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Free MW4 "Very Shortly"

Inspired by a question in our forums, we found a follow-up from a couple of weeks ago on MekTek.net to the announcement in early July that a free release of MechWarrior 4 was coming "soon." It turns out the announcement was almost as unexpected for them as for the rest of us, and they have been working ever since to remove DRM from the game, update their matchmaking software that's taking the place of Microsoft's now-defunct Zonematch service, and finalize the software that will allow the game to be patched after release. Other issues must also be resolved prior to release, including completion of legal paperwork and the completion of proper server infrastructure:

The unfortunate aspect of all this great news is that all of these new developments could have been ironed out before the announcement but they were not. Our partners felt an initial announcement was necessary and so did we. We plan to release Mechwarrior4 for FREE when developments are completed and considered stable. We are also waiting on legal paper work from lawyers and as anyone out there that has worked in the professional industry knows, something of this magnitude takes time on all fronts. MekTek is not receiving any financial support from the partners regarding this release and obviously no one can quit their daytime job to get the job done faster either. The release has entered beta status and will be delivered to the world very shortly. MekTek is supported through donations from our community and thus far we have received 50% of our goal to cover server infrastructure costs. We hope the community will continue to support us during this very busy time to ensure we have the best possible hardware in place for this release.

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9. Re: Free MW4 Sep 5, 2009, 12:37 Darks
 
I made the Coop mod for this years back so 4 players can play all of the sp maps together. Im hoping my mod will still work on this version. looking forward to it and hope it works with Windows 7.

http://www.fileplanet.com/88994/80000/fileinfo/MechWarrior-4-Co-Op-[Updated]

 
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Creator of the Neverwnter Nights Eye of the Beholder Series of Mods.

http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Modules.Detail&id=6375
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8. Re: Free MW4 Sep 4, 2009, 23:18 Mead
 
If anyone manages to mod it to use tabletop rules my crotch will probably explode.

It's fun at the start, but quickly devolves into a medium pulse laser legfest.
 
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7. Re: Free MW4 Sep 4, 2009, 22:53 Hump
 
Its a matter of personal taste. Many liked it, some felt it was too arcade-like.

Its a great game tho. The original, the expansions, Black Knight and MW4Mercs were all highly entertaining. Just be ready for some low res texture depression.
 
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6. Re: Free MW4 "Very Shortly" Sep 4, 2009, 22:06 Creston
 
Is MW4 good? If so, I'll gladly send these guys 20 bucks for their efforts.

Creston
 
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5. Re: Free MW4 "Very Shortly" Sep 4, 2009, 19:59 UConnBBall
 
I can finally get out my joystick I bought for this game when it came out. I loved playing though I think I must have a 8 deaths to every kill ratio going if memory serves me right. The people that stayed playing this one were seriously hard core.  
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4. Re: Free MW4 Sep 4, 2009, 19:39 Prez
 
Thanks for the follow-up!  
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3. Re: Free MW4 Sep 4, 2009, 18:10 eunichron
 
This is retardedly awesome.  
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2. Re: Free MW4 "Very Shortly" Sep 4, 2009, 18:09 Hump
 
These guys have done an enormous amount of work for Mechwarrior/Battletech community. They deserve support. If you have a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket, send it to them.  
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1. Re: Free MW4 "Very Shortly" Sep 4, 2009, 18:07 Talisorn
 
Thanks for following that up Blue!!  
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