Piranha Games announces MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, a new installment in the
mech combat series. In spite of enduring affection for the franchise, this will
be the first single-player MechWarrior game in 15 years. This is being built
with Epic's Unreal Engine 4 for release in 2018, but they reassure MechWarrior
Online players that a live team will continue to support that game as well. They offer
this trailer with
around seven minutes of pre-alpha gameplay footage and
Twitch has footage
of the game livestreamed from the event, though some of the audio is muted
because lawyers. Here's the deal:
Piranha Games announced MechWarrior 5:
Mercenaries to a packed house of MechWarrior fans tonight via a live stage demo
at Mech_Con 2016.
The first standalone single-player MechWarrior title in development for PC in
nearly 15 years, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will feature intense PvE ‘Mech
combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice.
Featuring an advancing timeline starting in the year 3015, players will adopt
the role of a green MechWarrior mercenary thrust into combat as the Third
Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere; the vast region of
colonized space surrounding Earth. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only
require skill on the battlefield, but in the maintenance and enhancement of your
Set for release in 2018, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is under development by a
dedicated and separate development team at Piranha Games using Unreal Engine 4.
MechWarrior Online, Piranha’s existing F2P multiplayer-focused tactical ‘Mech
combat game (built with CryEngine) will continue its ongoing live development by
the MWO team at Piranha.
"Our main goal with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is to provide fans with a
standalone, story-driven single-player experience that allows for a great amount
of flexibility in terms of player choice, built on a foundation of the intense,
tactical ‘Mech combat the franchise is known for," said Russ Bullock, president
of Piranha Games. “Along with the release of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in 2018
we're going to continue supporting our existing MechWarrior Online game and its
fanbase with new updates and regular content releases. MWO is now in its fifth
year of development and operation, and there’s still a lot of really cool stuff
planned for it. For fans who have been waiting for the return of a true
single-player MechWarrior game though, we are really happy to announce
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries."