Something to look forward to: After reviving the long-running MechWarrior franchise, Piranha Games has no intention of letting the series go dormant again. The developer is working on another part similar to his latest release, MechWarrior 5. However, be patient. There are few details, and we probably won’t see it for a while.
This week, Piranha Games president Russ Bullock announced that another MechWarrior game is in development. The new project will be more like a single-player MechWarrior 5 than a multi-user MechWarrior Online.
Bullock confirmed the new name in an episode of the podcast No Guts No Galaxy. He said that the game will be a separate release for PC and consoles with an emphasis on single and cooperative modes. It will be based on the MechWarrior 5 technology base, although Bullock did not specify what this means.
Despite the disclosure of the development of a new game, Piranha has not officially announced it yet. Bullock suggested that the company will introduce the game sometime this year, perhaps in September or later in the fall.
A series of combat robot shooter simulators debuted as the 1989 MechWarrior from Dynamix and Activision, a spin-off of the BattleTech tabletop franchise. IP continued with other entries from Activision, Zipper Interactive, and Microsoft before entering a ten-year hiatus after 2002’s MechWarrior4: Vengeance. Unfortunately, these names are not available in modern digital stores. Those who are interested in reviewing or researching the history of the game will have to download them from unofficial sources and use mods to run on modern operating systems.
MechWarrior returned to Piranha Games with the PvP-focused MechWarrior Online platform in 2013. In 2019, the company released MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries — the first traditional game in 17 years — exclusively in the Epic Games Store, and two years later moved it to Steam.
Since then, MechWarrior 5 has received three expansion packs, and the fourth — Rise of Rasalhague — will be released on January 26. The expansion will coincide with a free update that will improve the AI and the mech hangar, as well as improve the quality of life. Rise of Rasalhague includes a storyline of 12 missions, a new mechanical chassis and a game mode “Penetration”.
The BattleTech franchise also includes the turn-based strategy games Crescent Hawk’s Inception (1988) and Crescent Hawk’s Revenge (1990). In 2018, Hairbrained Schemes released a new turn-based game called BattleTech.