HAWKEN, the mech shooter, came out in 2012 and got off to a reasonably good start but slowly but surely players started to drop off. In March 2014 the game was launched on Steam and was still there as an Early Access release until today.
In March 2015 the game was sold to Reloaded, the team that took on APB which flopped quite badly following its launch. In the early days of HAWKEN it was used extensively to demonstrate the power of the first Oculus Rift headsets but Meteor did not put any marketing budget behind the game, and in fact boasted that the game was selling itself through word of mouth within the HAWKEN gaming community. How wrong they were.
When Reloaded took it on they stated they were, “pretty excited to *now* be able to announce that Reloaded Games is the new owner of Hawken. It’s a seriously great honor to be a part of the Hawken story, and I want to see it thrive”.
In 2014 Meteor had attempted to revive the game on PC by making it free to play which was their last-ditch attempt to revive it before selling it off to Reloaded after Meteor shut down.
All options to keep HAWKEN alive on the PC appear to have failed so on 2 January 2018 the game will be removed from Steam and PC players will no longer be able to play the game. This action starts from today and all DLC and purchasable content will no longer be available. The game is also no longer searchable on Steam so it has effectively been removed.
The game appears to be staying alive for PS4 and Xbox One owners but that doesn’t help PC gamers who did want it to stick around.
The update reads as follows:
It’s been an incredible journey since the introduction of Hawken on Steam, back in 2014. The game’s success has been largely due to your continuous support. The Hawken community has been the cornerstone of this ever-evolving franchise.
After 3 great years, we are shutting down the PC Steam servers to refocus our development efforts. The PC game will officially be removed on January 2, 2018, and all DLC and purchasable content will also be unavailable starting today.
It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience working alongside such a dedicated PC player base. Your feedback and support has been invaluable to us, and the team looks forward to creating more great games based on what we’ve learned from you.
Thank you all very much for your support!