I loved Virtual On. I only ever played it at the arcades, usually at marathon four-hour Timezone sessions, but the dual-stick setup did wonders for putting you in the cockpit of your own, giant mechanised combatant. The minute I saw this custom controller for Hawken, all those memories came flooding back.
Apparently the "MEK-FU" was on show at E3 while Hawken was being demoed, but this is the first time I've seen anyone mention it. Destructoid reports it plugs in via USB and is fully-programmable, meaning you can make use of it in other games.
It features an entire keyboard, along with so many buttons and switches not even the manufacturer's CEO could provide an accurate count. There's also space for a phone or tablet so you can potentially enjoy dual-screen goodness.
"Early next year" was the only release date provided. You won't need it to play Hawken, but man, I would feel unworthy without it.
E3: Hawken is getting its own ridiculous controller too [Destructoid]