Hawken closed beta runs Oct. 26 - 29 [Update]

Hawken closed beta runs Oct 26  29, open beta forthcoming
Despite what plebeians like us may think, shooting giant robots with other giant robots isn't something you can rush into all willy-nilly. In actuality, there are many, many factors to consider: What if this weapon is more effective than originally planned? With if we've accidentally created a deviously cunning artificial intelligence bent on eradicating the cancer that is humanity from the surface of the Earth?

Thankfully, most evil AI issues can be found through a closed beta test, which Adhesive Games' upcoming free-to-play mech shooter Hawken will be conducting from October 26 through October 29.

"The more that we find wrong now; the smoother open beta will go," said Meteor Entertainment CEO Mark Long in a press release available after the break, though no information was given regarding when that open beta will take place. Anyone interested in signing up for the closed beta can do so here. Just, you know, study up on your paradoxes.

Update: Meteor Entertainment has contacted us to clarify the statement made by Long in the press release. By "open beta," Long was actually referring to the game's previously announced release date of December 12, rather than an additional testing phase prior to Hawken's release.
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HAWKEN Closed Beta Dates Announced

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Seattle, Washington (October 12, 2012) –Meteor Entertainment announces the closed beta dates for HAWKEN. HAWKEN is the free-to-play, first-person mech shooter developed by Adhesive Games. The game enters its initial closed beta on October 26th until the 29th.

"The team has worked tirelessly to launch closed beta. Thanks to the awesome community, we learned a great deal from the Alpha 2 feedback," said Khang Le, Creative Director and Co-founder of Adhesive Games. Le goes on to exclaim, "We're super excited about opening the gate and having a larger fan base playing HAWKEN for the very first time! I can't wait to see how the general audience receives the game and all the crazy tactics they come up to dominate on the HAWKEN battlefield."

"HAWKEN's Alpha 2 testing was great. We broke a lot of things and that's good. The more that we find wrong now; the smoother open beta will go," explains CEO of Meteor Entertainment Mark Long. "We scaled up an order of magnitude in daily players and the server ping was so good we had players on the West Coast of the United States joining the United Kingdom servers. We cannot wait to see what happens as more players join in on closed beta."

HAWKEN is one of the most anticipated games of 2012. It is helping usher in the next generation of AAA quality, free to play games. HAWKEN has won more than 20 awards since June of 2012 and is the recipient of much media praise. Greater than all of this has been the positive feedback from the fans that were lucky enough to be a part of the Alpha 2 testing. Don't miss your chance to get in on the action early too! Register today at www.playhawken.com/enlist for a chance to be invited to closed beta.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.