Members of the Hawken development team discussed leaderboards, mech tuning, and location-based damage in a recent Q&A.
In a recent Q&A session, members of Hawken developer Adhesive Games responded to user inquiries regarding various facets of the game. Several things were confirmed by the answers, most notable of which was the revelation of leaderboards coming to the game.
HAWKEN is a free-to-play, online, multiplayer, mech-based first-person shooter that puts you in the pilot seat of a giant robotic war machine. Customize and upgrade your mechs the way you want, then join your friends on the battlefield to rain destruction across HAWKEN's beautiful and immersive alien landscapes. Best of all, HAWKEN is FREE!
"We are actively working on leaderboards and are targeting to have them launch on the website in November alongside some other related social features," said producer Jason Hughes. "There is always a possibility this date could slip slightly but we wanted you to know that it's important to us as a team and nearing the end of implementation. We will have details to share in the coming weeks as the rough edges are worked out."
According to designer David Saunders, the implementation of leaderboards will the first of several previously promised steps planned to help foster a more competitive environment in the game. The developers also discussed location-based damage (not going to happen), gave a tentative release window for the Technician Prestige weapon (Q1 2014), and affirmed that it was re-evaluating the game's Killstreak rewards based on a bevy of user complaints.
They also answered questions concerning changes made by the recent Ascension update. The developers clarified their intent in adding in tuning options like Cooling Units and Radar that, in the eyes of some players, render some of the game's mechanics pointless. "The Tuning System was built to create choices for players," said lead designer Dave Nguyen. "So is it a bad thing if someone wants to sacrifice some points to make overheating less punishing? If they do, they lose out on putting points elsewhere." For the full content of the Q&A, visit the Hawken website.