HWS Connect



HWS Connect is your connection between the game and a web interface that allows you, the player, to interact with our HWS servers while outside of the game!

Best usage

While you are ingame:

  1. Press SHIFT + TAB (or whatever your hotkey for the steam overlay is)
  2. Click on webbrowser (2)
  3. Type connect.hws.global in the addressbar and press enter (3)
  4. Click on the “Login through Steam” button (4)
  5. Or just click on the link in the multiplayer lobby description before you start to play on HWS (1)

Steam Connect:

Important: HWS Connect uses an authentication with Steam Servers, managed by Valve Inc., and is required to have integration to your identity and the game. No personal information is shared or stored by HWS at any time. This integration works via your Steam ID.*

By allowing Steam to handle verifying YOU are actually YOU, steam passes us a steam session ID which let us know who you are. With this ID we can link your character to a secure identity and offer you great things!

Empyrion <> HWS <> Website / App

Note: A smartphone (Android) App is currently under development and will be released soon. However you can use the website without limitations aswell on your smartphone.

The main goal of HWS Connect was and is to provide you more depth, control of your character and overall enhance your gameplay a lot.
After the last years more and more features got added which even extend the default game to more possibilities.

Special HWS Connect Features

HWS Connect Daily Loot

  • an unique feature only available on HWS is a kind of crate / chest / loot system you can get every 24 hours (at 3PM (cb:time))

  • in the future there will be different packages depending on certain conditions

HWS Connect Hotview


  • Activate up to 3 Hotviews you prefer


HWS Skill Tree

Seamless Integration

  • buy ships, buy items, chat with players, play Lottery and more is done with few button clicks

HWS Guide - Table of Content
HWS Tips & Tricks & FAQ

HWS Connect Changelog


Add: Using this forum post now for HWS Connect Changelogs. Link in HWS Connect can be found over the sidebar navigation on the top right
Add: Server <> Client countdown for HWS Connect Daily Loot
Add: HWS Connect Daily Loot per Server
Change: Daily Loot Button state
Fix: Paddings and Margins


HWS Connect Changelog


Add: If you didn’t claim your Daily Loot it will popup automatically after the second visit now as a gentle reminder
Add: new card: Player Log to see all activities along HWS! See screenshots below
Change: Implemented better version of HWS Connect cards. Especially for smartphones
Fix: Scroll to top button




Change: Renamed Intruder Log to Proximity Log and some inner table heads for better understanding



Add: Bounty (credits) is now visible on the Hunter Board! Have fun hunting :wink:



Add: The server time in the sidebar. Good for your get support tickets for example


All legacy HWS Changelogs integrated to this topic

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.9.3

Implemented EGS Stealth card for HWS 6.X.X and the copy ID button in the Structure Commander for EGS Stealth

Add: EGS Stealth Card and functionality
Add: Copy ID + string button for EGS Stealth
Previous Patch Notes

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.9.2

Replaced old item images with new high resolution ones. Changed the HWS NPC Trader to fit the actual POI design and logic. Adapted Sanctuary HWS Connect cards to reduce confusion

Change: New item images
Change: New HWS NPC Trader logic
Change: Removed some cards from Sanctuary

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.9.1

Activated the third HWS Server - HWS Sanctuary!

Add: Third HWS Server - HWS Sanctuary

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.9.0

Major improvement of the information modals! Now they are fetched via API straight away from the (forum) Guide! No legacy / wrong double information anymore!

Add: More information modals such as Universe and Hunter Board
Change: Static information information replaced by API forum posts

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.8.0

Fixed regressions from the XML to CSV switch. Hide Deleted Structures work again in Hot View settings and HWS Universe shows you the structures if you typed “fa:scan” (active).

Add: Independent OAM Fuel
Fix: Hide deleted structures not working
Fix: ??? still in HWS Universe even though you activated fa:scan
Fix: HWS Community
Change: Remove HWS EU PvE Card and Player Counter
Change: Player Donation values show “Yes / No” now instead of "True / False"
Change: Donations are linked to the actual player progress. E.g. OCD level 5 says “Yes” now even though you didn’t donate for OCD level 5 but got it elsewhere

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.7.0

Major improvement to backend file security! Thanks for the report! Also massive improvement by switching from XML to CSV files (file size reduction by more than 100%)

Change: security update for ajax files
Change: switch from XML to CSV files

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.6.0

Added finally Elemental Lottery to the Elemental Bank card!

Add: Elemental Lottery added to Elemental Bank card
Add: Updated the card image for 6.0

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.5.0

Added three new columns to HWS Universe!

Add: HWS Garage! Read here for more information
Add: A lot new columns for the structure commander! And information in a new modal popup
Fix: Some overall improvements to Universe and cards

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.4.0

Added three new columns to HWS Universe!

Add: Is it taxed column to see which playfield is taxed
Add: Is it RP restricted / How much RP needed like Eden for example
Add: Is it faction restricted. This shows you straight away if you have access to this planet at all
Add: Better user text regarding true / false -> Yes / No now
HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.3.0

Add: HWS PvE Server is now also online! Enjoy
Change: Some visuals
Fix: Text in the information modals

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.2.0

With HWS 5.0 you can expect a lot coming for HWS Connect also! Slowly but steady we going the road that you can play Empyrion soon in many aspects over this website. Stay tuned :slight_smile:

Add: Global Scan in HWS Universe. Get your 150 RP to have the ultimate ability! This is the first version of an integrated gameplay between the website and the game. More of this coming in the future :slight_smile:
Change: New HWS Connect welcome page (slider)
Change: Elemental Blackmarket - stay tuned :slight_smile:
Change: Elemental Garage - stay tuned :slight_smile:
Change: Update OCD information
Fix: Even more security practices
Fix: Some performance improvements. Still working on a faster speed
Fix: Origin shown as undefined
Fix: NA player got player data from EU server, sorry

HWS Connect Patch Notes - 1.1.0

Still in preparation phase for the big HWS Connect 2.0 update. Till then I secured HWS Connect a lot in the backend and did some visual updates

Added: new entrance layout. Let me know how you like it.
Fixed: HTTP referer


HWS Connect 3.0 | 19.01.2018

New: HWS Connect 3.0! Read more: NEW HWS Connect 3.0 | Revolution how to play Empyrion


HWS Connect 3.1.0 | 20.01.2018

Add: Add more buttons like whisper to players in the Player PDA (Player Info)
Change: Remove Daily Loot and Skill Tree banner and add buttons again. Easier to find.
Change: HWS Skill Tree layout
Fix: HWS Connect Skill Tree DOM hack
Fix: Left icon sidebar not scrolling
Fix: Daily Loot wording claim “now” appeared twice


HWS Connect 3.1.1 | 21.01.2018

Add: HWS Marketplace “Buy Offer” button.
Fix: Daily Loot did not work for the past (> 1 day)
Fix: Wrong layout if you are banned / not played on a specific server


HWS Connect 3.1.3 | 22.01.2018

Add: HWS Marketplace “Edit Offer” button. Edit your offers like price change or stop order.
Add: HWS Marketplace Search + Filter input.
Add: Refresh of your OCD and OAM if you click the icon again.
Fix: Daily Loot relative time format until 3PM (dev branch only. If test is successful tomorrow I’ll release it)
Fix: Some layout issues here and there.


HWS Connect 3.1.4 | 23.01.2018

Change: Daily Loot relative time format until 3PM. Now new player don’t get one loot for free but the system is like the eb interest system where you have a given time range to get it.


HWS Connect 3.1.5 | 24.01.2018

Add: Implement HWS Garage Buy button to get the specific ship.


HWS Connect 3.1.7 | 26.01.2018

Change: Different styles for certain pages
Fix: Table sort does not work for HWS Structure Commander and Proximity Log
Fix: Proximity Log Clear button does not work
Fix: HWS Marketplace Filter / Search does hide table header for sorting


HWS Connect 3.1.8 | 27.01.2018

Fix: Fetching Data loader for empty features such as OCD


HWS Connect 3.2.2 | 29.01.2018

Add: new and massive backend refactoring of the whole infrastructure
Fix: XHR exploit magic
Fix: Some style fixes
Fix: POST injections
Fix: expired session id actions


HWS Connect 3.2.5 | 30.01.2018

Change: table alignments, some colors and different number format
Fix: Some style fixes
Fix: more POST injections / session issues


HWS Connect 3.2.8 | 31.01.2018

Add: better layout for HWS Universe with different tabs and sections
Fix: Final POST injections
Fix: Session expired too often / fast


HWS Connect 3.2.9 | 01.02.2018

Fix: Styles here and there
Fix: Show daily loot first time
Fix: Hotview I


HWS Connect 3.3.1 | 02.02.2018

Add: Access HWS Connect login from any page
Change: New Sidebar Icons and reposition some
Fix: Hotview II, enjoy