The first cross-play open beta of Hawked has been announced for this weekend with PlayStation 4 and 5 players teaming up with PC gamers to extract artifacts from a remote island called X-Isle.
“On a faraway island, reptilian invaders known only as Disciples search for relics of terrible power. Commence the ultimate treasure hunt as a Renegade — squad up and fight fire with fire by stealing, extracting, and escaping with the Disciples’ Artifacts! Work smarter, not harder! Solve puzzles, dodge deadly traps, find Glyphs to unlock the Treasury, and hone your treasure-hunting skills to score the best loot.”
HAWKED offers deep character customization. With a huge suite of apparel pieces, hairstyles and colors to visually customize their characters, players can mix-and-match Artifacts, gear, and boosters to create their ultimate treasure hunter and attune their gameplay to their preferred style.
Artifacts can be equipped once found on the island. They offer passive bonuses such as the ability to turn into a bush when crouching or offering a sixth sense for nearby enemies. HAWKED currently has 21 types of Artifacts. Players can combine three at the same time, and all Artifacts can be found and upgraded in multiple levels of rarity.
Players can use them along with 14 types of gears such as boomerangs, deployable covers, a scouting falcon, and more, offering a wide range of customization options and gameplay styles. Gears and Artifacts are upgraded using currency gathered from selling and/or dismantling treasure on the Riftwake, the game’s social space. From sneaky assassins, to team focussed support, in HAWKED players can take their ideal Renegade onto the island.
A Dynamic Island
Players must explore X-Isle, a recently discovered treasure trove filled with loot. However, the nefarious, scaly Disciples have also laid claim to the island, and will not give up their conquest so easily. X-Isle is an enormous dynamic map, with each session challenging players to compete on different parts of the island. Its treasures and Artifacts are hidden in boobytrapped temples and ruins throughout.
Players will also need to bring their wits to bear by solving puzzles to open doors and unlock important treasure troves. Matches will feature dynamic events such as an enormous Disciple carrying a treasure-filled howdah on its back. This boss must be defeated to secure its Artifacts. Over time, X-Isle will evolve through updates, limited-time events, and seasonal launches.
The open beta will run from August 31st until September 4th and you can pre-load the PlayStation beta pack by following this link.
Source: Press release