Scientific fact: the more giant robots the better the game. It stands to reason then that Hawken may be the best game ever created, because it is entirely giant robots battling against each other. Source? How about the video game itself, which everyone can now experience in its all its glory -- for free. Hawken is entering its open beta phase today, and while there have been some hiccups the servers should be up soon.
In a producer letter from Jason Hughes of Adhesive games, the development team behind Hawken excitedly welcomes the incoming players:
"We're just hours away from the Open Beta of HAWKEN! We can't thank you enough for your interest, support and passion for our game. The excitement from you means more than you know and it's a great boost of energy for us; a shot in the arm so to speak. Make no mistake, we've been working extreme hours to ensure this is the best possible game we can make and there is still so much to come; the features on the near horizon are not small additions and we can't wait for you to see them!"
On top of opening the beta to the public, Hawken is receiving several balance changes, bug fixes and also some solid content. Part of this involved the removal of the server browser in order to fully test the game's matchmaking service. Another is the introduction of Siege Mode 2.0, though I'm not familiar enough to describe the differences from 1.0. A new starting mech, mech components and plenty more await open beta players.
Check out Hawken's home page and click on the big "Play Free" button to make an account and download the client. While it may still seem like a small indie game with a lot of promise, I can see it turning into the next big free-to-play multiplayer game on the market over night. We're talking eSports here, Counter Strike style. Give it a try.