More than fifteen years on from the release of the last MechWarrior game, a sequel, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, has been announced.
The title will be the series’s second outing under developer Piranha Games, the first being the poorly-received multiplayer game MechWarrior Online. Unlike that game, however, Mercenaries is currently expected to only feature a single-player campaign.
As in previous titles in the series, the bulk of the gameplay will take place in the cockpit of a bipedal war machine, with the game offering more than the typical first-person shooter through its squad command system. Furthermore, players will also be tasked acquiring, maintaining, and enhancing additional BattleMechs, ensuring customisation is present in a genre that so readily deserves it.
Familiarity with the series will not be necessary as the game seems to have few links to the past. Players will step into the shoes of a mercenary caught up in a war between various factions, though how much freedom this setting offers in terms of allowing players to choose their allegiances has not been made clear. Despite this, the developers have promised an “immersive” campaign “driven by player choice.”
A brief gameplay trailer, showcasing the process of entering the BattleMech and engaging in combat, was released alongside the announcement:
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is the latest entry in a series that stretches back to 1989’s MechWarrior, by Dynamix. Several developers, including SOCOM studio Zipper Interactive, have worked on previous entries. Furthermore, the MechWarrior series is only one part of the larger BattleTech franchise, which has its origins in tabletop wargaming. Another video game in this larger series is also in development, BattleTech, a turn-based strategy game from Shadowrun Returns developer Harebrained Schemes, scheduled for release in 2017.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is currently set for release on PC in 2018. You can find out more about the game at its official website.