Mech shooter Hawken is shutting down on PC, the game announced via its Facebook Page. The game will be removed from Steam on January 2, 2018, and servers will be shutdown.
Just as things started to look up for Hawken, the game is being lynched from Steam at the beginning of next year. The reason for this, according to the statement on Facebook, is so the team can “refocus” its efforts.
“It’s been an incredible journey since the introduction of Hawken on Steam, back in 2014. The game’s success has been largely due to your continuous support. The Hawken community has been the cornerstone of this ever-evolving franchise.” reads the announcement. “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.”
When Hawken initially launched back in 2011, it looked to be a pretty successful shooter, however after it was taken under the wing of Meteor Entertainment, the game slowly started to die with little to no developer support. Eventually Meteor shut its doors and the future of Hawken was bleak, until Reloaded Games acquired the game back in 2015.
Since then, things started to look up, however the game didn’t get updated for another two years after that, with a massive “relaunch” update being planned for 2017. What followed was a number of minor updates and continued promises to relaunch the game with a massive update which to this day is yet to arrive.
Interestingly the announcement focuses solely on the PC version of the game, there’s however no word on what will happen with the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game which launched last year. We could assume that the console versions are safe for now. But who knows.