New Mechwarrior for PC under way
The popular Battletech based Mechwarrior is coming back to the PC. A new game of the franchise is in an early state of development.
It has been seven years since the last Mechwarrior game has been released on the PC. But now the fans of the Battletech universe can rejoice. Smith and Tinker and Piranha Games are developing Mechwarrior. This game is supposed to become a full reboot of the series. It is no coincident that the new Mechwarrior game has been announced at this time since the 25th anniversary of Battletech is at hand.
With Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries the last MW game hit the PC back in 2002. Mechassault 2: Lone Wolf (2004) and Mechassault: Phantom War (2006) were released for the Xbox respectively the Nintendo DS only. Since then it had gone a little quiet around video gaming realizations and fans had to do with what they got. But as PC Games Hardware has already tested even a maxed out Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries is far beyond the current visual quality standards. The graphics of the new Mechwarrior are definitely better than that since it is based on the Unreal Engine 3.
Jordan Weisman, who had been one of the minds behind Battletech and is also cofounder of Smith and Tinker, and Russ Bullock of Piranha Games have been interviewed by IGN and delivered some interesting insights into the current state of development. They for example revealed that they would like to integrate a co-op campaign. But of course this and many other things have to be sorted out with any possible publisher - there hasn't been a publishing contract signed yet. Furthermore it has been confirmed that Mechwarrior is developed for the PC and the Xbox 360. It is also an idea to have players of the two platforms share a combined multiplayer part, like it has been the case in Shadowrun.
All this might cheer up the fans of Mechwarrior. That the franchise has still a lot of fans, is proven by the ongoing project Mechwarrior: Living Legends, a fan created total conversion for Crysis that is currently in development. Another big gimmick for Mechwarrior enthusiasts is the announcement that Mektek.net will offer Mechwarrior 4 and al the expansions for the game as a free download.
The guys at IGN also have analyzed the Mechwarrior trailer. In the video below you can see what they got from the clip.
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