What you need to know
- MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is the return of a semi-dormant franchise, putting a modern spin on the classic mech battle genre.
- Piranha Games is currently prepping the Heroes of the Sphere DLC for MW5: Mercenaries but delayed it to Spring 2021.
- Because of the delay, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is bringing the franchise back to consoles after a 16-year hiatus.
- In Spring 2021, the game will launch with its new DLC simultaneously on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is the latest game in a long-running franchise that, as the name implies, focuses on the classic mech combat genre, in which players pilot massive mech suits and essentially blow everything up. The game did decent in our review for its engaging combat and gameplay but lost a lot when it came to its boring world and story. The game is currently working on the Heros of the Sphere DLC to add a bunch of new content but recently decided to delay the launch. The delay isn't all bad news, though, as the delay means additional optimization and improvements, as well as returning the MechWarrior franchise to consoles for the first time since 2004.
Special announcement regarding #MW5Mercs XBox versions and new simultaneous ship date!https://t.co/ox2Afpi9tC pic.twitter.com/CTFMpBplkkSpecial announcement regarding #MW5Mercs XBox versions and new simultaneous ship date!https://t.co/ox2Afpi9tC pic.twitter.com/CTFMpBplkk— MechWarrior5Mercs (@MW5Mercs) November 25, 2020November 25, 2020
When the Heroes of the Sphere DLC launches in Spring 2021, it'll launch simultaneously on Steam, GOG, Epic Games, the Microsoft Store, and all current Xbox consoles. Not only is this the first time in over 15 years that a MechWarrior game has been seen on consoles, but it also makes it an Xbox console exclusive when it does land. It's not clear if there will be any next-gen enhancements for the Xbox Series X|S yet, but we'll likely learn more as we get closer to launch.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries decided to delay because of Cyberpunk 2077, which recently delayed its release date to December 10. Piranha Games didn't want their launch to be overshadowed by a much larger game, so they made the decision to delay (much like the Medium did recently for the same reason).
If you're planning on climbing into a mech yourself when MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries comes to consoles, consider one of the Best Wireless Headsets for Xbox Series X|S to ensure you never miss a sound in combat, without having to deal with cables.
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