Developer Stompy Bot Productions has announced that its massively multiplayer mech game Heavy Gear Assault is now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter, with a goal of $800K. Powered by the Unreal Engine 4 engine Heavy Gear Assault promises to balance the long range battles that mecha titles are known for with the devastating melee combat Heavy Gear fans expect.

The core of the game features Duelists — who pilot war machines known as Gears — battling for fame and fortune in action packed sporting arenas on the planet Terra Nova. Pilots can use their winnings to invest in more advanced Gears, weapons and equipment that allow them to participate in more dangerous, hence more profitable, events.

Heavy Gear Assault is expected to have a December 2014 release window. The game’s Kickstarter page can be found here.