During Mech_Con 2016 in Vancouver, Piranha Games dropped a bomb. The developer, known for its F2P MechWarrior Online, announced that it’s working on MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the first totally new single-player MechWarrior title in 15 years. Founder and president, Russ Bullock, revealed the game by showcasing a live playthrough of the upcoming title during his keynote speech.
Not much is yet known about MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, but this is what Bullock had to say about it:
“Our main goal with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is to provide fans with a standalone, story-driven single-player experience that allows for a great amount of flexibility in terms of player choice, built on a foundation of the intense, tactical ‘Mech combat the franchise is known for.”
And, just in case you were worried about the future of MechWarrior Online, Bullock had this to say as well:
“Along with the release of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in 2018 we’re going to continue supporting our existing MechWarrior Online game and its fanbase with new updates and regular content releases. MWO is now in its fifth year of development and operation, and there’s still a lot of really cool stuff planned for it. For fans who have been waiting for the return of a true single-player MechWarrior game though, we are really happy to announce MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.”
Ready those drop pods, pilots, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is slated for a 2018 launch. Feast your eyes on the pre-alpha footage and screenshots below.