MechWarrior 5 preorders open on PC, new trailer drops

Do you like mechs? Have you ever wanted to have even more spectacular battles than Titanfall? Well, now's your chance because MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries just went up for preorder on PC. The editions range all the way from $49.99 to $119.99, so choose wisely. Aside from bonus content, you also get more currency for the online mode the higher you go.

According to the developer, MechWarrior 5 is modeled after MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries, granting players the freedom to run their campaigns how they choose. In MechWarrior 5, you'll build, manage, and guide your own mercenary unit through a multi-year campaign during the sprawling "Third and Fourth Succession Wars." You'll will face complicated situations with no perfect solution because you have to choose which contracts to accept, where in the galaxy to direct your attention, and how to balance repairs or upgrades with maintaining a unit's limited resources.

While the game is coming to PC on September 10, 2019, there's still hope for a console port, especially on Xbox One. Microsoft has met with developer Pirahna Games on a number of occasions.

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Although no Xbox One version has been confirmed, Pirahna Games went on record to say that the team has been in talks with Microsoft recently about "something." Here's hoping Xbox One customers get in on the action too! These talks may just be about bringing MechWarrior 5 to Xbox One, so don't take this as confirmation that Microsoft plans on acquiring Pirahna like Playground Games and other studios.

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8 Comments
  • Playing this, streaming from xCloud, using the next gen Holo Lens or high def VR headset would be an instant purchase.
  • I'm not sure how successful this will be considering a huge amount of MechWarrior fans have been let down by Piranha's handling of MechWarrior Online. Another question is what will happen to MWO when MW5 is released seeing as MW5 has an online component? Oh and MS have probably had so many meetings with PGI to make sure they don't continue crapping on MS' IP any more than they already have done.
  • MWO gets a lot of complaints online, but I have actually played the game and find it fun. I was not excited about the F2P model, and don't generally like online multiplayer deathmatch in general, but gave it a shot. The learning curve is steep at first, because you have to figure out how to compete against more experienced human players. I think a fair number of the salt lords are people who paid into the kickstarter in 2011 era and feel like PGI did not deliver all they promised. But they have kept the IP alive, MWO to me is an enjoyable game, and I'm hopeful that MW5 will be fun too. The online component of MW5 is 4 player co-op. PGI has said MW5 won't have P2P as they're keeping that with MWO (different engines, different code for online optimization, etc). PGI's license for the Mechwarrior IP goes through mid-2020, so the Microsoft meetings are more likely about license renewal terms. My guess is if MW5 does well, PGI may port MWO to the Unreal Engine to use what they've developed for MW5 and offer an updated online multiplayer focused product.
  • Mechwarrior was the best PC game, but it used a joystick. I miss joystick games like flight sims, space sims and games like MW. I would love to see another Red Barron II with online options.
  • The space sims are still around. Elite Dangerous: Horizons to name one.
  • Maybe, you can use a joystick through Adaptive Controller?
  • I have a PC joystick, but it's not USB. The last time I saw a PC game worth using a joystick was when they still connected to the 'joystick' port on most soundcards. I remember Wingcommander 3 with Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Ginger Lynn Allen? That was a great joystick game.
  • I just want Mech Assault 3