MechWarrior Online is the next installment in the MechWarrior franchise. Developed by Piranha Games and published by Infinite Games, it’s set to be a premium free-to-play game based on four pillars: Mech Warfare, Role Warfare, Community Warfare, and Information Warfare. Players will be able to take command of their BattleMech battlefield behemoths and customize them to suit their favored combat roles by upgrading systems, replacing weapons, and tweaking armor from a vast list of options. Ally with one of the five great houses, or create your own Mercenary Corps and take on other Merc Corps for control of the Inner Sphere planets.
The MechWarrior Online team has posted an extensive look at the latest update to be applied to the game. Most notably, the patch brings Faction Play Clan Invasion into the game. Players will be able to take part in 4v4 scouting game mode, War Planning, Planetary Reinforcements and Advantages, as well as progress in the Career System, check out the Leaderboards and find new ways to earn Coffer Income.
Beginning at the end of May, competitive MechWarrior Online players will be able to take part in the regional qualifying tournaments that pave the way to December's MechWarrior Online World Championships. Teams will be competing for a share of over $100k in prize money along the way.
In a new series of articles we plan to showcase here at MMORPG.com, our member MadFrenchie pens his thoughts on MechWarrior Online as it stands now, compared to how it fared at launch. We're calling the series "The Player's Perspective", and hope you like this inaugural column. If you have an idea for another, please let Bill know via PMs on the forums!
But as someone who never really took the time to pay much attention to Mechwarrior Online and the much larger Battletech universe, the highlight of my evening was sitting down and talking with Russ Bullock, president of Piranha Games. If one person would be able to convince me that Mechwarrior Online was a game worth playing, surely this man would be the one.
Mechwarrior Online has had a long road to get to where it is today, and the mood of the Steam launch event--where almost 200 fans have gathered alongside Piranha Games staff--couldn't reflect that any better. On one hand, the evening feels like a celebration of the milestones that Mechwarrior Online has achieved to date.