Hawken prepares for closed beta later this month

The launch of innovative free-to-play first-person mech shooter Hawken is getting closer and closer, and Adhesive Games has officially revealed plans for a closed beta, kicking off on October 26th until the 29th.

The test follows on from a couple of successful Alphas, says Khang Le, Creative Director and Co-founder of Adhesive Games:

The team has worked tirelessly to launch closed beta. Thanks to the awesome community, we learned a great deal from the Alpha 2 feedback. We’re super excited about opening the gate and having a larger fan base playing HAWKEN for the very first time! I can’t wait to see how the general audience receives the game and all the crazy tactics they come up to dominate on the HAWKEN battlefield.

Mark Long, CEO of Meteor Entertainment, continues:

HAWKEN’s Alpha 2 testing was great. We broke a lot of things and that’s good. The more that we find wrong now; the smoother open beta will go. We scaled up an order of magnitude in daily players and the server ping was so good we had players on the West Coast of the United States joining the United Kingdom servers. We cannot wait to see what happens as more players join in on closed beta.

If you haven’t yet caught up with Hawken, now’s a pretty good time to do so. It’s been flying a little under the radar, but deserves to be the centre of attention: Ushering in the next generation of AAA quality, free-to-play games, let’s not forget that this one has mechs.

The game’s been floating around since June 2012 and picking up awards all over the place – but developer Adhesive says these pale in comparison to the overwhelmingly positive feedback it’s been seeing from fans and Alpha 2 testers.

Want in? You’d better sign up quick: Head to www.playhawken.com/enlist for a chance to be invited into the closed beta.

…remember, if you miss out this time, who knows how long it’ll be before Hawken hits shelves!

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