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Hawken goes free-to-play on Steam

Purchase no longer required to access the fast-paced mech shooter

Multiplayer shooter Hawken went free-to-play on Steam as of Friday.

The competitive first-person mech combat game was previously available to users who purchased starter packs. Though the packs remain available for purchase, users can now jump into the game with no money down.

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"We are proud to announce that our Early Access period on Steam has been very successful," Hawken developer Adhesive Games said. "Now, after having three weeks to improve and test our servers, we are confident that we are ready for an even greater influx of pilots."

The Starter Pack, which costs £14.99/$19.99, includes access to three mechs and an exclusive pilot emblem. The Nemesis bundle, which will only be available through 10:00 am PT Tuesday, includes nine mechs for £22.99/$29.99.

Hawken launched on Steam Early Access in February, following an open beta which began in December.

Adhesive producer Jason Hughes previously addressed Hawken's free-to-play business model and distinct high-speed mech combat in an interview with CVG.

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