Piranha Games has re-announced their MechWarrior reboot, now known as MechWarrior Online – coming in 2012. Though there may be some confusion in this news as the last thing we saw was a CGI trailer depicting one of the first battles that rages the war between factions in spectacular fashion – almost as if it was a single-player experience. This is the trailer we saw back in 2009 for the MechWarrior reveal:
And so here we have the PC-exclusive, Free-2-Play multiplayer, team-based mech game: MechWarrior Online from Piranha Games. The phrase “Free-2-Play” or “F2P” or however you put it, is worrisome as you think graphics and/or content will be sub-par or out of balance with features or microtransactions holding back the best stuff. I don’t think we should worry about that as these guys have been working hard the past 2 years without so much as a peep as to what’s happening with the game. I think they are very concerned with the fan-base and and with PC exclusivity, they are focused all on one platform with one mission: not to disappoint.
Another worry is that this will not be faithful to the MechWarrior franchise, Piranha Games’ President Russ Bullock says otherwise to PC Gamer:
“I think it’s really the MechWarrior you know,” Bullock says. “It’s fully first-person. It’s not a new interpretation. We’re modernizing things a little bit, I think we’ll get to those questions, but certainly it’s MechWarrior.”
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MechWarrior online features multiple upgrade paths, both for Mechs and pilots, but it should not be too complicated. As Bullock says, “If someone has played a combination of Mechwarrior, Call of Duty, and Diablo in their gaming life, they’re going to have seen everything that we’re offering for the most part.”