Publisher and developer MY.GAMES announced today the first cross-play Open Beta of HAWKED following a successful PC Open Beta. From Aug. 31 until Sept. 4, HAWKED will be playable on PlayStation 4 and 5 and PC via Steam and the MGlauncher.
The cross-play Open Beta marks the next step in the HAWKED journey as development towards a full launch continues. Similar to the previous Open Beta, all players can partake in the free Renegade Pass, which will unlock exclusive cosmetics for the game at launch. Note that the game in its current form does not include cross-progression between platforms. Progress from the previous Beta on the Renegade pass has not been reset and for this Beta. A progression boost on the Renegade pass is available giving all players an extra opportunity to secure the exclusive items.
Andy Duthie, Executive Producer for HAWKED, said the following about the progress of the game so far, “Feedback from the first OBT was incredibly helpful to us and it helps us shape the product, this crossplay OBT is another step in that process. We’re also very keen on seeing how PlayStation players will like the game and weaving all player feedback into HAWKED is a core part of our development process”
HAWKED is an extraction-shooter in which teams of three players race to collect and extract Artifacts from a remote island called X-Isle. Players (also known as Renegades) compete against each other to secure and extract Artifacts that can only be reached by fighting monsters, other players, solving puzzles and avoiding traps.
The first team to successfully extract Artifacts from the island wins the session. To ensure that every session is rewarding, players can also extract smaller treasures, and leave the island (dead or alive) with useful currency they can spend on improving their character.
HAWKED offers deep character customization. With a huge suite of apparel pieces, hairstyles and colors to visually customize their characters, players can mix-and-match Artifacts, gear, and boosters to create their ultimate treasure hunter and attune their gameplay to their preferred style.
Artifacts can be equipped once found on the island. They offer passive bonuses such as the ability to turn into a bush when crouching or offering a sixth sense for nearby enemies. HAWKED currently has 21 types of Artifacts. Players can combine three at the same time, and all Artifacts can be found and upgraded in multiple levels of rarity.
Players can use them along with 14 types of gears such as boomerangs, deployable covers, a scouting falcon, and more, offering a wide range of customization options and gameplay styles. Gears and Artifacts are upgraded using currency gathered from selling and/or dismantling treasure on the Riftwake, the game’s social space. From sneaky assassins, to team focused support, in HAWKED players can take their ideal Renegade onto the island.
A Dynamic Island
Players must explore X-Isle, a recently-discovered treasure trove filled with loot. However, the nefarious, scaly Disciples have also laid claim to the island, and will not give up their conquest so easily. X-Isle is an enormous dynamic map, with each session challenging players to compete on different parts of the island. Its treasures and Artifacts are hidden in boobytrapped temples and ruins throughout.
Players will also need to bring their wits to bear by solving puzzles to open doors and unlock important treasure troves. Matches will feature dynamic events such as an enormous Disciple carrying a treasure filled howdah on its back. This boss must be defeated to secure its Artifacts. Over time, X-Isle will evolve through updates, limited-time events, and seasonal launches.
More news about the full launch of HAWKED will arrive in the near future. The latest news and updates will be shared on the game’s official website and social channels.