Hello! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Here's two bits of news to spice up your Monday: we have a release date for Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries, which supports up to four-player co-op.
The new footage of the game came out at this year's MechCon 2018, where all things giant robot (but predominately around BattleTech, Mechwarrior Online, and now MW5) are celebrated.
First off, let's start with the new MechWarrior 5 trailer. The game itself will launch on September 10, 2019, according to PC Gamer.
Now here's the fun part. For those who attended MechCon this year, which most Australians wouldn't have - it's in Vancouver, Canada - people would have had the chance to jump into a custom-built mecha cockpit, complete with rumble chairs, 4K screens and a HOTAS setup. It's not quite the Star Wars: Battle Pod experience you might have seen at the arcades, but still it helped show off the game's four-player co-op mode.
You can see how some of the co-op mode in the Twitch stream below (skip to 4 hours, 57 minutes). PC Gamer noted that all matches are hosted on a peer-to-peer connection, and while you can play the single-player campaign in co-op, only the host will get any mission progress.
It's already been a good year for managing mechs with BattleTech, which just had its first major expansion drop recently. Hopefully Mechwarrior 5 continues that trend. The delay has certainly done the game a world of good.