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Check Out the Multiplayer Mech Madness of Hawken

Welcome to the crazy far-flung future, where indie games look as good as the big-budget ones.

I bet when you hear the phrase "indie games," your mind doesn't immediately run to stuff that looks like this:   



  

This crazy-looking giant-robot extravaganza is Hawken, a multiplayer-only mech shooter coming to the PC. Hawken earns the "indie" moniker because the home page for the developer, Adhesive Games, lists all of nine people (and three former employees) working on this thing. I'm sure the use of Unreal Engine 3 has eased the development process a bit, but you have to admit it's a pretty damn impressive-looking project for such a small group of people to turn out. (How well it plays is yet to be seen, of course.)

This footage has been floating around since last week, but I just caught it today and wanted to bring it to the attention of anyone who hasn't seen it. Consider me interested, and consider yourself informed!
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Posted by Brad

I bet when you hear the phrase "indie games," your mind doesn't immediately run to stuff that looks like this:   



  

This crazy-looking giant-robot extravaganza is Hawken, a multiplayer-only mech shooter coming to the PC. Hawken earns the "indie" moniker because the home page for the developer, Adhesive Games, lists all of nine people (and three former employees) working on this thing. I'm sure the use of Unreal Engine 3 has eased the development process a bit, but you have to admit it's a pretty damn impressive-looking project for such a small group of people to turn out. (How well it plays is yet to be seen, of course.)

This footage has been floating around since last week, but I just caught it today and wanted to bring it to the attention of anyone who hasn't seen it. Consider me interested, and consider yourself informed!
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Posted by SoldierG654342

Seems interesting.

Edited by rjayb89

I feel bad ABOUT NOTHIN'.

Posted by StarvingGamer

We had the fighting game renaissance. Now we need a multiplayer mech shooter renaissance.

Posted by InsidiousTuna

Man, this game looks really nice, and has some great art design (that giant battleship overhead was awesome), but the gameplay just does not look fun at all to me. It's all bunnyhops and circle-strafing. Not looking like my type of game, but definitely good on those guys for making it look that nice.

Posted by Yummylee

Con-sider yourself....in-formed.

Con-sider yourself...one of the family.


Posted by Vexed

This looks shecksay, the world needs more Mech games <3

Posted by xxNBxx

The art style kind of reminds me of Akira
Posted by Seppli

Needs environmental destructibility.

Looks awesome anyways though.

Posted by Seppli

Whatever happend to that Mechwarrior game, which got announced a while back?

     

Posted by SSully

I think it looks great. I would love if they got picked up by a bigger dev so this game could get better. I look forward to seeing the game when its finished. 

Posted by Dedodido
@SSully said:
" I think it looks great. I would love if they got picked up by a bigger dev so this game could get better. I look forward to seeing the game when its finished.  "
Getting picked up by a big developer wouldn't neccesarily make it better, in fact it would probably make it worse.
Posted by ZmillA

please be good, please come to XBLA

Posted by This_Dude

looks like it could be a lot of fun,  hopefully we get to see more soon.

Posted by wrecks

This looks pretty badass.

Posted by Ratfoot

Incredible

Posted by Roddykat

I love how this looks!

Posted by Marz

Makes me wonder about the Mechwarrior reboot,  hope it's not disappointing.   On the other hand this game looks pretty fantastic.

Posted by MisterMollusk
@StarvingGamer: Agreed. I like me some mech warriorin'
Posted by crusader8463

Looks and sounds great, doubly so considering only nine guys made it, but the gameplay looks dull.

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

Don't think I want to play this, but I love that it's happening.

Posted by TheYear20XX

This looks a hell of a lot like Phantom Crash and that can only be a good thing.

Edited by Toxin066

Wasn't there a thread about this in the forums? Brad, you need search before you just got posting stuff.

Posted by BadOrcLDR

Looks amazing. 

Posted by big_jon

I saw this before,looks amazing.

Posted by JohnPaulVann

Fuck this game looks awesome. Goes to show you that Clffy B's talk about the death of mid-level games was total bull-shit. Just the same as everything that son of a bitch says.

Posted by Wes899
@StarvingGamer said:
" We had the fighting game renaissance. Now we need a multiplayer mech shooter renaissance. "
Posted by Agent47

Wow...seriously?It can't possibly stay a PC exclusive?What are these people thinking?Now they are going to bankrupt themselves if they put all their effort into this.Which it seems.

Posted by JJOR64

Posted by twelve1784

The audio is bananas

Posted by heatDrive88

Shit if they slapped a Mechwarrior license on this (if that even still exists somewhere), I'd be down diggity forever and I'd be satisfied. Hell, I'd be happy without it as well, but this looks so great it almost looks like it should have been a Mechwarrior game.    

Posted by Skald

Dude, I like mechs.

Posted by chickdigger802

Had my volume up a fair bit. I'm impressed. They got the sounds pretty good.

Posted by MisterMouse

it looks pretty cool, and also for some odd reason refreshing when I am watching it.

Posted by ribeye

that looks awesome, looks like a new LAN party contender.  agree with the destructible environments, they're giant mechs they should be tearin' that shit up way more and knockin' chunks off, i like it

Posted by ViciousAnchovy

Every aspect of the mech design and movements and industrial sci-fi city design in this game appeals to me. I'm sold.

Posted by tweetspot

killzone 3 exo's on crack

Posted by gzl5000
@xxNBxx said:
" The art style kind of reminds me of Akira "
Agreed!

Tetsuoooo!!!
Posted by Seedofpower

Ooooo man im so getting this.

Posted by MiniPato

Quick Look when it comes out?!

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

9 guys?? That's seriously impressive. As someone who was majoring in game design but is now witching over to English, this actually makes me kind of regret the decision.. 

I was especially impressed by the high quality of the audio. Had my speakers up high for this and it didn't disappoint.  
Posted by Enigma777

Wow, that looks fucking crazy!

Posted by SSully
@Dedodido said:
" @SSully said:
" I think it looks great. I would love if they got picked up by a bigger dev so this game could get better. I look forward to seeing the game when its finished.  "
Getting picked up by a big developer wouldn't neccesarily make it better, in fact it would probably make it worse. "
Just from my experience of multiplayer only indie games, very few ever do that well and end up being shells of what they could really be. I just think with the backing of say... epic they would get that extra boost to make this something special. I dont want a 100 person team on it, just someone to give them some help. 
Posted by demontium

nah

Posted by pastabot

looks good

Posted by Tebbit

I've been keeping tabs on this game for a while, day one purchase guaranteed!

Posted by TheChaos

Posted by kitsune_conundrum

gotta get my mechwarrior fix somehow

Posted by MeierTheRed

Looks good, but i would rather have that Mech Warrior game that was showed a few years back.