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Published on November 1st, 2011 | by Brandon

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MechWarrior Online coming in 2012

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Many older gamers will remember the well-known MechWarrior series of the Windows 95/98 days, where players did battle with each other from the cockpits of mechanical robots.  We haven’t seen a MechWarrior game on the PC for a while (the last one was released in the early 2000s), but PC Gamer tells us that all changes soon.

Piranha Games has just announced MechWarrior Online, a “team-based multiplayer BattleMech sim” that will be free to play.  In fact, as the previous sentence suggests, Piranha says they’re looking to make MWO a true successor to the MechWarrior titles of the 1990s.  As such, the game will be more of a tactical “Mech sim” than a shooter, most likely complete with joystick support.  According to Bryan Ekman, MWO’s Creative Director, a core pillar of the game will be “information warfare,” saying that they want to avoid gameplay that turns into a simple arms race.

If you’ve never played a MechWarrior game, check out the trailer below that Piranha put out in 2009 (presumably when this game’s development was in its infancy). While I’m sure MWO has evolved considerably since this trailer, you can see just how awesome a well-done MechWarrior title could be in this day and age:

MechWarrior Online is scheduled to release in the second half of 2012.  You can read much more about it in the PC Gamer article and at the official MWO website.

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Brandon started his PC gaming days playing Doom II (IDDQD/IDKFA for life) and has been hooked on online gaming since the original Starsiege: Tribes. The way to his heart is through proper grammar, corn dogs, and cookie cake.


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  • Slab

    >I can't wait. I used to play the shit out of MechWarrior 2 and 3 back in the day.

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