MechWarrior Online - September 2012


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INFINITE GAME PUBLISHING TO PUBLISH MECHWARRIOR® ONLINE™

- Piranha Games brings the long-awaited MechWarrior® as a Free-To-Play PC game -

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, October 31, 2011 -- Infinite Game Publishing Inc. (www.infinitegamepublishing.com) and Piranha Games Inc. (www.piranha-games.com) have announced MechWarrior® Online™ (www.mwomercs.com), the first officially licensed free-to-play title in the long-standing and award-winning MechWarrior® franchise. MechWarrior Online is set to launch in the second half of 2012 from newly formed digital publisher, Infinite Game Publishing.

Set in the year 3049 during the early stages of a massive interstellar war, MechWarrior Online puts you in command of the most powerful war machine to ever walk the field of battle, the mighty BattleMech™. Command your Mech™ and customize it to suit your battlefield role; upgrade systems, replace weapons, and tweak armor with endless options.

MechWarrior Online lets players command at will: go head-to-head online alone or with friends in high-octane Conquest and VS modes. Band together and form your own Mercenary Corp, invite friends and battle other player-made Merc Corps for prestige and power. Pledge your allegiance to one of the five great houses and fight for control of precious Inner Sphere planets.

You will play a key role in a dynamic and ever-changing universe where player exploits impact the world around you and daily story updates and frequent content additions create epic changes to the Inner Sphere universe and its many inhabitants.

MechWarrior Online delivers a rich online experience, rewarding everything a player does with experience points, C-Bills, unlocks, and recognition. Upgrade skills and refine your role in gameplay using an all-new leveling system, and up-to-the minute detailed player statistics allow you to compare, track and share your progress with other players.

“We’re excited to lead the MechWarrior franchise online for fans of the series,” said Russ Bullock, co-founder of Piranha Games. “We’re proud to partner with Infinite Game Publishing, and are thankful for the fans of the MechWarrior series that have been so patient for the next MechWarrior game to arrive. Infinite Game is a partner who understands both the world of games publishing and the crucial technical needs of today’s AAA online gaming experiences. Together we are bringing fans epic next-generation Mech combat online in 2012.”

More information about MechWarrior Online at http://www.mwomercs.com.

About Piranha Games Inc.

Piranha Games Inc. was founded in January 2000 by Russ Bullock and Bryan Ekman. Piranha Games is focused on the core action games market and has worked on exciting IPs such as: Need For Speed®, Transformers® 2: Revenge of the Fallen and Duke Nukem Forever®. Please join us at http://www.piranha-games.com

About Infinite Game Publishing Inc.

Infinite Games is a newly formed publisher of AAA online interactive entertainment. Formed by industry vets with a passion for great games, IGP’s leadership is driving online entertainment forward by partnering with best-in-breed developers to bring high-octane excitement to PC gamers everywhere.

Official Web site: http://www.infinitegamepublishing.com

MechWarrior® is a registered trade-mark of Microsoft Corporation and is used under license. All other trade-marks are the property of their respective owners; ® or ™ as indicated.


...So in. I have many fond memories of Mechwarrior.


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Online?

:(

I was looking forward to the new Mechwarrior. So much for that.


This is the sort of game that the BattleTech license was always destined to have.

Silver Crusade

Umbral Reaver wrote:

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Online?

:(

I was looking forward to the new Mechwarrior. So much for that.

Do you mean tabletop or computer, Umbral? If tabletop, have you seen the mechwarior rpg book supplemental "A Time of War". It is the RPG book in the Battletech series released by Catalyst and it has pretty good support.

edit: its here at paizo linkified

Sovereign Court

Cant wait to see some screenshots!!


Mechwarrior 2 was one of my favourite games. I don't like mandatory online play. I like single-player campaigns. :(

Also, my internet is utterly rubbish.

Dark Archive

Did they say free to play? Although I am not a big fan of on-line games I will at least give it a try.

Edit: In fact I have already set up my account.

Sovereign Court

YEAH!!! Reserved my name today


Saw this yesterday. It's disappointing.
Mechwarrior 2 and Ghost Bear's Legacy was one of the best PC games ever made. To see it going all mmo-like sucks. I am a fan of the single player campaign modes, I'll definately sit this one out.

On the flipside, Pirahna Games resume of Need for Speed, Duke Nukem, and Transformers doesnt fill me with any confidence either, I'm glad they arent doing a single player campaign.


Hmm... considers seriously


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Sweet. We should make a Pathfinder Clan/Guild whatever. ;)

Dark Archive

deinol wrote:
Sweet. We should make a Pathfinder Clan/Guild whatever. ;)

Mercs are totally the way to go.

Sovereign Court

Blackout was already taken so Madchemist is my callsign.

Liberty's Edge

Free to play?

Looks like they going to go the micro transaction route.


What's the micro transaction route? I'm a little concerned, as I had bad experiences with mmorpgs. Any idea what the system requirements will be? Also, is this the xbox 360 game that was being touted a few months back?

Liberty's Edge

Freehold DM wrote:
What's the micro transaction route? I'm a little concerned, as I had bad experiences with mmorpgs. Any idea what the system requirements will be? Also, is this the xbox 360 game that was being touted a few months back?

Micro transactions mean you can use real money to buy stuff for your character or in this case, mech.

So you don't have to go one a bunch of missions for the killer PPC, just 5 bucks and you can put it on your mech.

I am not saying this game will be this way. But seems lately all the free to play MMORPGS use micro transactions.


CapeCodRPGer wrote:

Micro transactions mean you can use real money to buy stuff for your character or in this case, mech.

So you don't have to go one a bunch of missions for the killer PPC, just 5 bucks and you can put it on your mech.

They're referring to the game as a premium free-to-play game, which sounds like the microtransaction model (really, if it's free-to-play, you sort of have to). Which isn't really a big deal by itself. It rankles a lot of people, but from a rational standpoint it's often a better deal than a subscription model.


Hmmm......

Shadow Lodge

Having played a ton of MMOs, both FtP (DDO, LOTRO, Eve) as well as subscription (WoW, DAOC, EQ) I can say that Free-to-Play is the way to go in my mind. For anybody that isn't WoW the micro-transaction route is a much better model than hoping your subscriptions stay high, or that you attract a lot of new people with an upfront monthly fee. Getting them to play for free and then having them spend a couple of dollars for a cool Mech paint job or upgraded gun is the way to go.

A friend of mine is a Catalyst Demo agent and he was talking this game up last night. Apparently their current plan is to start in 3048 and have the game story advance at 1 game day per real day. That sounds pretty good to me, and while I don't know how well it'll be implemented at least they have a plan. The concept art looks good, and from what he was saying this is the game that was made by Tinker and Smith a few months ago that we got teased on, with the rights being purchased and put out by this company.


Balodek wrote:


Apparently their current plan is to start in 3048 and have the game story advance at 1 game day per real day. That sounds pretty good to me, and while I don't know how well it'll be implemented at least they have a plan.

Time for us to sign on to this nice safe contract with the Free Rasalhague Republic. They're playing big C-Bills and the DCMS and AFFC are actually playing nice for a change. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

Sovereign Court

My wishlist is for the right balance of PVE and PVP play. I like team focused play against AI just as much as play against other players. In my experience games tend to go all out in one direction or the other.

I know many will be disappointed by the online play but I hope they still offer a good single player experience as some consolation. Give the single player lance mates to play the game alone if they like. I have a hard time believing they would ignore the single player but its happened before.

Sovereign Court

Hula Skirt Alert

Sovereign Court

Anyone playing this currently? My handle is Pan if you want to give me a friend invite would love to meet some more people. PUGs are fun but tired of the 40/60 win fail ratio :)


I tried to download it. My netbook can't run it. I was afraid of this.

Sovereign Court

Might be for the best. While I love me some mech action there really isn't a whole lot to do besides deathmatch on the same 4 maps. I guess its still in beta which is why I held off in September. Since its free Ill stick around and see how it progresses.


Hnn. Thanks for the update, friend. Makes me feel a bit better.


Pan wrote:
Anyone playing this currently? My handle is Pan if you want to give me a friend invite would love to meet some more people. PUGs are fun but tired of the 40/60 win fail ratio :)

I play occasionally, but only in PUGs. Haven't had the motivation to check out premades yet. Also, I'm in Europe, so coordinating would be a bit difficult if you're living in the US.

Sovereign Court

Fabius Maximus wrote:
Pan wrote:
Anyone playing this currently? My handle is Pan if you want to give me a friend invite would love to meet some more people. PUGs are fun but tired of the 40/60 win fail ratio :)
I play occasionally, but only in PUGs. Haven't had the motivation to check out premades yet. Also, I'm in Europe, so coordinating would be a bit difficult if you're living in the US.

Well I am Pan in MWO so friend me. Who knows maybe we can run a few groups sometime. I am also part of House Marik.

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