Hawken developer Adhesive Games has released its significant Ascension update after a slight delay. Get the details here.
UPDATE 2: The patch came out at the weekend, but you can check out a trailer for the update’s new map and we’ve got patch notes below. Enjoy!
UPDATE: In a press release sent to VG247 today, publisher Meteor Entertainment confirmed that the Ascension update will now launch September 10. The company explained, “Unfortunately we discovered some brand new issues that are preventing the patch from meeting our quality standards,” which has led to the delay.
The note continued, “This will allow us to fix these problems and perform more stress testing. In order to do this, we need Hawken players to assist us,” and added, “In order to ensure the success of this test, we will be granting all registered Hawken players who registered an account before August 20, 2013 temporary access to the current Hawken: Ascension build with one simple goal in mind: Play the game and try their best to break our servers.”
Links to the build will go live later today. We’ll update you when they drop.
ORIGINAL STORY: The footage above shows off the update’s new map ‘Eco’, and in a press release sent to VG247 this morning, the studio confirmed that the changes will also shake-up the way players level up gain XP and unlock new upgrades. There will be more control over progression and customisation, as well as more robust rewards, such as free mechs. The update also adds parties, clan support, and many rebalancing fixes.
In a statement Jason Hughes, senior producer at Adhesive Games said of the update, “It’s been a lot of work and we’ve spent countless hours listening to our community working on these new features. We’re confident that Hawken fans will enjoy what we’re bringing them in the Ascension Update.”
Chief production officer Bill Wagner of publisher Meteor Entertainment added, “The Hawken: Ascension Update makes it easier than ever for new players to jump into the game, while adding more customization and game polish that our veteran players will appreciate. The update is a result of some of the fantastic feedback and support we’ve gotten from Hawkenfans over the past several months.”
The Ascension Update patch notes are massive, but you can see them in full here.
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