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.

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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.

According to Piranha president Russ Bullock, the maximum size of matches will increase from the two-lance 8v8 to three-lance 12v12, with a planned rollout in 60-90 days. In addition, coming in June or July, UI 2.0 will be released, making it less cumbersome for newer players.

Finally, Community Warfare will be phased in beginning June or July as well. The first phase will offer players the ability to join a faction, the second phase will allow fighting as a faction, and the final phase will allow those factions to fight for territory.

Creative director Bryan Ekman also said that the team is exploring the idea of pirate-type of Lone Wolf that doesn't care for either faction and thoroughly enjoys gaining glory from harassing both.

When pressed about narrowing the "late summer" release date, Bullock said that it would probably be between August 21 to September 21.

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    March 29, 2013 8:00 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, 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.

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      March 29, 2013 8:16 AM

      Have we discussed what the majority vote for our little Shacknews group is going to roll with come faction time?

      I vote Steiner but I'm down with anything really. You guys (and gals) are awesome to stomp around with, thanks for all the GG's and looking forward to many many more!

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      March 29, 2013 8:37 AM

      Is this going to be the official post for Mechwarrior today?

      ISN NEWS FLASH: Thur. Mar. 29, 3050: Commander Quazar killed Ribos "The Snake Wang" with 4000 rounds of machine gun fire in an intense battle.

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        March 29, 2013 12:06 PM

        Umm dude, is the day wrong or the date? Or are you just a 'tard? Also DD (o)(o) now challenges the WANG 8=======D~~~~~~~~~~~~

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          March 29, 2013 12:38 PM

          Again, the revelation that you were a sailor, was not revelatory.

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      March 29, 2013 11:10 AM

      that is surprising to say in the least, considering how slow progress has been

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        March 29, 2013 12:21 PM

        I suspect that the removal of the repair and rearm costs significantly impacted their plans. With no money sink, they probably needed to rework their economic models for the community warfare.