Heavy Gear Returns as a Free-to-Play MMO

| 21 May 2013 13:27
Heavy Gear Assault

Stompy Bot Productions is seeking $800,000 to reboot the classic Activision franchise.

Mechs - we can never get enough of 'em, eh? Certainly not, if the player numbers in both Hawken and MechWarrior Online are anything to go by. Like the latter, Heavy Gear Assault, a new game to pop up overnight on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, has some serious history in the PC gaming scene - and a team of new developers is planning to reinvent the mecha franchise for the modern age.

The Kickstarter campaign is seeking $800,000 in funding. "Heavy Gear and Heavy Gear 2 by Activision were state-of-the-art and pushed the envelope of what was possible in the late 1990s," says the campaign page. "Built today with the technology of tomorrow, Heavy Gear Assault promises to raise the bar yet again."

This time, Heavy Gear's going the way of the MMO, with a very heavy emphasis on eSports. Now here's a PvP feature you don't here of often - there's an especially intriguing possibility that players will be able to put bounties on the heads of "poor sports," paying their enemies to take them out. It goes perfectly with the realistic destructible terrain that's demonstrated in the accompanying teaser video.

Built on the Unreal Engine 4, Heavy Gear Assault will be a free-to-play game, though the campaign promises that choosing to go premium won't break the balance of the gameplay. As it's free-to-play, the various award tiers comprise equivalent amounts of in-game currency, plus various other in-game items. Alternatively, you can pledge directly on Heavy Gear Assault's website, where an extended list of very ambitious stretch goals has been posted.

There's 39 days left on the Kickstarter campaign. While you await its outcome, check out the teaser - you've got to admit that you've probably never seen a bridge crumble so beautifully. Let's hope destruction of enemy mechs is as breathtaking.

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