One of the first online multiplayer games for Microsoft's first Xbox console was MechAssault. Now, current Xbox leader Phil Spencer has admitted he would like to see a new game in that series.
Spencer made those remarks during a panel interview this week at the Tokyo Game Show. X (formerly Twitter) user Idle Sloth posted a video clip of Spencer responding to a question of what Xbox games he would like to see revived:
I always wanted us to go back and revisit the kind of MechAssault MechWarrior space. I think there's a lot we can do. There's so much about that whole franchise that in some way I think was ahead of its time, and it would be nice to get to go back and revisit.
(FYI) In an Interview at #XboxTGS, Phil Spencer was asked what IP he would like to see revived— Idle Sloth💙💛 (@IdleSloth84_) September 23, 2023
"I always wanted us to go back and revisit MechAssault MechWarrior space, I think there's a lot we can do. There's so much about that whole franchise that in some way was ahead of its… pic.twitter.com/qTVWIR0ogM
Spencer quickly stated that there was no concrete plan at the moment for a new MechAssault game so his comments should not be considered a "leak" of any upcoming game. However, he did add, " , , , that would be a nice one."
MechAssault was set in the BattleTech sci-fi universe where huge mechs keep order in the galaxy. The game, developed by Day 1 Studios, was a third-person shooter where players could go on missions to destroy vehicles, buildings and other mechs along with multiplayer matches. A sequel: MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, was released by Day 1 and Microsoft in December 2004.
While there may not be any new MechAssault games coming soon, developer Piranha Games has recently announced plans for a new single-player game set in that same universe. MechWarrior 5: Clans is due out for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation platforms in 2024.