Mechwarrior Online now has gold plated mechs. They’ll set you back $500

Mechwarrior Online Piranha Games

Piranha may be asking a bit much with their latest sell in the free-to-play Mechwarrior Online. The new prestige item is a set of gold plated mechs. Eight of them are on sale and they’ll set you back $500 each.

That’s a lot of money for a mech skin.

The gold plated mechs went on sale with the Clan Collection. The collection is a set of mechs which are due for release by 17 June 2014.

The new mechs are:

  • Warhawk

  • Timberwolf (AKA the Mad Cat)

  • Stormcrow

  • Adder

  • Dire Wolf

  • Summoner

  • Nova

  • Kit Fox

Unfortunately, Piranha aren’t letting you simply buy the individual mechs you want. Instead, they’re offering a variety of packs which include different bundles of the mechs. These bundles range from $30 to $240. The cheaper bundles include the least popular mechs so you have to spend a lot of money to get the famous mechs like the Warhawk and Timberwolf.

Except for the gold plated machines, that is. Those specialised mechs are on sale separately.

So, if you wanted every clan mech and all its variants you would need to spend $240 for the top tier bundle and a further $4,000 to get each of the gold plated editions.

You’re not just buying the mech skin, though. You also get a unique bonus module. The module’s being kept secret for now but if it’s anything too good then it would give those with a larger wallet an advantage over poorer players.

The response on the MWO forums has been less than enthusiastic:

“My mind is torn asunder,” writes Lt XKalibur. “On one hand I see some of the greatest representations of clan mechs I’ve ever seen (timber wolf, summoner, adder and uller are to die for), but on the other hand no wallet can repel a price tag of that magnitude! On one hand I want this game to succeed, but where’s the content I keep hearing about? I’ve seen glimpses of UI 2.0, I know that to be real, but where is my CW [Community Warfare]?”

“The thing is, gold plated mechs,” complains Wintersdark. “.. Its… Its the first truely indefensible thing they’ve done. I mean, really, could it have it any more crass? Gold plated? Really PGI? Really?”

Hopefully we’ll see a few big updates to the game between now and the mechs’ release in June. The game’s hit its full release but it’s still lacking features like the whispered about Community Warfare. If Piranha continue pushing out new mech variants instead of developing the game then they may find their audience moves elsewhere. That would be a great shame because the game of Mechwarrior Online’s core is excellent fun.

Update: Due to me being uninformed and silly I originally called ‘Community Warfare’ ‘Clan Wars’, mixing up a promised feature of Mechwarrior Online for part of Battletech’s lore. I also said the Timberwolf was a variant of a Mad Cat. In fact, they’re both names for the same mech.

Cheers to those who pointed this out to me in the comments.