Lore Insight and New Trailer From July's HAWKEN

By Kelly Packard, 4 months ago
Considering it's a bunch of enormous mechs beating the crap out of each other, players might be surprised to learn the upcoming free-to-play shooter HAWKEN has a rich lore surrounding its universe. So much in fact that Reloaded Games Producer Josh Clausen says it's enough that "a hardback 100+ page graphic novel, a five-issue comic series, and a Brand Bible that covers a several-hundred-year timeline" all exist.

The story begins much like how many sci-fi tales do — with a quest for new and profitable resources on uninhabited planets. But instead of discovering a nasty race of aliens, corporations do in fact find valuable minerals on a planet previously thought uninhabitable called Illal. Mechs are utilized to accelerate the terraforming and mining and turn Illal into something resembling Earth. Lighter, faster and more combat-ready mechs are beginning to be created.


But everything changes when the HAWKEN virus breaks out. Named after James Hawken, a famous scientist and the virus' first victim, it "converts organic material into a fast-growing metallic crust that ultimately covers a vast portion of Illal’s surface." The death toll can only be described as "massive."

Despite the chaos another new resource is discovered on Illal, this one a valuable, regenerative energy source called Vitrolium. Greed being greed, despite the fact the planet is falling apart from the virus, smugglers can't resist the draw of obtaining and selling Vitrolium. And this, my friends, is the context in which HAWKEN is set.

There is also a new trailer, which you can check out below. Though the game originates from PC, the devs promise the controls were designed with a controller in mind.

HAWKEN is out on July 1st and it's already pre-loadable on your Xbox One. The achievement list has been scanned in too. Now all that's left to do is wait.
Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
College student, longtime gamer, writer and Sour Patch Watermelon enthusiast.