Heavy Gear will always hold a special place in my heart, if only because it features humans in mechanised suits blowing the crap out of each other. I wasn't aware a new game based on Dream Pod 9's franchise was in the works, even though it's apparently been around for a few years. Heck, it even just hit "Early Access".
It's not Steam Early Access mind you -- developer Mektek Studios appears to have chosen the phrase to describe the game's shift from being hidden behind NDAs, to giving alpha and beta players the freedom to share screenshots and videos of the game.
The website and video make it clear the game is focused on the e-sports crowd, which is disappointing, but not unsurprising. Even with the predominately multiplayer design, a singleplayer campaign is also on the cards and will draw on "famous battles in Heavy Gear history".
There's quite a bit of detail on the official website regarding content for this, which gives me hope, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it. It does mention it'll be episodic, which I guess is a good way to gauge interest in the offline component and decide how much effort to spend on it in the future.
If you want to check it out, you'll have to go through the website's store, with the cheapest tier being $US39.95.
Heavy Gear Assault [Official site]