By Emily Gera on Aug 12, 2013 08.12.13
MechWarrior Online developer Piranha Games successfully raised over $100,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society through the sale of "Sarah's Mech," a custom Jenner Class Chassis Champion class created in honor of five-year-old Sarah Parries who passed away from Cancer earlier in the year. The specially-made mech is available to the MechWarrior community for $10, with net proceeds donated to the Cancer society in Sarah's name. "Sarah's story touched us all and we are so grateful and amazed by the generous global outpouring of support in her name," Vice President of Revenue Development at the Canadian Cancer Society Ron Kuehl told GameInformer. "It's truly heartening that something positive is coming from such a tragic situation." Parries and her dad played MechWarrior Online...
By Colin Campbell on Jul 23, 2013 07.23.13
MechWarrior Online maker Piranha Games and publisher Infinite have released a custom mech, in honor of a little girl who passed away earlier this year. A custom Jenner Class Chassis Champion class called 'Sarah's Mech' is available now for pilots to purchase for $10 through August 20. All proceeds are going to the Canadian Cancer Society. Five-year-old Sarah Marie Alida Parries enjoyed playing MechWarrior Online with her dad. According to a post on the MechWarrior forums, she "loved speeding around with night-vision and lots of medium lasers so she could 'get 'em good' blazing through the Inner Sphere with her father Jon. Sarah was an excellent sport and shared her dad's passion for BattleTech." Sarah died in May, in Vancouver. More information here.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jun 26, 2013 06.26.13
A new pre-order promotion for MechWarrior Online is offering players who buy early a chance to snag rare mechs and gear, developer Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing announced today. Starting today, the Project Phoenix pre-order program offers a range of "beloved and perk-wielding mechs" for between $20 and $80. These packages will be delivered to players on Oct. 15, and will include one of four rare mechs as well as a score of other in-game items including a 10 percent loyalty point boost, custom-designed mech exterior and a custom in-game tile and forum badge. A full list of perks included in these pre-order packages can be found at the Project Phoenix website. The four mechs included in the pre-order promotion are the speed-focused Locust, medium-weight Shadow Hawk, the...
By Dave Tach on Apr 16, 2013 04.16.13
An update released today for MechWarrior Online brings the game's first Champion mech and aims to make battlefield coordination easier in Piranha Games' first-person mech shooter, according to patch notes from producer Matt Newman on the game's official website. Patch 1.2.214 introduces the Dragon 5N, the player-designed Champion mech that sports a 10 percent XP boost. Players eager to get their hands around its controls can hop into a trial version of the 5N before purchasing. The update also adds new Lances and Lance Commanders who can issue orders within larger groups of mechs. Each Team Commander issues commands to both Lances with the press of a button. Newman writes that players can use these features to "coordinate your team and dominate the battlefield." Polygon spoke with...
MechWarrior Online leaves beta 'late summer,' adding guild and faction combat, 12v12 battles and new UI
By Christopher Grant on Mar 29, 2013 03.29.13
"We do have a launch date, or at least a fairly defined launch window, and that is late summer," Piranha Games president and cofounder Russ Bullock told Polygon of his studio's free-to-play title, MechWarrior Online. The game is currently in an open beta, so the release of version 1.0 is as much a marketing milestone as a software milestone. "Of course between here and late summer, we'll have countless updates to the game but there are three in particular that I want to talk about," he said. The first is the match sizes. "Right now the game is 8 versus 8, so you have eight mechs per side," he said. "But in the next 60 days, roughly, we'll be going to 12 versus 12. So you'll have a full company of BattleMechs, which is BattleTech nerd talk for 12 mechs." The second is what Piranha is...
By Tracey Lien on Feb 22, 2013 02.22.13
MechWarrior Online's latest content and map update is now live, with the new Alphine Peaks map being the largest in the game to date with mountains, hills, vertical and horizontal fireflights and the opportunity to use long-range weapons. In addition to the new map, the action simulation game is also receiving five versions of the Trebuchet, all of which can be viewed here along with their basic stats. The content update also features Phase 3 of MatchMaking, which will create balanced matches based on the skills and Mech classes of the players involved. MechWarrior Online is free-to-play now. For this weekend only, all Founders' Mechs will generate an additional 25 percent C-Bills (the primary currency in the game) while Hero Mechs will generate an additional 20 percent C-Bills.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 06, 2013 02.06.13
The next update for free-to-play MMO MechWarrior Online, scheduled for Feb. 19, will introduce the next phase of its matchmaking system as well as tweak cosmetic item purchases, Piranha Games' creative director Bryan Ekman announced on the game's official website. Phase 3 of matching will go live "behind the scenes" on Feb. 5 so Piranha can run final testing. MechWarrior's current matchmaking system will turn over to the new system on Feb. 19, provided there are no major technical issues. The update will also place the mech Upgrades Tab into the Loadout section, allowing players to preview the effects of certain armor and upgrades before committing to a purchase. Beginning Feb. 5, players can also permanently unlock patterns and colors for their mechs. Piranha will begin the process...
By Tracey Lien on Jan 16, 2013 01.16.13
Piranha Games released a Spider Mech in MechWarrior Online today that players can test out now or use in a double XP event taking place this weekend. The Spider Mech is the latest Light Mech to be added to the MechWarrior Online store. It boasts eight jumpjets, unmatched turning radius and is one of the quickest mechs in the game. The Spider Mech is available now and players will be able to earn double XP with it this weekend. The three-day double XP gaming event, which runs from Friday Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, will give players the opportunity to earn double XP over the course of the weekend. The event will kick off at 1 p.m. ET on the Friday and conclude at 1 p.m. ET on Monday. Content updates are also expected between now and Jan. 22, with details of the upcoming content viewable here.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Oct 28, 2012 10.28.12
MechWarrior Online, Piranha Games' free-to-play action title, will commence its open beta tomorrow, Oct. 29, the company announced. The beta was originally set for Oct. 16, but Piranha pushed the date back due to problems expressed by beta testers at the time. Lag issues, match making and general tweaks were a few of the issues addressed. MechWarrior Online is set in the year 3049, when interstellar war is just beginning to take hold. Players customize and command mechs in battle. An official release date has not been announced, although the game is slated to launch exclusively for PC in 2012.
By Griffin McElroy on Oct 16, 2012 10.16.12
MechWarrior Online's Founder's Program, a pre-order promotion which granted exclusive mechs and other bonuses for purchasers of the still-in-development title, has raised $5 million for the title, developer Piranha Games announced today. The promotion, which concluded October 14th, allows users to choose between three tiers of pre-orders — a $30 "Veteran" package, a $60 "Elite" package, and a $120 "Legendary" package — to unlock increasing amounts of in-game currency and exclusive mechs for when the game launches. "The Founders are helping us fund, develop and support the game in order to deliver the best online gaming experience," said Kelly Zmak, president of MechWarrior Online publisher Infinite Game Publishing. "The tremendous success of the MechWarrior Online Founder's...