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MechWarrior Reboot Using CryEngine 3, Free-to-Play

By - Source: Pirahna Games | B 48 comments

MechWarrior Online will be a free-to-play PC game using Crytek's CryENGINE 3 in the second half of 2012.

The classic PC franchise MechAssault is finally making a long-awaited return, but it won't arrive as the next installment to the original series. Instead, developer Piranha Games is using Crytek's CryENGINE 3 to create the "premium" free-to-play MechWarrior Online.

"Here at Crytek we are incredibly proud that Piranha Games have selected CryENGINE 3 to power their forthcoming Mechwarrior Online game," says Carl Jones, Director of Global Business Development CryENGINE. "2012 will see a new segment in the games industry – as free-to-play games will step up to offer true AAA quality to gamers. Both Piranha and Crytek believe in the potential of this market and we look forward to helping them achieve their vision for an amazing game experience. With our own game, Warface and more than 20 of our current CryENGINE licensees also working on AAA quality, free-to-play games, CryENGINE is becoming the technology of choice for the highest quality online games."

According to Piranha, the online game will be set in the year 3049 and focus on four distinct pillars: Mech Warfare, Role Warfare, Community Warfare and Information Warfare. Participating gamers will be rewarded with experience points, C-Bills, unlocks, and recognition. They will also be able to upgrade skills and refine their role in gameplay using an all-new leveling system.

"Working with CryENGINE is a true pleasure," said Russ Bullock, president of Piranha Games. "It is definitely the best choice for us: Both the character animation pipeline with the procedurally and physics based animations and the destruction system fit our goals perfectly and allow us to develop a truly unique AAA experience based on the award-winning BattleTech Universe."

Piranha originally announced its upcoming MechWarrior free-to-play game for the PC back on November 1. Gamers will play a key role in a dynamic and ever-changing universe where their exploits impact the world. Daily story updates and frequent content additions will create "epic" changes to the Inner Sphere universe and its many inhabitants.

"MechWarrior Online lets players command at will: go head-to-head online alone or with friends in high-octane Conquest and VS modes," Piranha said weeks ago. "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."

MechWarrior Online is set to launch in the second half of 2012 from newly formed digital publisher, Infinite Game Publishing.

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    demonhorde665 , November 19, 2011 9:26 PM
    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY !!!!!!!?????

    DONT RUIN MY FAVORITE SERIES


    F2P means TERRIBLE game balancing between people with money and folks with out money I'd rather pay 60 bucks for the game and have acess to every thing the game offers as well as an engaging single palyer game ...screw you parahna.

    so disapoitned findign this out , i really looked forward to a classic mechwarrior exprience. Not this .
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    funguseater , November 19, 2011 9:17 PM
    YES! been waiting a loong time for a new MW.
  • 13 Hide
    clonazepam , November 19, 2011 9:26 PM
    I'm really excited about this with the one exception of just imagining how much real money it will cost for upgrades / better mechs.
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  • 24 Hide
    funguseater , November 19, 2011 9:17 PM
    YES! been waiting a loong time for a new MW.
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    mstngs351 , November 19, 2011 9:21 PM
    woohoo!
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    clonazepam , November 19, 2011 9:26 PM
    I'm really excited about this with the one exception of just imagining how much real money it will cost for upgrades / better mechs.
  • 24 Hide
    demonhorde665 , November 19, 2011 9:26 PM
    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY !!!!!!!?????

    DONT RUIN MY FAVORITE SERIES


    F2P means TERRIBLE game balancing between people with money and folks with out money I'd rather pay 60 bucks for the game and have acess to every thing the game offers as well as an engaging single palyer game ...screw you parahna.

    so disapoitned findign this out , i really looked forward to a classic mechwarrior exprience. Not this .
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    demonhorde665 , November 19, 2011 9:27 PM
    clonazepamI'm really excited about this with the one exception of just imagining how much real money it will cost for upgrades / better mechs.



    this is my thoughts and why i made teh post above
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    Parsian , November 19, 2011 9:31 PM
    I have played the CryEngine 2 version, it was very deep and very epic. I cant wait for this version as well :p 
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    clonazepam , November 19, 2011 9:37 PM
    demonhorde665FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY !!!!!!!????? DONT RUIN MY FAVORITE SERIES F2P means TERRIBLE game balancing between people with money and folks with out money I'd rather pay 60 bucks for the game and have acess to every thing the game offers as well as an engaging single palyer game ...screw you parahna. so disapoitned findign this out , i really looked forward to a classic mechwarrior exprience. Not this .


    I have to disagree though. I think they made the right choice. This is a pretty niche game. I'm not sure the popularity of the series would be enough to drive sales and allow continued maintenance at a low cost. This might be the only way to bring the game off the drawing boards. You know the suits always have the final say. =/
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    Stardude82 , November 19, 2011 9:56 PM
    F2P means TERRIBLE game balancing between people with money and folks with out money


    Sounds like they are trying to make it more realistic.
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    erelyes , November 19, 2011 9:56 PM
    WHERE IS THE BATTLETECH REBOOT!!! ARGHHHH
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    olaf , November 19, 2011 10:36 PM
    aww kewl :D  now GIMME MY ATLAS!
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    computertech82 , November 19, 2011 11:46 PM
    demonhorde665FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY !!!!!!!????? DONT RUIN MY FAVORITE SERIES F2P means TERRIBLE game balancing between people with money and folks with out money I'd rather pay 60 bucks for the game and have acess to every thing the game offers as well as an engaging single palyer game ...screw you parahna. so disapoitned findign this out , i really looked forward to a classic mechwarrior exprience. Not this .


    That's basically my response. Those with money will destroy the ones that play for free. it's PvP only game, there is no co-op.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2011 12:00 AM
    hopefully this is a mech game, not call of duty in robots...
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    hetneo , November 20, 2011 12:37 AM
    demonhorde665FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY !!!!!!!????? DONT RUIN MY FAVORITE SERIES F2P means TERRIBLE game balancing between people with money and folks with out money I'd rather pay 60 bucks for the game and have acess to every thing the game offers as well as an engaging single palyer game ...screw you parahna. so disapoitned findign this out , i really looked forward to a classic mechwarrior exprience. Not this .

    "The classic PC franchise MechAssault is finally making a long-awaited return, but it won't arrive as the next installment to the original series. Instead, developer Piranha Games is using Crytek's CryENGINE 3 to create the "premium" free-to-play MechWarrior Online."

    Any questions?
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    SmileyTPB1 , November 20, 2011 12:59 AM
    The CryEngine? Really? UE3 wasn't an option? And "free to play online" business model? No single player option?

    Way to set it up to be the suckiest suck in the history of sucking.

    (I'm waiting for HAWKEN)
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    atikkur , November 20, 2011 1:40 AM
    welcome back
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    unksol , November 20, 2011 1:59 AM
    sweet they are ripping off mechwarrior living legends

    www.mechlivinglegends.net/
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    alidan , November 20, 2011 2:10 AM
    demonhorde665FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY !!!!!!!????? DONT RUIN MY FAVORITE SERIES F2P means TERRIBLE game balancing between people with money and folks with out money I'd rather pay 60 bucks for the game and have acess to every thing the game offers as well as an engaging single palyer game ...screw you parahna. so disapoitned findign this out , i really looked forward to a classic mechwarrior exprience. Not this .


    did this say its a pay to win?
    most of the successful f2p games are cosmetic changes at best with paying. with mech warrior, cant you imagine that they would charge 10 or so $ and you could get a custom skin or something?
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    alidan , November 20, 2011 2:12 AM
    alidandid this say its a pay to win? most of the successful f2p games are cosmetic changes at best with paying. with mech warrior, cant you imagine that they would charge 10 or so $ and you could get a custom skin or something?


    i should also say, the worst of the f2p moddles that i have come across were all asian based, this is all in the western world, developed and funded.
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    DroKing , November 20, 2011 2:17 AM
    alidandid this say its a pay to win? most of the successful f2p games are cosmetic changes at best with paying. with mech warrior, cant you imagine that they would charge 10 or so $ and you could get a custom skin or something?


    Thats what im hoping for not the Crossfire method or NFS:W that grants u clear advantage over players who dont buy stuff.
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    skaz , November 20, 2011 2:44 AM
    "Free to play" games are a bad deal. The "free to play" system Milks the gamer who is willing to spend small amounts of money periodically. Even if it ultimately means spending a large sum in the end. It baffles me that enough people have got into "free to play" games to warrant the industry shift.
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