Mechwarrior Mercenaries 5: Single player inside!

Announced at MechCon 2016, Piranha Games is taking MechWarrior back to its singleplayer roots with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. Slated for a 2018 release, Piranha Games president Russ Bullock took the stage to reveal the first footage of MechWarrior 5, which is being developed using Unreal Engine 4. You can watch that demo in the video above and head over to for more info.

Though details are scarce, what we do know is that MechWarrior 5 is a completely standalone singleplayer game being developed by Piranha Games using a separate team than the one currently supporting MechWarrior Online, its multiplayer-only CryEngine game that went into open beta in 2012. MechWarrior 5 will feature “intense PvE ‘Mech combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice.”

This is super exciting! MW2: Mercenaries is my favorite of all the Mechwarrior games, so I hope they don’t fuck this up.

Thread title really confused me.

Me too. Thought this was the old Pandemic series, got excited for a second. I’d kill to go on a new rampage with Matthias again.

That’s it because it’s too early here, I just had woken up and haven’t eat breakfast :P.


This looks great, though I am much more excited for the Battletech strategy game thats coming next year. Running around shooting mechs is fun, but I’ve been very impressed with Harebrained Studios Shadowrun games and am excited to see their take on the Battletech universe. Piranha, on the other hand, has been a mixed bag with Mechwarrior Online.

I am much in the same boat. I prefer Battletech as a strategy game over an action game. A well played game of Battletech is akin to playing a complex chess match and understanding both you and your opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.

I am also the same geek who recently purchased many older Battletech manuals including a full set of the House Books on Ebay.

I’m not getting excited until I know it’s more like Mechwarrior 3 than Mechwarrior 4.

I’m not getting excited until it’s released, although I’m cautiously optimistic. Piranha Games is okay at making reasonably good stompy mech combat, but they’re terrible at making a game where you feel like you’re making progress. (I did the math somewhere. In MW: Online, if you want one mech of each type with the skills properly maxed—like you need to be fully combat effective—it’ll take you about 1200 games and 9-12 different mechs total.)

So I take it the base game is going to come with the Osiris and you’ll have to pay $4.99 for each additional chassis?

There are very few games I want to see more than Mechwarrior 5, but I can’t help but temper my expectations.

During the reveal Russ of Piranah Games said that it is planned as a single item purchase and not a micro transaction one.

i am cautiously optimistic.

I’ve been looking for a singleplayer mech game for a while now but haven’t found anything that was anywhere near modern.

As long as it is decent, i will probably get it.

Me too. When MW:O was announced I said that you’d have to try really hard to make a mech game I won’t play, but it turns out I really underestimated Piranha.

Hopefully they improve to .500 with this one.

Piranha is going to fuck this up. Their mismanagement and outright fleecing in MWO is legendary even in hell.

Harebrained’s TBS is going to be the One True 'mech game.

Good lord so true.

Bought that too, but i personally am looking for a high graphics mech sim i can use my joystick on.

Looks cheap (because it probably is) and glacially paced. I hope starting her up is a bit quicker than that each time. Or at least if it’s going to be slow, let me flip some switches or something, give me some rivets to count. :)

That aside, there’s currently a world shortage on Giant Robot Driving Simulators so I’ll buy this - after reading the reviews. Fingers crossed for VR support.

Yeah, I’m a huge BT fan but MW:O just never could get its hooks into me. I haven’t played it in a year and I still have thousands of whatever of their premium credit things are floating around.

MWO was not a bad game, it was the lag and price structure that stopped me from playing it much. I can’t wait for the TBS too but one of my fav games ever was MW4: Mercenaries, I am so happy to hear the news and will probably preorder whatever happens.

It’s a good day.

Nah, Piranha is pretty grossly incompetent. They aren’t getting any more of my money.