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'MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries' Revives The Series' Single-Player Offerings In Dec 2018

A new trailer for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries showcased enhanced damage models, destructible environments, and non-mech vehicles.

Piranha Games revived the MechWarrior franchise with MechWarrior Online (MWO) in 2013. Although many followers would argue that it never quite delivered on its earlier promises, which included following a canonical timeline, house (faction) wars, and lance (squad) management, bringing back the core gameplay and mechs was enough.

In late 2016, Piranha Games made good on those early promises by announcing MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the first single-player MechWarrior game in 15 years. Following in the footsteps of MechWarrior games before it, the “Mercenaries” subtitle denotes a game that is scenario and skirmish-based, rather than strictly story-based. Classically, a numbered MechWarrior game, which was a narrative-driven single-player game, would be followed by a “Mercenaries” expansion. Piranha Games has done the opposite, presumably leaving the more iconic release for later.

That isn’t to say, however, that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries won’t have a campaign. Piranha Games previously announced that it would span several decades of the canonical BattleTech timeline. According to lore, the timespan of the game’s campaign sees the introduction of many of the universe’s iconic technologies, which the player will use to grow their mercenary corporation. One part of the game is fighting and commanding your lance in sandbox-type missions. The other part is managing your mercenary corporation’s resources and house affiliations.

At this year’s Mech_Con, Piranha Games’ annual MechWarrior fan convention, the developers dropped a new trailer for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and announced that it will be arriving in December 2018. Classic MechWarrior fans will notice the return of non-mech vehicles, including helicopters and tanks; semi-destructible buildings; and a retro interface. If you’re already an MWO player, you’ll notice that the models for the mechs are borrowed from MWO, but the opening sequence of the trailer shows off the much more detailed damage graphics in development for the mechs. The developers previously said that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries would have more complex damage calculation, as well.

You can learn more of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries before its 2018 debut at its new website or by watching its 2016 announcement trailer. And it’s not the only MechWarrior game in development: The turn-based strategy game BattleTech is also currently under development.

NameMechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
TypeAction
DeveloperPiranha Games
PublisherPiranha Games
PlatformsPC
Where To BuyN/A
Release DateDecember 2018
  • ibjeepr
    Crap, I'll need to buy a control stick for the first time in 15 years.
    Maybe my Xbox Elite game pad will work decent for it. I hope so.
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    "All systems, nominal." The goosebumps, THE GOOSEBUMPS!!!!
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  • Jake Hall
    Sorry... but the graphics look terrible
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  • ibjeepr
    20472468 said:
    Sorry... but the graphics look terrible

    LOL, seriously? You're criticizing the graphics on a game that's not due out for a year?
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  • James Mason
    20472177 said:
    Crap, I'll need to buy a control stick for the first time in 15 years.
    Maybe my Xbox Elite game pad will work decent for it. I hope so.

    The Xbox One controller works amazingly well for the old MW4:Mercenaries.

    MW4 is really the only reason i owned a real joystick as well, but mine disappeared somehow after I moved.
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  • ibjeepr
    20472853 said:
    20472177 said:
    Crap, I'll need to buy a control stick for the first time in 15 years.
    Maybe my Xbox Elite game pad will work decent for it. I hope so.

    The Xbox One controller works amazingly well for the old MW4:Mercenaries.

    MW4 is really the only reason i owned a real joystick as well, but mine disappeared somehow after I moved.

    Good to know!
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  • spdragoo
    20472479 said:
    20472468 said:
    Sorry... but the graphics look terrible

    LOL, seriously? You're criticizing the graphics on a game that's not due out for a year?

    It's not the timing of it that is a problem. Let's face it, I'm sure there have been plenty of examples in the past of a game that had "terrible" graphics before it was ever released, & they didn't actually improve them before release.

    My issue with "the graphics look terrible" is that I completely disagree. I think the graphics are quite excellent.

    But then, I'm probably biased, since I not only played MW4, but also MW3 and the old MW2 (Titanium edition). These graphics are miles beyond what the old games had. Can't wait for this to come out.
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  • LORD_ORION
    Looks bad, but it is missing alot of the effects you can see in Mechwarrior Online... so for certain they'll be added since it made by the same people.
    Obvious missing: Light flares, contrails, screen space reflections, environmental effects, and particles...
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  • james.solomon
    I have to agree, the environmental graphics looked bad. That being said, it has some time before release, so lets hope they address issues. Seriously, the video looked like something my old ps3 could do.
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  • siberiantiger
    4K graphics needed.
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