Meteor Entertainment, publisher of Hawken, are certainly expecting their little mech-combat game to do well — and private investors are as well, with venture capital firms dropping a cool $18 million on the development of Hawken. In fact Meteor’s CEO Mark Long believes the game might even go so far as to overtake League of Legends in the F2P market.
“That’s the plan,” said Long to Geekwire, when asked if he believed Hawken would overtake Riot’s offering. “You can play the entire game for free and unlock every single thing in the game. But, if you are like me, and you don’t have a lot of time and want to play over the weekend and have a good time, you might spend some money on a robot so that you don’t have to grind away for a month to unlock that.”
Two of the investors backing the game are firms which have formerly backed League of Legends as well, indicating that the People With Money see some great potential in Hawken. Our recent impressions from the Hawken closed beta found that the game was great fun, but really needed local servers if it was going to succeed in Australia.