Upcoming free-to-play multiplayer mech combat game Hawken will support the Oculus Rift, publisher Meteor Entertainment has announced.

Meteor's Mark Long spoke to Forbes about why his team were keen to integrate the as-yet unreleased technology.

"Why Oculus works so well is the sense of presence. You have to experience it. When the graphic world is all around you, it takes the experience to a completely different level."

"Hawken is perfect for Oculus because its environments are well-suited for the level of visual density and distances you're looking it," he added.

"The shapes that are close and far away lend themselves well to 3D. When you're in a typical first-person shooter, you're a slave to the direction your weapon is pointing, which is unnatural. Being in a Mech, this offers a more realistic virtual reality experience."

The company would build software-side solutions to combat lag, said Long.

"With Unreal we can dynamically change the point-of-view and make sure that the latency is as low as possible for the viewers to eliminate motion sickness. We're going to build out a cockpit that players can buy so they can see the inside of the Mech with Oculus for a more immersive gameplay experience. This is a subset of something we're going to be bringing to the PC game."

Hawken joins Doom BFG as one of the first games to feature support for the virtual reality headset.

The game is set to launch on Dec 12. The Oculus Rift is yet to receive a release date.