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Mechwarrior: Online announced & they’re saying all the right things

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Mechwarrior 2: 31st Century Combat was the first PC game I’ve ever owned. I loved it, but not as much as Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries which was also my first experience with an online game.

I got deep into the Mechwarrior/Battletech franchise. Reading novels about the universe and even started a clan website on the now defunct Xoom web hosting service.

So imagine the pleasant feeling I got after I read the news tidbits about Piranha Games’ revival of the Mechwarrior franchise. It was was once a multiplatform title, but was transformed into a free to play game aptly dubbed Mechwarrior: Online. And it’s exclusive to the PC.

Here are some highlights:

  • It’s a first person mech sim
  • Free to play, but nothing that will yield a tactical advantage can be purchased with real money
  • Take place before the clan invasion of the Inner Sphere in the year 3049
  • Real time story; daily story progression
  • More tactical than a shooter
  • Launches mid 2012
I am so looking forward to this! I just hope it works out and isn’t just a pie in the sky dream. It’s been far too long since we’ve had a proper Mechwarrior game.

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