Now On Early Access: Heavy Gear Assault Seeks to Fill Void Left by Armored Core

Independent Canadian developer MekTek Studios have released their mecha action game Heavy Gear Assault on Steam’s Early Access.

The PC and Linux game is touted as the first mecha action simulator to be made in Unreal Engine 4, made by mecha fans for mecha fans. Featured above, you can view the game’s launch trailer.

Originally put up on Kickstarter and unsuccessful in its funding, the game’s development continued under publisher Stompy Bot Productions. Now, the game has a 15% discount until January 5th.

Here’s a rundown on the game:


The world of Heavy Gear Assault is unforgiving — but so is your lust for glory. As a pilot on the distant planet Terra Nova, you play the high-stakes game of competitive Gear Dueling. You earn fame and fortune by making a name for yourself on the arena floor. You stand out from the crowd by customizing the look and style of your Gear. You manage corporate sponsors, hire a support staff and fine-tune your Gear’s performance in the Gear Bay. You rise to the top, claim your position — and with every cannon shell left in your magazines, you refuse to let go.

Heavy Gear Assault puts you in control of a multi-ton, humanoid war machine better known as a Gear. The peak of Terra Novan engineering, Gears feature a Rotary V-Engine, an advanced, compact and highly efficient internal combustion engine. For faster speeds, Gears are equipped with a Secondary Movement System (SMS) in the form of either wheels or treads under their feet. Armored with advanced composites and loaded with an assortment of weapons, Gears are the most advanced weapon platform available on Terra Nova.

It is up to you to manage and maintain your Gears on the arena floor and off. Customize, upgrade, and equip yours Gears exactly how you like. In combat, you’ll need to balance hydraulic and electric power to keep your Gear moving. Just remember, whether you eviscerate your enemy with relentless firepower or put a precision VibroKatana blade in their back, be sure to do it with style. After all, that’s what your fans paid to see.

Editor’s Note: The article originally incorrectly stated that Stompy Bot was brought on later as publisher – this was amended for accuracy

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  • Damn! This looks cool! And the music is on point with this one!

  • bgrunge

    I’ve been waiting for a new Heavy Gear game for a long time. Kinda disappointed that it’s an arena setting and not the battlefield setting of 1 (the career mode with the changeable battlefront was nice), but oh well. Let’s just hope it goes back to the weight system of 1 and not the lame ass arbitrary threat system of 2.

  • Chino Gambino

    Holy shite a new Heavy Gear game. Never expected that.

  • Belfry

    Honestly I forgot this series existed. Cool to see it back.

  • Niche’s Commenting Regulars

    From the same bastards that gave us Mechwarrior Mercenaries and MekPak for Free!

  • OSad

    You can’t just *make* a new Heavy Gear like this… can you?

    Doesn’t the license still belong to Activision?

  • Grayares Fakcot

    heavy gear is nothing like armored core though

  • Neojames82

    I looked into it and actually they do not. It was bought back to the original creators, Dream Pod 9.

  • Casey

    As long as you downloaded their terrible software. Then yes, it was free.

  • Anon630

    It’s more like Mech Warrior than Armored Core. I was seeing more pew pew than a G.I. Joe lazer shootout.