Oculus Rift is getting ready to close its Kickstarter campaign for dev kits, but we have one more announcement. Developers and fans backing the Oculus Kickstarter will be the first to experience the upcoming free-to-play first-person mech shooter HAWKEN in virtual reality. Meteor Entertainment and Oculus proudly announce that HAWKEN will be one of the first new games to launch with Oculus Rift virtual reality support. HAWKEN launches 12/12/12. HAWKEN will now join Doom 3 BFG as one of the first games that will be compatible with Oculus Rift.
HAWKEN virtual reality aims to deliver a fast paced immersive mech shooter. HAWKEN virtual reality will be a killer showcase of what developers can do with the Oculus SDK and Unreal Engine.
As you probably know, HAWKEN is a multiplayer free-to-play first-person mech shooter. Developed by Adhesive Games and published by Meteor Entertainment, players battle giant armored mechs amongst the ruined cities of a toxic planet. The new PC title is set to revolutionize digital game distribution as well as the mech genre, by delivering fast paced mech combat action and state-of-the-art visuals to hardcore players worldwide on the web through a free-to-play business model where players buy virtual goods rather than paying for the game up front.
Oculus Rift is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever. With an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, the Rift provides a truly immersive experience that allows you to step inside your favorite game and explore new worlds like never before. Oculus will be PAX Prime, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, but it will not be showing off HAWKEN at the show. That will come at a later date.
This year will be a fantastic year for fans of Mech-based gaming. I don’t know what exactly is going on with this – but 2012 appears to be the year to stomp heavy, jetpack, and eject from your nearly dead mech. Over the course of just a few months we have had a metric tonne of announcements regarding Mech games, which is going full throttle on the revival. I am a huge fan of the FASA series of MechWarrior (based on BattleTech of course), starting with MechWarrior 2 and played up through MechWarrior 4. When the original Xbox came out, I ended up playing MechAssault and found it a bit casual, but a bit of fun as well. That was around 2003 or 2004 when MechAssault 2 came out, FASA disbanded and no true Mech games have come out since.
I have listed the ones announced, unannounced, or at least hinted at in order: