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Published on April 19th, 2012 | by Dan

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Hawken to Thicken the Plot with Short Films

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Hawken may not come out until December, but Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment want to tell you the story behind the devastated landscape of the upcoming free-to-play mech shooter. To that end, the studio will be creating a series of short films leading up to the game’s release. The films will use a combination of live-action and CGI and will be directed by art director for Gears of War 3 (who also happens to be a film director), Jeremiah O’Flaherty, who seems like an obvious fit to help bring to life the over-ripe industry and all-out war that make up Hawken‘s gritty, post-apocalyptic landscape.

While short films are nothing new among triple-A titles, you don’t typically see free-to-play games going the extra mile to immerse fans with lore and a back story. The Blizzard franchises, for instance, are notorious for the abundance of lore surrounding their games, with novels and fan machinima everywhere. Investing in the world around a game no doubt gets players interested and serves to keep many of them hooked for the long-term.

Hopefully, these films will be have high production value and really add more depth to what is already shaping up to be a very interesting game. The first of these films will premiere at E3 in June, with the rest following all the way up to Hawken‘s 12/12/12 release date.

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  • Splozy

    Great so the game won’t be able to stand on it’s own merits? Let’s hope these movies are just padding and not essential for the story…

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