Mechwarrior Returns as Free Online Game

It has been a long time coming, but the Battletech video game series Mechwarrior finally has a new game announced!

Scheduled to launch in the second half of 2012, Mechwarrior Online will be a PC exclusive free-to-play online title featuring 4 player “lances” of mechs battling it out in dense urban environments.

Details are scarce (not even a screenshot yet), but PC Gamer is reporting that the game will feature the familiar first person viewpoint (as opposed to Mech Assault’s 3rd person views) with joystick support being a “strong possibility”. The setting has been confirmed as the beloved 3050 time frame of the Battletech universe, taking place just before the Clan invasions.

The official site is now live where you can register and reserve your pilot’s name now at http://mwomercs.com/

Update: Looks like it will be powered by the Crysis 2 engine!

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