Hawken has been updated with a new patch called Ascension. The update brings many new features and improvements into the game, most notably a new player progression system that changes the way players level-up, gain XP and unlock upgrades for both their pilots and their Mechs.
The sweeping, dramatic changes of the new “Player Progression” update will offer players more control and customization and provide more robust rewards for playing, including free mechs that unlock as the player progresses. Additional new features include Parties, and Clan support, revamped item and internal systems for mech customization, and a brand new map: last Eco.
Read the full update notes on the Hawken site.