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Mechwarrior Online Launches On Steam With New ‘Faction Play’ Feature

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

So here’s a game we haven’t written about in a few yearsMechwarrior: Online. The game recently made it’s debut in Steam’s free-to-play section and to celebrate the developers have released a brand new trailer as well as the “Factions Play” update. Whether you’re new to the game or a returning veteran pilot here’s a bit of a brief overview about how Mechwarrior: Online works.

Mechwarrior Online bills itself as a “tactical online shooter” – this means that you’ll be playing with & against other players online in a number of different modes. All six currently available game modes are available for free, but if you’re looking to gain new Mechs, custom paint jobs or other limited edition items then the game also offers an in-game cash shop.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the game’s six game modes, two of which were added with the recent “Factions” update:

  • Skirmish: Player Vs. Player with the objective of eliminating the enemy team.
  • Assault: Capture the enemy base (or) Destroy opposing team entirely
  • Conquest: Be the first to collect 750 points (or) Possess the most points when time expires (or) Destroy the opposing team
  • Invasion (Faction Play): Defenders must defend the Space Defense Station, Attackers must destroy the Space Defense Station. Either team may eliminate the other team to secure a victory
  • Invasion Counter Attack (Faction Play): Attackers must eliminate the enemy team and their Space Defense Station. Defenders must survive until the timer runs out or until the Attackers are all destroyed.

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When players first hop into the game they are given a “trial mech” which is a pre-determined configuration which allow you to adjust to the game’s controls and game types. When you first sign up you’re also awarded a “Cadet Bonus” which increases the amount of in-game credits you’ll earn. Like many other free-to-play games you’ll have to play quite a bit to earn cash to get some good gear, thankfully the community has written lengthy guides for new players who don’t want to shell out any real world cash. Some of the mechs can get quite expensive – after looking through the prices available on their official websites they appear to start at about $17 USD – so the same price as subscribing to your average MMO for a month.

The brand new factions mode attempts to relive some of the cooler things about the older BattleTech games like Mechwarrior 2 – the different factions and how they relate to one another. You have the choice of joining either The Great House of the Inner Sphere or The Invading Clans and must work with others in your same faction to either occupy new territory or defend planets that are vital to your factions survival.

To celebrate the launch of Factions Mode the devs will be hosting a live stream at 5 PST which you can watch below. Also make sure to check out the game’s official Steam Page.


    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel: Core i5-3470 @ 3.20 GHz / AMD: FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 660 / AMD: Radeon HD 7870
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 16 GB available space

Watch live video from PiranhaGames on www.twitch.tv


Mechwarrior online is coming to steam.

Posted on November 14, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

We haven’t had a good Mechwarrior game in a very long while. The current form of the much beloved 90s game franchise where you take control of a giant mech and shoot at other mechs in the sci-fi universe of Battle Tech, exists only in a multiplayer online only, free-to-play format.  Mechwarrior online is that Mechwarror game that people love to hate, its full of micro transactions, caters heavily to harder core players, and has a small but dedicated community of players who keep it running. So its a surprise when this week the games developer Piranha Games have announced that the game will be released on steam in December. Here’s Piranha Games announcing the move on its site, while noting that there’s a a contest going on in Vancouver to celebrate it in, which 50 people will be able to win tickets, and air fare.

Will this help or hurt a game thats heavily centered on micro-transctions? It will at the very least likley grow the player base, which is never a bad thing. For my money I prefer my mech action to be in Hawken, but as this game is much more in depth and in one of my favorite sci-fi universes of all time, I will probably at least give it a look.


MechWarrior Online Sets Sight On Open Beta

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Piranha Games’ free to play take on the MechWarrior franchise entered open beta yesterday. Announced by publisher Infinite Game Publishing, anyone can register on the Mechwarrior Online site and begin downloading the client right away. Free mech based combat? Sign us up!

MechWarrior being a free to play game means of course that certain features, weapons and mechs are locked for paying members only. Founders also get additional XP, $50 of in game currency and the founders’ exclusive Jenner mech.

The beta was expected to begin a little earlier, and IGP has released a statement apologizing for the brief delay. Read it after the jump, or ya know sign up for the game and start blasting stuff away!

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MechWarrior Online Profile: The Jenner

Posted on July 25, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

A brand new Mech for the upcoming Free to Play title MechWarrior Online today. The Jenner JR7 mech is a lightweight , speedy,, jump-jet enabled mech that is armed with dual light missile launchers and a laser cannon. We’ve got an official description from the developers below, as well as a series of official stats and a explosive new trailer.Read More


MechWarrior Online Community Day and Centurion Mech Announced

Posted on July 19, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

Mechwarrior Online Developers Piranha Games have been very busy this week. First, they released a video showcasing the upcoming free-to-play game’s latest Mech, the Centurion. This medium sized Mech is sort of like the T-34 of Mechs, boasting a good mix of speed, armor, and firepower. You can watch the video with some pretty gameplay footage below.

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Additionally, Piranha games, Nvidia, and Infinite Game Publishing (the publisher of Mechwarrior online),  are hosting a MechWarrior Online Community Day in Santa Clara, California at 5 p.m. on July 27th. The event, an invitation only affair, will let the chosen few join the developers for drunken debauchery, beer, pizza, and some Mechwarrior Online lanning. There will be a tournament, prizes, and chances to play around with unrevealed Mechs as well as the newfangled Razer Blade laptop. Read on to see how you can score an invite to this event.

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Mechwarrior Online Launches Founder’s Packages

Posted on June 21, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

The MechWarrior franchise has heated up recently. From fans creating the Crysis modification Living Legends a few years ago to the upcoming Free to Play action title MechWarrior Online coming to windows PC later this summer it is a great time to be a mech fan.

Developer Piranha Games have released three different tiers of founders packages for those looking to gain early access to the game. Not only will pilots who are willing to fork over a little of their cash be able to access the game early but they’ll also get a special title, a few months of premium access and in game currency.

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Mechwarrior Online Closed Beta Begins

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

The closed Beta for Mechwarrior Online, the upcoming free to play action MMO set in the Mechwarrior/Battletech Universe, begins this week. People interested in tromping about a beautiful landscape (courtesy of CryENGINE 3) in 100 ton bipedal war machines can sign up for the beta here.

Additionally, while Mechwarrior Online is free to play, Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing have released details on two paid “founder’s packages,” collectively dubbed OPERATION INCEPTION, that will guarantee early access to the game. Other perks included faster XP gain, an exclusive custom Mech, and a “Founder’s Tag” in game.

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New Screens, Gameplay Video For MechWarrior Online

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Piranha Games has released a new gameplay teaser for their upcoming multiuplayer PC title MechWarrior Online, as well as sending along some screen shots showcasing the Mech Lab feature. The Mech Lab is where you will manage and customize your walking death machines in between matches, adjusting their weapon loadouts, defenses, and more.

Check out the new media after the jump!

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