Eager pilots from around the world are converging on Vancouver on December 9th to play, compete or witness the MechWarrior Online World Championships at this year’s Mech_Con, and Piranha Games revealed fans at Mech_Con will get the first crack at the upcoming and highly-anticipated MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. The long-awaited and first standalone single player MechWarrior title will be playable for the first time in public at the event. The just-launched Mech_Con 2017 website is live as of today https://mechwarrior.com/mechcon and fans can grab tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mech-con-2017-vancouver-bc-tickets-34484216219 .
Mech_Con is a special one-day event dedicated to the celebration of BattleTech and MechWarrior and is hosted by Piranha Games. The event features fellow MechWarrior and BattleTech creators and developers Harebrained Schemes and Catalyst Game Labs, and attendees can participate in panels, Q&A’s, 1v1 MechWarrior Online matches, win prizes and giveaways throughout the day, and more. This year’s event will be held at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel and Ballroom in Vancouver, and the just-launched Mech_Con website hosts the event’s schedule, travel and booking details and more.
Also home of the MechWarrior Online World Championships, fans attending Mech_Con in person and watching on Twitch from around the world have a chance to see which team will be crowned World Champions as they compete for the lion’s share of a cash prize pool. Last year’s inaugural tournament saw EmpyreaL, the North American MechWarrior Online team, lay waste to the competition and take home the title. More than 1,224 pilots from around the world entered the MechWarrior Online World Championship tournament, and the Regional Qualifying phase for 2017 is already underway.
This year, attending fans can also get the jump on the first impressions for the upcoming MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and be among the first to hear announcements and reveals in store for the title. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will feature intense PvE ‘Mech combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice. Featuring an advancing timeline starting in the year 3015, players will adopt the role of a green MechWarrior mercenary thrust into combat as the Third Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere, the vast region of colonized space surrounding Earth. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only require skill on the battlefield, but in the maintenance and enhancement of your BattleMechs.
Set for release in 2018, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is under development by a dedicated and separate development team at Piranha Games using Unreal Engine 4. MechWarrior Online, Piranha’s existing F2P multiplayer-focused tactical ‘Mech combat game (built with CryEngine) will continue its ongoing live development by the MWO team at Piranha.