscapes overrun by mechanical warriors. Adhesive announced earlier this month that it was moving the game to Steam Early Access with its February update. Non-Steam Hawken players can check out the developer's Steam Transition Guide to ease the move. New players can purchase the $29.99 Nemesis Bundle of the Windows PC game on Steam, which comes with "a massive bundle of mechs and other goodies." For more on Hawken's development, check out Polygon's interview with the developers at Meteor.

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Multiplayer mech shooter Hawken coming to Steam

Multiplayer mech combat game Hawken is coming to Steam, developer Adhesive Games announced on the game's blog. Hawken is being moved from its existing launcher onto Valve's service, with Adhesive planning to move all players onto Steam in time for Hawken's February update. Invitations to download the game through Steam began going out yesterday, with more to be sent out in waves throughout the week. New account creation has also been suspended until the game's next update in February. Once the transition is complete, Hawken will only be accessible through Steam and players will need a Steam account in order to play. Players will need to redownload and reinstall the game within Steam, which will allow them to take advantage of a number of new features, including Steam Wallet...

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The inspiration behind Hawken's Last Eco map

The Last Eco map in Adhesive Games' free-to-play first-person mech shooter, Hawken, was inspired by Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus and Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, according to a recent Q&A provided to Polygon. Unlike many of Hawken's sci-fi settings, which take inspiration from titles such as Blade Runner, Cowboy Bebop and Alien, Last Eco is set in a sprawling, moody forest. Adhesive Games CEO Khang Le said he was fond of the "expansive canopy above that blocked out the sun" from Shadow of the Colossus. Le also credits Princess Mononoke as a "great influence." "Last Eco represents the only remaining natural landscape on the planet of Illal," Le said. "As most Hawken maps have focused on the post-apocalyptic urban theme, the lush, open-space forest of Last Eco works well as...

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Space dogfights, movie theaters and walking tanks in virtual reality

One day the Oculus Rift will show up in stores. But for now it's in the hands of people making wonderful things for it. Not necessarily games, but experiences. There's the chance to skydive, to tour an active volcano, to stare into the whitewashed sky of a winter morning and trace the flakes of snow drifting toward your face, to stand in an elevator or sit in a movie theater and watch a movie. We spent a chunk of a day at Gamescom sitting down with developers and the people behind the virtual reality headset to try and get a sense of where the gear is headed and what sort of impact it might have on gaming. Playing Eve Valkyrie, a space dogfighting game designed for the high-definition version of the Rift, was the most polished, most fun experience. Despite being the least impressive,...

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Brosie the Riveter's got guts: Pranking your CEO and pushing for gender equality

Adhesive Games' Hawken is a free-to-play shooter featuring mech combat, and one of its pieces of promotional artwork features a giant green robot suit. The mech, however, stands in the background, obscured by a shapely young brunette woman holding a welding torch and a flint spark lighter — and baring not just her torso, but the bottom half of her breasts. "You are free to fight," reads the tagline on the poster, for which artist Justin Hampton drew inspiration from World War II-era "Rosie the Riveter" propaganda. Mark Long, the CEO of Hawken publisher Meteor Entertainment, is a partner at Roque La Rue, an alternative art gallery in Seattle, and an avowed fan and collector of what's sometimes known as "chick art," he told Polygon over email recently. Long loved the Hawken poster so...

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Hawken lead designer explores the Front Line map in a new video

Hawken, Adhesive Games' free-to-play first-person mech shooter, received a new update and map recently, and lead designer Tyler Buser walked viewers through Front Line's corridors in the new video above. Check out the video to see the map's two "competing themes," Sentium and Prosk, as well as the turrets, routes and jump pads that pepper Front Line's landscape. The map is available to play now in Team Deathmatch, Missile Assault and Deathmatch modes, courtesy of the recent Facility update. Polygon went hands-on with Hawken and the Oculus Rift during GDC 2013, so be sure to check out our impressions of both. For more, you can also watch a recent video for the new Facility map and sign up to participate in the game's current beta at the official Hawken website.

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Hawken trailer details new symmetrical map Facility

The latest trailer from Hawken, Adhesive Games' mech-based first-person shooter, includes tour of Facility, a symmetrical map set deep within the Heidron District. The trailer, which you can watch above, is narrated by level designer Tyler Buser. According to the video's description, Facility's main structure lies within the map's heart. The central chamber includes several entrances and exist for concealment and escape, and the facility's front missile silo includes "an exposed battlement that is a favorite of Rocketeers." "The missile silo's triangular layout ensures that no capture point is ever to far to engage, nor too safe to leave undefended," Buser says. "... Though dangerously exposed and uncertain, taking the high point is possible with a direct approach and brute force." H...

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Hawken receives Service Awards Achievement system

Adhesive Games' Hawken received more than 300 Service Awards in the Technician Update, according to a post on the game's official site. Many Service Awards come with Hawken Credits, the in-game currency, which can range from 50HC an achievement for performing a certain amount of assisted kills, to 2,500HC for playing 100 hours of Hawken with the On the Clock 3 achievement. Players can track their progression of awards by viewing Service Awards tab by clicking on their call-sign, and achievements are broken down by sub category, such as General, Game Modes, Mech Specific and Maps. The Technician Update, which rolled out last week, also introduced the latest purchasable mech, the Technician. Meteor told Polygon in an interview that the mech is designed to make Hawken more accessible...

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Hawken's Technician mech opens the battlefield to less twitchy players

Hawken's next purchasable mech, the Technician, will make the game more accessible to new players when it launches with the game's April update, Meteor Entertainment producer Paul Loynd told Polygon in a recent interview. The Technician possesses a unique ability that promises to turn Hawken's mechanized battlefield on its ear: It can heal and buff its teammates. Using a gun reminiscent of that of Team Fortress 2's Medic, the Technician can channel energy through its weapon to heal friendly units, charge that energy to provide them with damage-reducing buffs or turn the weapon on foes to drain their health, and reduce their armor. It's a relatively simple weapon to use, whether you're targeting friend or foe. Loynd said that developer Adhesive Games has been planning on adding the...

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