Monday, May 28, 2012

Mechwarrior: Online Enters Closed Beta

The future of the Mechwarrior franchise has always been a little shaky and unclear.  A few years ago a trailer for Mechwarrior 5 surface and had a huge amount of people overcome with joy. After said trailer, however, information could hardly be confirmed and nothing was certain on the what and what of the game.  Enter Piranha Games and the confirmed development of Mechwarrior Online (teaser here).

The good news of Mechwarrior Online? It uses the always awesome CryENGINE 3 engine, it's being developed with the mind of a pure multiplayer experience, and it's going to be free-to-play.  The bad news? You can't play it right now.  Mechwarrior Online has just entered into a closed beta that is unfortunately only available to residents of North America.

To make things a little more interesting for the game launch, Piranha has also announced that players can spend extra money to get early access to game content. Starting on June 19th, pre-orders for the Elite Founders and Veteran Founders packages will be available at the respective prices of $60 and $30.  The Elite Founders package will include $80 of in-game currency, available access to premium services for 2 months, and a custom BattleMech only available to Elite Founders.  The Veteran Founders package will include $40 of in-game currency, access to premium services for 1 month, and other stuff that's not yet announced.  Both Founders packages will also include early access to the game upon its official launch, which is set to be July 17th of this year.
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