The Future of Hawken: Mechanic Mechs and PhysX Physics
Hawken’s New Direction? Right on Course
I’m pretty happy with where Hawken is heading in 2013. The new maps and mechs, with an emphasis on change and diversity, mean Adhesive and Meteor are gunning for an ever-expanding audience, and not just the established shooter fan base. eSports also seems to be an important cog in the Hawken machine, as the included tools will make streaming and competing a comparative cakewalk when compared to other titles. From in-game, Skype-like voice quality, to meetings and discussions with Twitch.TV and MLG, to a built-in spectator mode and demo recording, Hawken is primed for a spot in the eSports limelight.
The jury is still out on the free to play scheme, as there are still concerns that Hawken will devolve into a pay-to-win scenario. If you can look past the F2P pitfalls, however, you’ll find a shooter that’s just about to hit its stride. A commitment to a diverse class system, new maps on the regular, and the promise of robust eSports support should keep Hawken fun – and relevant – for the foreseeable future.