MechWarrior Online officially announced

PC gamers who have been awaiting word of the promised revival of the MechWarrior franchise have some good news today. Developer Piranha Games has officially announced Mechwarrior Online, a free-to-play sci-fi tactical online game featuring those classic 50 foot tall BattleMechs that will launch sometime in the second half of 2012.

Piranha Games previously announced plans to launch a new MechWarrior game in 2009 with an action-sim design similar to the classic MechWarrior titles. But as discussed on the game's official blog, the team was unable to secure a publishing deal with anyone for that game pitch. In 2011 Piranha secured the rights to the MechWarrior license from its previous owner Smith and Tinker and started to explore the idea of making the game as a free-to-play online title. It also found a partner, Infinity Game Publishing, that helped to secure funding for the game.

As far as MechWarrior Online itself, PC Gamer reports that the title will still have features that will please long time MechWarrior fans, including possible joystick support. But this new installment will be more of a tactical sim game than a shooter. There will also be more urban combat MechWarrior Online which is something that older titles couldn't really support that well.

Look for the game to have a big emphasis on teams, including support for four-person "lances" (the MechWarrior term for a squad). While the game will include support for purchasing virtual items, Piranha claims that nothing can be purchased that would give a player a real advantage over others.

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Wow, I haven't thought about these games in years, but they were definately some of my first ventures into PC gaming (my very first was MegaRace which came with the computer). But I'm having major flashbacks to MechWarrior 2, 3, and trying to play MechCommander on dialup.

thedaini said,
Wow, I haven't thought about these games in years, but they were definately some of my first ventures into PC gaming (my very first was MegaRace which came with the computer). But I'm having major flashbacks to MechWarrior 2, 3, and trying to play MechCommander on dialup.

LOL Megarace hailed as one of the first true MMX titles.....(ok showing my age now!) lol Came freee with my Gateway P166MMX machine

Ah man, reading this makes me want to play Mech Commander now, its been on the back of my mind for days anyway so this makes it even worse

This should be good MA online was always alot of fun... Sadly the servers didnt last as long as the game originally did.

Focusing on Team play and urban combat sound interesting, if a bit like Armored Core 5. Either way good to see Mech Warrior coming back in whatever form, hopefully built for DX 10.1/11.

I'd love to just have a remake of the originals with better graphics and the same way to connect to servers as it was before. But yeah I agree...why F2P cause that's exactly what will happen people will be able to BUY more things to beat others and win...same so many game makers are going this route.

sava700 said,
I'd love to just have a remake of the originals with better graphics and the same way to connect to servers as it was before. But yeah I agree...why F2P cause that's exactly what will happen people will be able to BUY more things to beat others and win...same so many game makers are going this route.

cos its been proven to be a cash cow generator ;o) little n often over retail sales of title

MechWarrior II was my first, and still my favorite computer game. I hope this does well, from the sound of it, it could be a hybrid of MechWarrior and MechCommander maybe ?

In any case, I hope they include the Ryoken OmniMech