Multiplayer mech combat game Hawken is transitioning from its standalone launcher to Steam in order to expand its player base, developer Adhesive Games announced.
As of yesterday, Hawken is no longer playable through its standalone launcher, and instead requires a Steam account to be played. Hawken’s existing player base will be given immediate access, while newcomers won’t be able to join in on the action until next week, on February 11. The reason for this, Adhesive Games says, is ensure that all current players successfully make the transition to Steam before they open the floodgates.
“The reason we’re approaching our release in this manner is so we can slowly ramp up to a full Steam launch,” community manager “ZamboniChaos” wrote in the blog post. “By the time our full February release is good to go, we want all of our existing users to have already made the transition over to Steam. This should help reduce the stress on our services immensely.”
Adhesive also hopes to release a completed version of the game’s current update in the next couple of weeks.
Hawken players can check out the Steam Transition Guide Adhesive produced for the full lowdown on how to move to Steam and still play Hawken.