If you’re sad that free-to-play mech battler Hawken shut down two years ago, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that you can play it again! The bad news is that it’s on an unofficial server … and it’s single-player only. So maybe that’s “good news, bad news, and more bad news”?
A group of modders going by the name “Hawakening” has gotten a build of Hawken up and running, but since there are no multiplayer servers, or code to support them, the best the team can do is offer it in single-player form. That means you’ll be fighting your battles against the game’s AI — but hey, that’s better than nothing, right? And for a game that was launched in the early part of the last decade, it still looks really good.
You can learn more about the project, and download the game client, on Hawakening’s website, which requires a login before proceeding. You can also check out the video below for a step-by-step look at the registration and download process.
One caveat before you begin, though: Accessing Hawken in this fashion is only legal (at least in the U.S.) if you already have a license for the game. If you played the game on Steam, you’re good, but since we’re not lawyers (and only barely writers), we take no responsibility in the unlikely event that you get in legal trouble by playing.