Remember Heavy Gear? I do, and soon it might come back as more than just a memory. Today MekTek (the folks that revived MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries) and Stompy Bot Productions opened a new kickstarter campaign to bring back the franchise with Heavy Gear Assault, a free to play PC-exclusive multiplayer mech duel game heavily focused on e-sports and built with Unreal Engine 4.
Looking at the prototype (that you can see in the Kickstarter pitch clip at the bottom of the post) they’re dead serious, and they brought on board some serious talent as well. The Creative Director is Jack Mamais, that directed MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries and Heavy Gear 2, and was Lead Designer on Crysis and Far Cry. The soundtrack will be handled by Jeehun Hwang, that scored Heavy Gear, MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries and a ton of other games and movies.
While I’m personally more interested in the military aspect of Mech warfare, I can’t say that the idea isn’t extremely intriguing, and the expansion of the Heavy Gear IP towards less explored horizons is a very interesting concept. If you agree, you can pledge your own support on the official Kickstarter page, or on the game’s website, that have gathered $2,346 and $120,496 so far. The Kickstarter goal is $800,000.