When I hear that a game is being created by a small independent developer, I tend to picture the sort of arcade-style title one might find selling for $10 on Steam. However, Hawken is not your average indie title. Despite being worked on by a "small indie team" for just nine months, the freshly released gameplay footage looks awesome:
Give me a moment. Memories of MechWarrior and Shogo: Mobile Armored Division are flooding back.
According to a Kotaku interview with developer Adhesive Games, the studio is made up of half a dozen core members and a handful of interns. Apparently, no one's been working weekends or putting in more than 7-8 hours a day during the week, which sounds entirely unlike everything I've heard about traditional game development.
Perhaps that's why a release date hasn't yet been set for this multiplayer mech shooter. The game is being built on Unreal Engine 3, and Adhensive is sticking with DirectX 9 effects to ease porting from the PC to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Still looks great to me, though. Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip.