MechWarrior Online

PC, XB360 / Action / Release: Sep 17, 2013 / ESRB: U

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MechWarrior Online now rocking 12v12

MechWarrior Online now rocking 12v12

If 16 robots stomping around the battlefield is a barrel of laughs, just imagine how much fun 24 is. MechWarrior Online had hoped for a long time that it'd be able to support 12v12 matches, but ran at 8v8 for most of its beta. With the official launch only six weeks away, the free-to-play robomash finally now lets 24 players throw down.

Watch: A 24-mech murderfest trailer »

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MechWarrior Online to officially launch September 17

MechWarrior Online to officially launch September 17

Piranha Games announced the official release date for MechWarrior Online today. After a lengthy beta test, it will launch version 1.0 on September 17. This came alongside a few new mechs joining the fray in the currently running beta.

Watch: Dragon Slayer Hero mech in action »

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MechWarrior Online to launch in 'late summer'

MechWarrior Online to launch in 'late summer'

Developer Piranha Games has been releasing regular updates for MechWarrior Online since the game went into open beta in late October. But now, Shacknews has learned of three new features that will be rolling out leading up to the game's official release late this summer.

Read more: 12v12 matches coming in 60-90 days »

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MechWarrior Online updates with Death's Knell, Bitching Betty

MechWarrior Online updates with Death's Knell, Bitching Betty

MechWarrior Online has updated with a familiar sound cue from the classic games, and a newly available Death's Knell mech in the MWO store. The "Bitching Betty" start-up sequence from the original games joins the female cockpit voice added to the game late last year to help replicate the experience for old-timers.

Read more: Death's Knell comes with money boost »

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MechWarrior Online double XP weekend incoming

MechWarrior Online double XP weekend incoming

You're stomping around merrily in MechWarrior Online's new Spider mech, jumpjetting away and running circles around slower mechs, what could be better? Well, double XP wouldn't be bad. As luck would have it, the free-to-play mech 'em up is doubling all XP earned this weekend, jolting players further along their tech trees.

Read more: Runs for three full days »

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MechWarrior Online introduces capture-and-hold mode

MechWarrior Online introduces capture-and-hold mode

Free-to-play stompy robot sim MechWarrior Online is bolstered with a new mode today, Conquest. It seems to be your standard competitive team-based capture-and-hold mode, only with, you know, giant stompy robots. Lovely jubbly.

Read more: Patch adds a new mech too »

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MechWarrior Online patch adds paintjobs

MechWarrior Online patch adds paintjobs

Sure, stomping around inside a storeys-high robot is pretty good, but wouldn't painting a storeys-high robot pretty colours be even more fun? Robot fanciers rejoice, for MechWarrior Online's latest patch added the ability to customise your pretty metal toys, if you can live with your lovelies being dinged and damaged out on the battlefield.

Read more: MW2 computer voice returns too »

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MechWarrior Online open beta on again for Monday

MechWarrior Online open beta on again for Monday

The on then off open beta for MechWarrior Online is finally on again, this time slated for Monday. Hopefully, developer Piranha Games has fixed the stability issues that will have delayed it for almost two weeks.

Read more: Improved matchmaking and balance tweaks »

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MechWarrior Online sales pass $5 million before launch

MechWarrior Online sales pass $5 million before launch

Though MechWarrior Online will be free-to-play when it launches, players have already coughed up more than $5 million to play the beta version through its Founder's Program. Things are looking good for the stompy robot sim, then, and publisher Infinite Game Publishing is pretty excited about its slate of "premium" free-to-play games.

Read more: High hopes for MechWarrior Tactics and Sins of a Dark Age »

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MechWarrior Online open beta delayed

MechWarrior Online open beta delayed

Good little MechWarrior that you are, you're may be reading this from your repurposed fighter jet seat, headset atop your melon, dual joysticks in hand and pedals underfoot, eagerly waiting for MechWarrior Online's open beta to launch today. Ah. Problem. You've clearly missed, as we did, developer Piranha's announcement on Friday that it has delayed the open beta to whip the stompy robot sim into better shape.

Read more: No new date set yet »

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MechWarrior Online open beta begins October 16

MechWarrior Online open beta begins October 16

If you haven't been one of the lucky ones honing their mech skills in preparation for the launch of MechWarrior Online later this year, then you'll want to jump into the open beta when it kicks off October 16.

Read more: Founders Program ends October 14 »

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MechWarrior Online preview

MechWarrior Online preview

Years and years ago, MW2 didn't automatically translate into "Modern Warfare 2"; PC gamers were using that shorthand to refer to the fine giant robot action-sim MechWarrior 2. While I didn't devour the lore to name all the Clans or the five Houses within the Inner Sphere, I did spend a lot of time alternating between TIE Fighter and MechWarrior 2 (especially MW2: Mercenaries).

Besides the slick opening cinematics that had mechs jump-jetting around each other or Kodiaks hiding in the snow, the MechWarrior series struck a great balance between simulation and action. As much as I respected the like of Jane's Combat Simulations, I confess that it was easier for me to manage a giant robot brimming with autocannons and particle projector cannons (PPCs) than to try to fly an F-15 or an AH-64 Apache.

A few matches of MechWarrior Online at a community event last week prompted the above reminiscing. While I generally associate the phrase "free to play shooter" with Counter-Strike knockoffs, I found myself pleasantly surprised at how this free to play shooter managed to conjure up memories. I had to unlearn a lot of habits that modern first person games instilled in me, and remembered what the heck I did in the mid-'90s.

Read more: A giant tank with legs »

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MechWarrior Online heats up in Caustic Valley

MechWarrior Online heats up in Caustic Valley

Just as MechWarrior Online boasts an icy map where the cold messes with your mech, so it's also getting a roasty-toasty level with hazardous heat. A gold star to all of you who guessed this one. Developer Piranha Games is showing the free-to-play PC mech sim's latest level, Caustic Valley, off in a new trailer.

Watch: It's getting hot in here, so take off all your sinks »

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MechWarrior Online trailer visits the Frozen City

MechWarrior Online trailer visits the Frozen City

One of the perks of being a mech pilot is travelling the galaxy and visiting many planets, seeing the sights and taking in the culture before loading up your missiles and heading off to explode men. Add a pin for Frozen City to that big map on your bedroom wall, as MechWarrior Online developer Piranha Games has revealed the icy environment and its chilling effects on combat.

Watch: Mechs stomping around Frozen City »

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MechWarrior Online early access program detailed

MechWarrior Online early access program detailed

MechWarrior Online is beginning its closed beta this week, and developer Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing have announced a "founder's program" to give eager players early access to the game.

The founder's program is being called "Operation Inception," and it will go on sale June 19. Players can buy one of two tiers of early access, which will grant separate rewards. The $30 Veteran Founder's Package gives you $40 of in-game currency, a one-month premium membership for bonus XP and C-Bills, a Founder's Tag to set you apart, and early access to the game and Founder's assets on July 17.

Read more: What comes with the Elite package »

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