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New MTX

The MekTek Website has recovered from its recent outage, and now offers an updated beta of the MTX software designed to overcome some of the problems users experienced trying to download the free MechWarrior 4 rerelease using the first release of this content delivery system. The new version will no longer fail if their website is unavailable, and removes the custom skin that caused its performance to lag. They also respond to user criticism of the use of MTX to distribute the free version of MechWarrior 4, but they also say: "MekTek will be releasing a self extracting installer containing both MTX and Mechwarrior4: Mercenaries very shortly. However, in the meantime, if you have your MTX files, download the new installer of MTX, and give it a try." Their defense of the MTX software follows, which seems to downplay the ability to distribute patches through more traditional community approaches.

Some people have expressed questions and concerns about using MTX to install the game. The main reason we are using MTX to deliver this free distribution of Mechwarrior: Mercenaries is to be able to serve the many updates we have planned in the near future. Patching and updating Mercs without an easy method of distribution to the amount of people who will need the patches and updates, will become a much larger problem than simply being patient with us and MTX while we work out the bugs. The community will fragment with all the different versions that will be out there once we start releasing updates without a system in place to deliver the updates to everyone playing the free release. We are aware of hardware issues and long standing bugs with Mechwarrior4 which we plan to address in the future. Also worth noting that we are planning to release more Mechwarrior titles via MTX in the future. We realize MTX caused grief for many folk and we apologize. We hope our 100,000 guests that crashed our server this weekend will return and not be too disgruntled.

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