Remember the news that Hawken would be receiving a web-series that would be produces and distributed by Warner Premiere? Well it seems that the Hawken web series was an actual thing before it was announced and now we have the first trailer for the project. I’m honestly still trying to wrap my head around how a new IP can receive a modestly budget web series right out of the gate, but I’ll admit that seeing massive mechs do battle in a ravaged Earth does look entertaining.
The Hawken web series look solid, if not for providing some entertaining mech vs. mech action, but for actually providing a story that seems reasonable. It may be tough to gauge the quality of a series from a two-minute trailer, but it seems like the crux of Hawken’s narrative revolves around a rescue mission for a woman who may be able to reverse the Hawken virus i.e. the thing that likely made the Earth all gloomy and destroyed.
Seeing a mech game or at least a spin-off of a mech game try to have a shred of substance may seem odd, but if Hawken can deliver some decent narrative chops through the performances of folks like Edi Gathegi (Twilight, X-Men: First Class), then I’m all for the project. From what’s shown in the trailer, Hawken looks to be well-produced at least at well-produced as a modestly budget web-series can be that involves mech duking it out on future Earth.
The visuals of the mechs do look a bit off in a few scenes, almost evoking thoughts of pre-rendered cutscenes from 1997, but if we all go with the flow and understand that the project doesn’t have a $15-30 million budget then everything should be all good. Hell, I’ll even admit that I enjoy the slight jerky movement of the mechs since it reminds me of ED-209 from Robocop and such a comparison is always good in my view.
Warner Premier hasn’t set premier date for the Hawken web series, but it will be airing early next year on Machinima.