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Hawken will sunset its PC Steam servers in January 2018, but not console servers

Free-to-play online shooter Hawken is sunsetting its Steam servers for PC users, Reloaded Games announced today, causing reviews of the game to tank.

“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!”

The game originally hit open beta in 2012, with multiple relaunches and then the Steam early access release following Reloaded’s acquisition of the project. The game does not currently support local servers, so this is pretty much it for you if you play on PC. Consolers, however, appear to have been spared; both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game just got an update in September.

Our condolences to players affected by the decision.

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Burstfire’s tactical shooter gives players one life per game

If you only had one life in a FPS match, how would it change your playstyle? Think about the implications of such a rule carefully because this is the premise of new multiplayer shooter Burstfire.

Made by ex-Hawken devs, Burstfire is a 5v5 tactical shooter in which every player has one life per round. This is done with the hope of promoting strategic thinking and a slower, more nail-biting pace. Players aren’t restricted as to the weapons they use and can utilize tools and ingenuity to alter the battlefield and create new paths to objectives.

The game is currently accepting alpha signups on its website.

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Hawken snapped up by Reloaded Games

After languishing in limbo for the better part of a year, mech shooter Hawken will apparently be returning, thanks to a deal with Reloaded Games. The APB: Reloaded publisher signed a deal late last week to buy Hawken from Meteor Entertainment.

“I’m pretty excited to now be able to announce that Reloaded Games is the new owner of Hawken,” Producer Joshua Clausen posted on Facebook. “It’s a seriously great honor to be a part of the Hawken story, and I want to see it thrive. Once the forums are up we will post more information (they’ve been taking a lot longer than I was hoping).”

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