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Pigs Fly, Sky Falls, New MechWarrior Announced

The guy behind the original giant robot franchise is bringing it back on PC and Xbox 360. Huzzah!

File this one under headlines you never thought you'd see: Jordan Weisman, original founder of FASA and creator of the BattleTech universe--and, by extension, the MechWarrior games--is bringing yesteryear's vaunted big-robot franchise back to life on the Xbox 360 and PC. The game is not a sequel but instead a reboot of the entire series, which Weisman likens to the recent new-ification of franchises like Star Trek and Spider-Man.

I'll spare you the gory business details of how all this came about--which IGN covers in a thoroughly in-depth Q&A--and just show you this sweet-looking launch trailer, which Weisman describes as being indicative of "what the game should be," though note this isn't actually the game itself.




Between the involvement of original MechWarrior dudes and that trailer, I'm tentatively optimistic this might actually turn out like a proper MechWarrior game oughta. Specifically what I'm looking for is a robot that controls like a tank and overheats and makes you eject when you're about to blow up. But given that the game will have to work on a 360 controller, I hope the gameplay isn't dumbed down too much.

What's your past experience with the MechWarrior series, and what would you like to see in a new version? Did you know Dave Snider used to be in a MechWarrior 2 clan? Did you know they even had clans back then?
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Posted by Brad

File this one under headlines you never thought you'd see: Jordan Weisman, original founder of FASA and creator of the BattleTech universe--and, by extension, the MechWarrior games--is bringing yesteryear's vaunted big-robot franchise back to life on the Xbox 360 and PC. The game is not a sequel but instead a reboot of the entire series, which Weisman likens to the recent new-ification of franchises like Star Trek and Spider-Man.

I'll spare you the gory business details of how all this came about--which IGN covers in a thoroughly in-depth Q&A--and just show you this sweet-looking launch trailer, which Weisman describes as being indicative of "what the game should be," though note this isn't actually the game itself.




Between the involvement of original MechWarrior dudes and that trailer, I'm tentatively optimistic this might actually turn out like a proper MechWarrior game oughta. Specifically what I'm looking for is a robot that controls like a tank and overheats and makes you eject when you're about to blow up. But given that the game will have to work on a 360 controller, I hope the gameplay isn't dumbed down too much.

What's your past experience with the MechWarrior series, and what would you like to see in a new version? Did you know Dave Snider used to be in a MechWarrior 2 clan? Did you know they even had clans back then?
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Posted by SilverShadow

Awesome! I loved the MechWarrior games and I can't wait for this to come out

Posted by SpaceDandie

Excellent!

Posted by Sharpshooter

Wait, what?

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Awesome, awesome news!  I've played MechWarrior 3 and 4, and will revisit the fourth now that it's being released for free.  Great news!

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Posted by Oriental_Jams

New Mechwarrior looks awesome and if I can remember rightly the original Mechwarrior was the first videogame I ever played so I guess I ought to be even more interested.

Edited by Lepuke

All I know is they better not completely blow it like they did with my beloved Shadowrun franchise...

Posted by HeavyMental

i don't see much difference between this and transformers ... and i doubt it can take sells from higher profile games

Posted by TheWorstPlayerEver

I've never played a mech warrior game but I did own the mech game Steel Battalion with the giant ass controller and this teaser reminded me a lot of that game. Im curious to see how this turns out and if they have a controller like Steel Battalions

Posted by cikame

I was in a Mechwarrior 3 clan.
There are mech games that let you play as the mech, then there is Mechwarrior where you pilot a mech, the keyboard layouts and zoomable aiming reticule, flushing the radiators to cool down or if you didn't have the function, turning off the mech to cool down, pressing the button to stand up again after being knocked over, fixing jump packs and flying for the first time. Mechwarrior was a big part of my childhood, couldn't be more excited.

Edited by Delta_Ass

DO WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At first I thought it was just a CGI video, but it seems to be real in-game footage. And that's awesome.

Just kinda wondering why that Atlas doesn't have his big ol' mitts anymore. Maybe 3015 was just a bad year for hand actuator manufacturers?

No physical attacks, I'd imagine, so why have fists?

I'll tell you why, because it's right and proper and looks good. Just because there aren't any physical attacks doesn't mean you take away one of the most defining characteristics of an Atlas. That's just ghastly. It's like... taking away the shuttlebay from a model of the Enterprise just because there might not be any shuttle combat in a Star Trek game. It's horrible.

None of the other MW games had physical combat, but that doesn't mean it should still be some towering obstacle. We have the technology, we have the know-how. We can make it better.

Though since this is being made for both the PC and 360, I can see them having trouble finding enough buttons to fit a punch and kick ability to. Which is why it's always a bad thing when a game gets made for both the PC and consoles.

But yea, that video was... amazingly beautiful. Cockpit might've been the best part, it's miles beyond the one in MW3. And the MW4 cockpits were horrendous.

Did you notice the PPCs seemed to miss a few times at close range? Pretty nice touch. The art direction seems to be spot on, as well. You know, I really hated the lackluster effort in MW4, but this video looks like they're going back to the MW3 look. Mostly faithful to the structure and texture looks of the TRO designs. Well, except for the hand actuators.

The machine guns splattering against the thick armor of the Atlas seemed like a wink and a nod to the MW2 intro video.

That video was so mindblowing, I'm still not even all that upset that it's gonna set in 3015 IS instead of 3050s Clan. Probably have to wait till MW6 for that. Sure, they could throw in some Clan Mechs in a DLC... but uh, I wouldn't want that. If they're gonna introduce the Clans, it should be in a big bad way, with their own campaign, or at least a major part in an IS campaign. Just throwing some Omnis in for multiplayer... that's not doing em justice.

It's alright, from the looks of this video, the game's probably gonna sell gangbusters. I can wait a while until the sequel comes out and revel in the Clan glory. Ya know... we've been through MW2: Mercs, MC1, MC2, MW3, MW4: Mercs... I can tolerate yet another MW game with c-bills accounts and purchasing pilots and salvaging weapons and all that nonsense. I'd just like something new. A return to the Clan side and maybe an innovative new bidding system... it could be just as enjoyable as running a mercenary outfit, IMO.

Know what I was just thinking? Perhaps the success of this new MW game will compell other companies to do something with their old PC IPs. Perhaps even one about Freeing in Space? Think about it... Fallout 3... AvP 3... now MW5. All the stars are aligning in a celestial ballet.

This news makes me so so happy. It's like a new lease on life. The air smells fresher, food tastes better. There are probably little kids playing around with big beautiful butterflies outside my bedroom window.

Posted by ghostNPC

I hope they don't dumb down the controls for PC gamers cause its multiplatform. I want the classic controls and customization options.

Posted by Dante_the_Jedi

...New MechWarrior game....I AM SO IN. I played the game back in the day all the time.

Posted by mracoon

Seriously? I didn't see this one coming at all. I really thought that this franchise was finished. It's always great to see a good game series get another instalment.

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Posted by TiE23

I was in a clan in Mechwarriors 4. It was my first full-time game I played online. 56k internet be damned, I still played it.

Posted by Psyx2

Sweet. I remember playing the old ones back in the day, they were a lot of fun. I agree about the controls though, hopefully they don't dumb it down. The original PC controls made you FEEL like you were controlling a giant robot!

Posted by Teirdome

The amazingitude of this is incalculable.

Posted by CitizenKane

Man, I haven't played a MechWarrior game in forever.  I definitely want this game.

Posted by lordofultima
@HeavyMental: Dudes aren't IN transformers. totally different.
Posted by Beomoose

ATLAS SMASH


Posted by Delta_Ass
@Beomoose said:
" ATLAS SMASH
"

Too bad the one in the video's got no HANDS.
Posted by XaiaX
ALWAYS.

@HeavyMental:

i don't see much difference between this and transformers 
Wow, that's some good trolling.
and i doubt it can take sells from higher profile games
Illuminate me as to why anyone should give a fuck whether it takes "sells" from other games? Either it sells or it doesn't. How well anything else sells is irrelevant to the publisher as long as the game is profitable. It's not like it has a lot of competition in the mech-game market.


Posted by FlipperDesert

If the game plays like that, I am so excited.

Dunno whether I'd get it on a 360 or a PC though, depends how it controls.

Posted by RustyScrew

Dude yes.

I'm so glad this isn't MechAssualt or whatever that spin off was for the original xbox.

Posted by Ghostin

That is my only real worry too, that the gameplay will be compromised to suit a simpler control scheme... willing to give it a fair shake though.

Posted by Snail

Holy mother of God, that was AWESOME.

Edited by Andborn
@HeavyMental: This is a relatively high profile series, as evidenced by the amount of fanfare over this brief glimpse. And comparing Transformers to this is like comparing caviar to canned tuna.

Plus that trailer was fucking great!
Posted by 8bitgeorge

Mechwarrior 4 is the game that got me into online gaming. Glad to hear it's coming back!

Posted by Beomoose
@Delta_Ass:  Details, details. Atlas SMASH!
Edited by Delta_Ass

"Did you know Dave Snider used to be in a MechWarrior 2 clan? Did you know they even had clans back then?"

I hope Brad realizes that the origin of the term "Clan" for teams in multiplayer games came about because of MechWarrior 2. Hopefully he doesn't feel too foolish.

Posted by AndrooD2

I couldn't have been more bored by the trailer. Two giant robots stand around and shoot at each other. Dudes yell. Explosion.

Seems like it's meant to excite established Mechwarrior / Battletech fans. As someone who always wanted to like Mechwarrior games, but couldn't get past the  complexity of the controls and mechanics, I have no interest in a reboot of the series unless it's dumbed down. i know that heat sinks and crap are part of what makes Mechwarrior what it is, but I think fun trumps sim when it comes to piloting giant robots.

Posted by Jayzilla

idk. i used to think it was cool, but actual battlemechs are the most unproductive way to wage war if they were real lol. they would never happen. if they made this less "realistic" i think i could get into it more. it also just really looks like the same old thing with updated graphics which really doesn't do it for me.

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@AndrooD2 said:
" I couldn't have been more bored by the trailer. Two giant robots stand around and shoot at each other. Dudes yell. Explosion.Seems like it's meant to excite established Mechwarrior / Battletech fans. As someone who always wanted to like Mechwarrior games, but couldn't get past the  complexity of the controls and mechanics, I have no interest in a reboot of the series unless it's dumbed down. i know that heat sinks and crap are part of what makes Mechwarrior what it is, but I think fun trumps sim when it comes to piloting giant robots. "
I hear Dynasty Warriors Gundam is pretty awesome. You can go play that.

The adults here will play MW5.

Ya know what, this just reinforces my gut feeling that the game should've been PC only. That would've cut out a lot of this chaff.
Posted by HT101

That video looked pretty sweet.  I do want to learn more about it but I never played any of the other MW games so I don't know what to expect from it.

Posted by jakob187

Sweet action!!!

Posted by Reverseface

Kinda glad mechwarrior is back, hope they make it alot more complex again not some DUMBASS SHOOTER BOOO YA

Posted by the_stig

Sweet, this is now my most anticipated upcoming release.

Posted by H1VOLTAGE
@HeavyMental said:
" i don't see much difference between this and transformers ... and i doubt it can take sells from higher profile games "
For one, they dont transform... and secondly, Transformers blow. To continue my rant, transformer's have never had a good game... ever, and there has never been a bad mechwarrior game... ever. So as you can see the differences are vast indeed.
Posted by JoelTGM

I was just talking to my brother about how they should make another mechwarrior game.

Posted by Claude

Dave Snider should make a country song. I was in a clan before clans were cool and now full of fools.

Posted by rateoforange

What the...with the...mechwarrior....so awesome....AHH MOTHERLAND!

Posted by leeto

Mechwarrior Mercenaries is one of my favorite PC games!

Posted by phlegms

My life does need some mech on mech action..

Posted by stinky

so let me get this straight, 

the skull faced mech saw the smoke and debris from the falling building as an opportunity to sneak up on the other mech to simply stand in front of the him? in hopes of scaring him no doubt with his cool halloween paint job.

that battle had all the excitement of 1700s British warfare. 


Posted by DannyJ

Holy Crap. I only played the first Mechassault for xbox but that trailer was sick. As soon as he saw the Atlas and was like, "Oh my GOD!" I was jumping out of my seat,

Edited by NotSoSneakyGuy
'MECH POWERUP DECTECTED

On a side note, the video does have a water-mark saying In Game Footage... you'll have to full screen the video but it's there...
Posted by papercut

i was way in to the original, but by the time the sequel came around i couldnt get into it. for some reason though, im really kind of excited about this game. i thought i was done  with these games but i guess i was wrong.

Posted by nick69

kind of reminds me of chromehounds, and i loved chromehounds

Posted by DukeTogo

Mechwarrior lost a lot of the cool-factor when they went legit and had to drop all the designs they stole from Anime shows back in the Battletech days.  Walking around in a Destroid Tomahawk was way more fun than in some half-ass Madcat they replaced it with.

A new game sounds great, but after games like Mechassault 2 and that shitty XBLA game nobody remembers, it might be the wrong time to do a mech game.  After 27 Armored Snore games and the extremely dumbed-down Gundam games, the whole mech genre has been pretty weak for a long time.  Chromehounds was the last good mech game, and even it wasn't great.

The game will need to be very scalable, with many choices for how realistic and techical it can be.  Sim types want the old game, but consoles demand ease of use for the masses.  If they can swing it to make both happy via a shitload of settings, and possibly a controller for the hardcore, it could be a winner.

Posted by Delta_Ass
@DukeTogo said:
" Mechwarrior lost a lot of the cool-factor when they went legit and had to drop all the designs they stole from Anime shows back in the Battletech days.  Walking around in a Destroid Tomahawk was way more fun than in some half-ass Madcat they replaced it with.A new game sounds great, but after games like Mechassault 2 and that shitty XBLA game nobody remembers, it might be the wrong time to do a mech game.  After 27 Armored Snore games and the extremely dumbed-down Gundam games, the whole mech genre has been pretty weak for a long time.  Chromehounds was the last good mech game, and even it wasn't great.The game will need to be very scalable, with many choices for how realistic and techical it can be.  Sim types want the old game, but consoles demand ease of use for the masses.  If they can swing it to make both happy via a shitload of settings, and possibly a controller for the hardcore, it could be a winner. "

Watch the IGN video... there's a Warhammer in there. They got the Japanese designs back recently.
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