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.

Source: Facebook. With thanks to Dan!
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“After 3 great years”

Cant have been all that great.

Erik Heinze-Milne

This is why always online games are bad. You spend money and time, and the company can just totally pull the rug out from under you any time they want with absolutely no consequences.

Shane S

It was fun in the beginning, later hackers destroyed any fun out of it

Sufo Jareth

Hawken is really fun and I played it for quite a while. Sad to see it go. WIll probably install it again to get some time with it before January.

Kickstarter Donor

I enjoyed the beta years back but it came out at the exact same time as the original MWO offerings. BattleTech and MechWarrior were a giant part of my life in the 90s. I naturally went with MWO, still play and have never really looked back. This article has prompted me to redownload Hawken though, I think I may have had some old starter pack redeems I never played with. It was fun and deserves a last hurrah.

Kickstarter Donor

Man, this game has had a…I don’t know if I’d call it “wild” but…a “ride” since it was first announced. It had so much going for it but never really seemed to capitalize on it, at least not for very long.

Such a bummer, I have great memories of playing and enjoying this quite a bit for a while, but the lack of solid forward momentum on the game caused me to let it fall by the wayside after a bit.

That’s too bad for the dedicated community it had left and anyone who was still working on the game (was anyone even still working on it?). It had a decent run despite its problems.

Jack Kerras

I loved this game. :/

Bye, Hawken. I wish you’d done better.