Hawken Open Beta Goes Live

Hawken Open Beta Goes Live

The open beta for the for Hawken, the upcoming multiplayer mech combat game has gone live has a few hours ago. It also brings with it a big patch that refines the game in many ways, all of which you can see below.

OPEN BETA PATCH NOTES

Overview

Our Alpha and Closed Beta test pilots have helped us immeasurably by playtesting HAWKEN and providing their impressions and suggestions on the official forums. As a direct result of your experiences over the past months, we’re proud to present the HAWKEN Open Beta patch notes.

MECHS

Assault Mech

All players will start with the Assault mech with the following loadout.
Name: Assault
Class: Medium (Class B)
Chassis: Fred
Ability: Weapons Coolant
Primary Weapon: Assault Rifle
Alternate Primary Weapon: Submachine Cannon
Secondary Weapon: TOW Launcher
Unlockable Prestige Weapon: Point-D Vulcan
Support Item: Shield
Offensive Internal: Brand-New Radiator (Rookie Offensive Internal)
Defensive Internal: Brand-New Cage (Rookie Defensive Internal)
Functional Internal: Brand-New Regulator (Rookie Functional Internal)
Vanguard Mech

Players who purchased the Ensign, Lieutenant, or Commander bundles will receive the exclusive, prototype Vanguard mech with the following loadout.
Name: Vanguard
Class: Heavy (Class C)
Chassis: Cupcake
Ability: Vanguard Turret (currently operates same as Mobile Turret)
Primary Weapon: Submachine Cannon
Alternate Primary Weapon: Mini Flak Cannon
Secondary Weapon: Grenade Launcher
Unlockable Prestige Weapon: Point-D Vulcan
Offense Item: Detonator
Support Item: Repair Charge
Offensive Internal: Brand-New Radiator (Rookie Offensive Internal)
Defensive Internal: Brand-New Cage (Rookie Defensive Internal)
Functional Internal: Brand-New Regulator (Rookie Functional Internal)
ITEMS

Rookie Internals

All Assault and Vanguard mechs come equipped with “rookie” internals which have no negative effects unlike other internals.
Brand-New Radiator (Rookie Offensive Internal): Reduces Weapon Heat Generation by 5%
Brand-New Cage (Rookie Defensive Internal): Increases Maximum Armor by 5%
Brand-New Regulator (Rookie Functional Internal): Increases Experience Gain by 20%
Please note that while internal slots unlock at mech levels 8, 10, and 12, rookie internals will affect your gameplay starting at mech level 1. You won’t be able to change out these internals until the slots are unlocked.

Countermeasures

We’ve added a new gameplay item called countermeasures. These automatic consumables activate when there is a status or condition present. Each activation consumes one countermeasure use. All countermeasures are drawn from an account-wide inventory of countermeasure uses, the pilot decides which (if any) countermeasure type to equip to a mech in their garage. Please note that countermeasures will only activate once per mech “life”.
Extinguisher: Reduces weapon heat upon overheat.
Battery Charge: Reactivates systems disabled when affected by EMP effect.
Descrambler: Renders mech immune to the Radar Scrambler effect.
Team HAWKEN likes to get this party started right, so each HAWKEN account will start with 15 countermeasure uses pre-stocked!

Repair Drones
Each repair drone now has its own, unique body style.
Commanders of the Vanguard Initiative also start with the exclusive PY-R0 H0G repair drone equipped to their Vanguard mech.
Thrusters
Cosmetic thruster effects now have unique nozzle designs.
Ensigns, Lieutenants, and Commanders of the Vanguard Initiative also start with the exclusive PY-R0 BURN thruster equipped to their Vanguard mech.
Camouflages
You’ll be ready to literally rocket the runway with these awesome camos: Wicked-Grn, Ripples-Yel, Earth-Lime, Pixel-Tan, Wisp-Brn, Worm-Or, Boom-Teal, Checker-Pnk.
Ensigns, Lieutenants, and Commanders of the Vanguard Initiative also start with the exclusive Vanguard Bronze, Silver, and/or Gold (depending on their Vanguard Initiative tier) camo equipped to their Vanguard mech.
Chassis
The new Brommens medium chassis is now available in the Body Shop.
Functionality
Auto-switching of items upon use can now be disabled from the Settings Menu.
GAMEPLAY

Tutorials
Interactive Basic Training and Garage Store tutorials are now available in the Deploy pane.
Siege Mode

We are extremely excited about the evolution of this mode, but in the short-term we consider it a work in progress. We’re carefully watching how it’s played and are eager to get your insights on how you feel we can improve it.
Bases now have integer-based health like mechs.
The energy required to launch a battleship now reduces over time instead of increasing over time.
Battleships will automatically launch if an energy requirement reaches zero this way.
When launched, battleships will stop outside an enemy base and do damage to it.
Per team, only one battleship can be active at any given time.
Energy Stations no longer run out of energy, but they will provide less per second when simultaneously used by multiple mechs.
Level Cap and Overflow XP
The mech level cap is now 25.
When you reach level 25, you can unlock each mech’s prestige weapon. You will still gain XP on level 25 mechs. This XP is called “Overflow XP” and can be transferred from the level-capped mech to a lower-level mech in your Garage.
Please note that Overflow XP is not active as of this patch.
Balance
Radar and Radar Scrambler items now bounce off of walls and ceilings, deploying on the ground when they land.
Collision on all turret items has been removed, allowing for improved player mobility after deployment.
All internals now have positive and negative effects with the exception of rookie internals.
Maps
The interactive Basic Training tutorial takes you to a new training map, allowing rookies and veterans to the basics of HAWKEN by fighting sweetly inept AI drones.
Anticipate updates and improvements to this map on a regular basis.
Adjustments have been made to Bazaar’s layout for improved balance between starting locations.
Landmarks have been added to all maps to help players become more familiar with maps and make it easier to locate teammates.
Weapons

Our weapons have undergone balance updates thanks to the community’s great feedback and testing. We all know the weapons are vital to making HAWKEN feel amazing and fun to play. New players won’t notice a difference so this is mainly to inform our more experienced pilots.

Overall, weapons should behave much closer to how they performed in Closed Beta Event 2, with added emphasis on consistent feedback to the player and removing extremely high burst damage.
Short to Mid Range
Flak Cannon: Slightly decreased damage, but decreased heat generation and spread to compensate.
Mini Flak Cannon: Decreased rate of fire and damage, but decreased spread and heat generation to compensate.
Submachine Cannon: Decreased spread to make it more effective at mid range. Previously known as Submachine Gun.
Point-D Vulcan: Increased spread to make it less effective at range, but reduced heat generation.
Mid to Long Range
Assault Rifle: Decreased heat generation and spread, making it much more effective at mid and long ranges.
SA Hawkins: Decreased heat generation and highly increased accuracy. Also increased rate of fire to more effectively chip opponents down.
Long Range
Slug Rifle: Highly decreased spread to make it extremely accurated while zoomed in. Also decreased spread while not zoomed in.
Sabot Rifle: Highly decreased spread while zoomed in and unzoomed. Slightly increased damage to allow for better bursts.
Explosive Weapons
Rev-GL: The Rev-GL was overhauled to make it much more effective in every situation, especially in one-on-one combat. Its projectile grenades travel at a higher velocity to hit targets easier and its damage was increased slightly.
EOC Repeater: We increased the radius of deployed projectiles. Projectiles now do more damage to players who walk over them.
HEAT Cannon: Slightly decreased charged projectile damage.
Seeker: Increased projectile speed, but decreased homing strength, meaning they won’t track opponents quite as well. Fixed a bug where projectiles were locking onto opponents too easily.
Hellfire Missiles: Decreased damage slightly, bringing it closer to other secondary weapons.
USER INTERFACE
The Garage has been renovated with a new look.
The Garage and Deploy menus have been improved.
The in-game interface has been updated with major changes to the HUD and item icons.
Lore and polished descriptions have been added to nearly every item, weapon, and mech.
AUDIO
Music has been added to the Garage, Deploy, and Postgame panes.
Lots of new sound effects and sound variations.
BUG FIXES
Massive improvements to localization support.
Environment collision has been improved on all maps.
Optimizations have been performed on all maps.
Heavy mechs in turret mode can now use items.
XP and HC gain are no longer improperly recorded on rare occasions.
Beautified the sky on the Uptown map.
Players will no longer see their own thruster exhaust visuals in the HUD.
Left and right weapons will no longer appear swapped in Postgame pane or in holograms.
The “Syncing Account” message should no longer appear when failing to join a match.
Heavy mechs can now exit turret mode while overheated.
Players names no longer appear twice on the scoreboard. No more doppelgangers!

 


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