With Hawken and Mechwarrior Online hitting the Internet, it was only a matter of time until the other mech franchise, originally produced by the same team behind Mechwarrior 2, saw a modern reimagining. Heavy Gear is ready to return, courtesy of Stompy Bot Productions. Contrary to its war-centric forebears, Heavy Gear Assault will be an arena-based combat game.
According to the press release, this game will be a collaboration between the aforementioned Stompy Bot, Dream Pod 9, and MekTek Studios. All of these studios have a pretty healthy background in mech-based gameplay, so we may have something special on our hands.
Will Heavy Gear succeed as an online, multiplayer experience? Prospective players will have to make that decision. Stompy Bot is currently conducting a crowdsourcing campaign, complete with tiered rewards for those who donate.
Sources: Press Release/Heavy Gear Assault