Publisher Stompy Bot Productions yesterday announced Heavy Gear Assault, a free-to-play mech-dueling game, and online multiplayer complete with giant killbots. The game is currently in development by MekTek Studios, the devs responsible for much of the work on the 2010 free re-release of MechWarrior 4.
A new installment in the Heavy Gear universe of tabletop and video games, Heavy Gear Assault will let players take control of combat mechs, dubbed Gear, to compete against one another in dueling arenas, all for the sake of fame and fortune. The multiplayer game will award the winners with money to upgrade and customize almost everything on their Gear, from new weapon loadouts to better equipment and paint jobs.
“The chance to work on Heavy Gear is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us at MekTek," stated MekTek's Prez, Vince McMullin. "Many of us have fond memories of Heavy Gear 2, produced by Activision and the original tabletop game. We are very excited to work with a visionary company like Stompy Bot Productions on a project of this magnitude.”
Stompy Bot and MekTek have started a crowdfunding campaign with fairly lofty goals set for themselves, aiming for AAA status with an initial goal of $900,000, which will bring the organized tournaments to fruition and turn it into a spectator sport for anyone willing to watch the mechs go toe-to-toe in the arena. If the game reaches its final goal of $10 million, additional single-player and PvE co-op campaigns will be included, separate from the arenas.
Heavy Gear Assault will initially be a PC-exclusive title, but as the devs reach their crowdfunding goals, they plan to expand to other platforms, such as social networks like Facebook and mobile platforms, with a possibility of next-gen console releases in the future. If you're interested in donating to this Heavy Gear title, head over to their website to pledge your support. In the meantime, check out some of the early fabulous concept art for the game, shown above.