No, it’s not 1996. But wouldn’t it be nice to pretend?
While everyone was preoccupied with the giant dose of nostalgia coming out of the PlayStation Experience event, there was another convention going on: Mech_Con 2016. Now while people might be familiar with the BATTLETECH single-player game being made by the creator of MechWarrior, it’s not actually a new MechWarrior game.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, however, very much is.
There’s not a great deal to the footage, even though it carries on for a while. The good news is in the detail. Piranha Games, which also has a live team working on MechWarrior Online, are concentrating on a single-player campaign for MechWarrior 5.
It’s not due for release until 2018, which is nice considering the last time MechWarrior 5 was teased it ended up running into legal trouble. The MechWarrior trailer, which you can still watch on YouTube, resulted in Harmony Gold sending IGN a cease and desist letter over “the use of certain trademarked figures from the Robotech/Macross universe”.
The co-founder of Piranha Games, Bryan Ekman, tweeted a couple of years later that there was “no legal battle” and that “Harmony Gold has nothing to do with any delays” to MechWarrior 5. That same year, Piranha Games acquired the rights to the MechWarrior series and MechWarrior Online was officially released in 2013.
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