Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing announced today that the popular free-to-play Mech combat simulator, MechWarrior Online, now features long-awaited 12 vs. 12 match combat, forever changing the way the game is played.
The update provides fans the ability to engage in true-to-MechWarrior combat, a crucial element of the official 1.0 launch later this summer. The latest enhancements to the game also sees the introduction of double XP for the first win of the day, allowing pilots to jump in and leap ahead in mastering their Battlemech's abilities.
"The 12 vs. 12 gameplay changes combat dramatically," said Bryan Ekman, creative director at Piranha Games. "Players now have a deep bench of options for a variety of strategies, more creative attacks and defense schemes and can alter their combat strategies in greater variety for each environment. This is true MechWarrior combat."
Fans can tune in this Thursday, August 15th for a celebrity showdown between YouTubers Total Biscuit and Angry Joe in a match set to showcase MechWarrior combat at its best as 24 pilots will go head-to-head in battle. Tune in to www.youtube.com/totalbiscuit or www.youtube.com/angryjoe at 1pm PT!
Also dropping in to the Inner Sphere a New Hero Mech 'Golden Boy' and a new map - Terra Therma. The Golden Boy sports a 30 percent C-bill bonus, three SRM-6's, two SRM-4's and four medium pulse lasers.
MechWarrior Online - Golden Boy Hero Mech
An environmentally terrifying new map is also now playable for pilots wanting to test thermal limits in combat: Terra Therma. Drop in on this tumultuous moon where pilots will be faced with ever-changing tectonic activity and violent volcanic eruptions. Rich in natural resources, Terra Therma is a valuable outpost – so valuable that 'Mech pilots, 'Mechs and expensive automated extraction technologies are considered expendable. The battle for the resources on Terra Therma will be as vicious as the landscape itself.
Set to launch on September 17th, MechWarrior Online has garnered more than 1 million players since its initial announcement last year. The title has added loads of new content with regular updates since the game's Open Beta announcement last fall.
For more information and to get in the game for free right now, head over to the official site.