Sci-fi has always been fascinated with people in huge suits of robotic armor leading battles in the far future. The BattleTech franchise and its games have allowed us to experience that since 1984. What started as board games turned into a gaming franchise and has since released amazing titles like the MechWarrior series.
In these games, players take control of BattleMechs and fight in the far future from a first-person or third-person perspective. However, we have only got one MechWarrior single-player game in 21 years, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. According to Piranha Games president, that will be changing soon as a standalone single-player game is in development.
- A new single-player standalone title in the MechWarrior franchise is in development according to Piranha Games President Russ Bullock.
- The reveal of this title is not until at least spring 2023, but it won’t be an online title.
- Every platform including consoles and PC will be able to play this upcoming title.
While talking on the NoGutsNoGalaxy podcast, the president of Piranha Games Russ Bullock informed us of this. In the interview, he says that a standalone title taking place in the MechWarrior series is currently in development. And most importantly, it will be single-player and not multiplayer.
It’s only been a decade or so since Piranha Games started making MechWarrior games. The first title in the franchise from Piranha was in 2013 with MechWarrior Online. Since then the studio has only come out with one another game in the series, MechWarrior 5 in 2019.
Bullock expressed gratitude for this opportunity to work on the franchise for so long. He said it is a bit surprising to develop MechWarrior games for so long but it is great. The full quote goes:
We’re still working on MechWarrior, which has been somewhat surprising to me, that we’ve been able to work on it this long, which is great.”
Following this, Russ Bullock talked about the upcoming DLC for MechWarrior 5 and dropped the big bomb. He said the 4th DLC of the 5th mainline game is coming out soon. But that’s not all, they are also developing another game in the franchise:
Everyone knows we have DLC 4 coming out for MechWarrior 5, and there is another MechWarrior game in development at Piranha.”
Bullock clarified the nature of this upcoming MechWarrior game. In the podcast, he said that it will not be a sequel to MechWarrior Online but a different game. This one won’t be an online title with PvP elements.
Further explaining his comments, the Piranha Games president said this game will be more in line with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. It will be a single-player game but with one key difference; it will be standalone. Hence, we are getting a single-player title. However, it won’t be a MechWarrior 6.
It’s not MechWarrior Online 2, it’s not the successor to MechWarrior Online, it’s not an online PvP [game]. Think of it more in line with MechWarrior 5, but a standalone game, a standalone product.”
That is all we are getting for now, as the game is still far away from a reveal. Russ Bullock said that it will be announced at a later date, and he doesn’t know exactly when that will be. He did say it will be somewhere in 2023, but was unsure if it will be during fall or earlier:
It’ll be announced later – don’t know, if I had to guess it may even be until… oh, who knows. Somewhere in 2023. Maybe even as late as the fall, like September or something.”
Bullock again reiterated that it will be a single-player experience like MechWarrior 5. However, the Piranha Games head said it will have co-op elements alongside the single-player basis. So, it isn’t the next online game, but a standalone co-op single-player adventure.
You’ll have to wait around to see what that is. But yeah, more in-line with a MechWarrior 5 type of experience and follows more of a single player co-op type of pathway, kind of building off that whole technology base. So it’s not the next online game.”
We got another good piece of news from Russ Bullock during the podcast. The Piranha Games president said that the new game will release on all platforms. He mentioned both consoles and PC:
it’ll be a game that comes out on all the platforms, PC and console.”
With all of this news, we can’t wait to see what this MechWarrior project will be. The wait is going to be long with the September reveal date in mind, but a single-player project is worth the wait. Hopefully, we get to play this standalone MechWarrior title sooner rather than later.
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