If you’ve ever been into been into the MechWarrior scene, it’s highly probable you’ve heard of MekTek. They’re the ones who took MechWarrior 4, tore it apart and built tools to add additional mechs and other goodies to the original game. Their mekpaks extended the life of MW4 by several years, and indeed they ended up being allowed by Microsoft to release the original MW4 game free of charge. They even provided master servers when MS turned theirs off.
If you were into the MW scene, it’s also possible you’ve heard of Heavy Gear. Like BattleTech, this was a mech-centric universe which had its roots in a tabletop game. Two PC games were released, around the time of MW3/4, although they were not very successful. I can actually remember playing the Heavy Gear 2 demo In fact I think I’ve still got the game disc around somewhere….
MekTek have teamed up with Dream Pod 9, the creators of the Heavy Gear universe, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise an additional $800,000 to fund a new Heavy Gear game built using the Unreal 4 engine. This is a huge amount, but unlike many other companies which run KS campaigns, MekTek have a long, successful history of producing quality mods, content and original games. One look through the details of their team show you the depth of talent they’ve pulled together.
Please take a moment to visit their Kickstarter campaign page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stompybot/heavy-gear-assault-0, and if you’ve ever thought of supporting a mech-based KS project, please consider this one.