MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries delayed to next year

MechWarrior 5

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries has been delayed into 2019, with a specific launch date to be announced at MechCon on December 1. The game had previously been scheduled to launch in that month.

The length of the delay, and of the wait until an exact release date, is so that the dev team can be “as accurate with [its] estimations as possible and avoid further delays.”

The news comes via Russ Bullock, president of developer Piranha Games, who made the announcement on Twitter. The game will be “the first single-player experience MechWarrior title released since 2002, and we are well aware of the responsibility and great opportunity we have in reintroducing MechWarrior to the world,” Bullock says. The extra time will, naturally, be dedicated to releasing “the best product possible.”

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Bullock promises a more robust demo of the game at MechCon, if you should happen to be attending (it’s in Vancouver, which is a lovely place). More details are available at the website.

MechWarrior is based on BattleTech, a tabletop wargame first released in 1984. MechWarrior began as a tabletop RPG spin-off, before getting a videogame adaptation in 1989, which spawned several excellent sequels.

The whole franchise has just received a new lease of life with the release of rather excellent BattleTech, a turn-based tactics game based on the original wargame. Here’s hoping the return of MechWarrior is equally successful.