Coinciding with the 12.12.12 (Dec. 12, 2012) start of the highly anticipated Open Beta Event for the online video game HAWKEN, award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment and free-to-play video game publisher Meteor Entertainment have teamed up with comiXology – the revolutionary digital comics platform – to digitally debut the second of four, free exclusive digital preview issues of HAWKEN: GENESIS, a forthcoming hardcover graphic novel based on the game.
This exclusive preview is available across comiXology’s entire digital comics platform including the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and the Web. Any time someone downloads the free HAWKEN: GENESIS second preview on comiXology starting 12.12.12 and until 12 a.m. PT on Jan. 1, 2013, they will receive 2,000 HAWKEN Credits that they can use to buy fun items, such as upgrades and accessories in HAWKEN. Fans who downloaded the first installment last month received guaranteed access to the game’s third closed beta event. (Please note only those who download the second preview are eligible to receive the Credits.)
“Cat and Mouse,” the second exclusive comiXology digital preview, is written by Jeremy Barlow (Mass Effect, Star Wars) with concept by Khang Le and story by Dan Jevons. It is illustrated by Bagus Hutomo (Shrapnel, Heavy Metal), and can be accessed through comiXology via this link: http://cmxl.gy/UxXcDL.
HAWKEN is the award-winning, multiplayer, first-person shooter (FPS) game for PC published by Meteor Entertainment. HAWKEN puts players in the pilot seat of a futuristic war machine. Debuting in open beta 12.12.12 (December 12th), players can customize and upgrade their mechs from a wealth of accessories and styles. Players can then join on the battlefield to rain destruction across HAWKEN’s beautiful and immersive landscapes. And most exciting of all, HAWKEN is free-to-play. Players can visit www.PlayHawken.com to register. A trailer for the open beta launch can be accessed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOU4HBJaZ-o.
This is the second of four exclusive digital previews premiering only through comiXology, and ultimately leading to the hardcover’s release this March.
HAWKEN: GENESIS is written by Jeremy Barlow from with concept by Khang Le, story by Dan Jevons and illustrated by Kody Chamberlain, Federico Dallocchio, Nathan Fox, Michael Gaydos, Bagus Hutomo, Sid Kotian, Khang Le, Christopher Moeller, Alex Sanchez, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Francisco Ruiz Velasco. It will debut March 2013.
About Archaia Entertainment, LLC
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Return of the Dapper Men, Rust, Bolivar, Gunnerkrigg Court, Old City Blues, Awakening, The Killer, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels such as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year by Ain’t it Cool News, Comic Related, and Graphic Policy, which honored the publisher two years in a row. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. In 2012, Archaia has been further honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations and three Eisner Awards, and both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. In addition to publications, Archaia has successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media. For more information, visit the Archaia website at www.archaia.com.
About Meteor Entertainment
Based in Seattle, WA, Meteor Entertainment is a newly formed videogame publisher focused on successfully publishing F2P games globally, with an emphasis on compelling content and setting the standard for customer service and community engagement. Meteor’s 12.12.12 open beta of HAWKEN, created by Adhesive Games, will be its first tent pole title. To learn more about Meteor Entertainment visit www.meteor-ent.com.
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. With the development of the comiXology digital comics platform – with buy-once, read-anywhere availability across across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web— comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics anywhere they happen to be! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, comiXology is one of the leading drivers of the iPad economy. Providing the most digital comics on the most devices, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has been turned into a comic book fan.