MechWarrior Online™ is a tactical online shooter set in the BattleTech Universe. The battlefields of the 31st century are dominated by powerful mechanized units known as BattleMechs. You will assume the role of an elite MechWarrior, fighting for supremacy over the galaxy.
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Release Date: Dec 10, 2015

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August 23

Patch Notes - 1.4.81 - 23-AUG-2016





Greetings MechWarriors,

The Cyclops has arrived, and is now en-route to the MechBays of eligible MechWarriors. Though some of its variants are relatively under-armored compared to other Assault BattleMechs of a similar tonnage, the above-average top speed of the Cyclops combined with the inherent Sensor Range boost of 150m for itself - and 100m for any allies within its radius - suits the Cyclops chassis toward a focus on front-line command and support.

The multiple Drop Deck system is now available for Faction Play! By default each player is provided with two Drop Deck slots already unlocked for both Scouting and Invasion respectively. Two additional slots can be purchased with MC for each mode, allowing for a total of 4 Drop Decks each for both Scouting and Invasion.

The in-game Store now has a Cart-based system to make purchasing easier and faster, particularly when purchasing multiple items at once. Once items have been added to the Cart you can increment their quantity (when applicable), rename a 'Mech, and swap between your choice of currency to use for each item individually. As part of this new Cart system we have also set the default currency in the Store to use C-Bills (when applicable), instead of the previous default of MC.

Crimson Strait has received an art update in this patch, featuring Time of Day, partially destructible columns under the saddle, and an array of other improvements to make the map more visually dynamic and pleasing. Aside from collision clean-ups and LOD improvements, Crimson Strait has undergone no layout or major gameplay-affecting changes.

92 new Decals are arriving in this patch, spread across the Basic (180 MC) and Special (500 MC) categories. A number of improvements to the Decal system are also included, such as the ability to flip a Decal when placing it. Equipped Decals can also now be swapped between slots to allow for easy layering adjustments. Check out the Decal section of these Patch Notes for all the changes.

The Art team are continuing to work on Pattern retrofits for the remaining 'Mechs without full Pattern support. In this patch the Atlas, Awesome, Centurion, Commando, Dragon, and Hunchback 'Mechs are the latest to receive Faction Pattern retrofits.

Rounding out the patch we have an array of map fixes and 'Mech fixes, including a Pattern fix for the Adder chassis and an improvement to shadow culling across all maps and all quality specs, rarity indicators for Supply Cache items, Category filtering for Decals and Cockpit Items, a Favorites system for the Select 'Mech menu to allow for quick filtering of your most-used 'Mechs, an improvement to connection times when returning from a match, and much, much more!

Read on for all the details, and we'll see you on the battlefield!

- The MechWarrior Team

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About This Game

MechWarrior Online™


MechWarrior Online™ is a tactical, 'Mech-based online shooter set in the rich BattleTech Universe. The battlefields of the 31st century are dominated by immense and powerful mechanized units known as BattleMechs. Piloting these war machines are the most elite soldiers that the galaxy has ever known. To most, they are known simply as MechWarriors.

You will assume the role of an elite MechWarrior, fighting for supremacy over the galaxy against other players.

Quick Play is where you'll find fast action, fielding a single 'Mech in team-based game modes and maps. Unlike Faction Play, Quick Play matches do not influence the layout of Inner Sphere territories; these battles are fought purely for rewards and glory.

In Faction Play you will field 4 ‘Mechs per match, lending your skills and allegiance to the Faction of your choosing in prolonged team-based engagements, conquering and defending planets in their name to earn rewards and expand your Faction's territory across the Inner Sphere.

Gameplay


Piloting a 'Mech to victory requires a mastery of tactical positioning, teamwork, and firing discipline. Strike out as a Lone Wolf or seek out one of the many player-controlled Units and fight under the banners of powerful galactic empires for prestige, wealth, or nothing more than the sheer thrill of battle.

Next Gen Mobility - By the 31st century, tanks have evolved to take on humanoid shape, their treads replaced with nimble legs. Like modern tanks, 'Mechs move their upper torso and weapons independently of their legs offering unparalleled mobility while exchanging fire. Depending on their size, BattleMechs travel at vastly different speeds and offer different systems like jump jets to aid in their locomotion.

Make Every Shot Count - Pilots must balance mobility and damage output against the amount of heat generated from their weapons fire and 'Mech operation, lest they risk the temporary loss of power that comes when a 'Mech overheats. Firing all weapons simultaneously (known as an Alpha Strike) can be the quickest way to devastate an opponent, but may leave a 'Mech helpless against its enemies if the heat sinks can't handle the stress.

Fight Smart - 'Mechs possess both external armor and strong internal structural elements to help minimize the chance of a 'quick kill'. As a result, pilots must treat each encounter with the utmost attention and awareness, prioritizing weaker or more critical components before delivering the killing blow. Communication among teammates and the effective use of targeting systems can help to identify vulnerable 'Mechs and components.

Teamwork is the Difference - Targeting a 'Mech will automatically allow your teammates to achieve their own lock, allowing them to ascertain vital location data, armor status, and loadout details for the targeted enemy. Information Warfare can be a vital component for victory, providing attack-focused allies with the necessary information to tear their opponents to pieces.

Information Warfare - While fast-moving scouts feed target and tactical information back to the main battle group and the team commander, long-range Support and heavy-hitting Brawler and Assault ‘Mechs will use this information to position themselves for the perfect strike. Pilots can also shield themselves and allies from enemy sensors and weapons fire using various counter measures. It is up to each pilot to customize their BattleMech loadout to fulfill their desired role.

Find the perfect 'Mech - Hundreds of unique 'Mechs are available, offering a wide range of strengths and weaknesses. Smaller 'Mechs should never stop moving, and can rely on their sheer speed to overwhelm heavier opponents. Larger 'Mechs move slow and deliberate but can stand toe-to-toe with other large opponents. Acquire and test different 'Mechs to find those that best suit your play style.

Choose Your Allegiance - Work for the powerful empires of the galaxy to earn their loyalty and spread their influence across the stars. Band together with other pilots using the Looking For Group feature, or use the Faction Chat feature to coordinate offensive and defensive strategies to capture or defend worlds and shift the balance of power.

Get Rewarded - Pilots earn ComStar Bills (C-Bills) from playing matches and completing faction contracts, which can be used to purchase new 'Mechs and equipment.

Certain items can only be purchased using premium 'Mech Credits (MC). MC can either be purchased directly via real world money or acquired in smaller increments in-game by earning reputation with a Faction in Faction Play, or as rewards from participating in special Events.

'Mech Experience (XP) gained during combat is applied to the 'Mech used during that match, and can be used to unlock improvements to various BattleMech systems.

MechWarrior Online™ also includes a host of achievements to unlock that will challenge even the most skilled players.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel: Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 2.66 GHz / AMD: Athlon 64 X2 6400+ @ 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA: 8800 GT / AMD: Radeon HD 5670
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel: Core i5-3470 @ 3.20 GHz / AMD: FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 660 / AMD: Radeon HD 7870
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
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fpickel121
35.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
Best I have played in my life
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greekangel1985
50.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
i have base client no steam version but is the same ,game is perfect fun graphics is amazing, and yes is no pay to win. believe me play it you love it very quick...
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Darth Llama
54.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
Actually very good for a free to play game (or really even for a full price AAA title.) You could very easily play this game and not spend a dime if you wished to. This and Star Trek Online have the best 'free to play' models that I have seen. Combat is very fun and engaging. Obviously there is a wide variety of skill level in opponents so you won't win every time, but you likely won't lose all the time either. You're always in a large team, so if you struggle, you can always stick with the pack and up your chances. Going off on your own is generally not a good idea.

If I had to say something bad about it, it can be a little complicated at first, it has a somewhat steep learning curve and that can be intimidating to new players. It's best not to spend any of your early money on a mech, play the free 'trial' mechs until you know what style you like and then buy something that fits your style. There are A LOT of Mechs to choose between and you're likely going to have to watch some videos and do some research, it's not a simple game.

I'm not normally a guy who likes PvP type games, but this game is great. If you can get 2 or 3 friends and travel in a pack it's even better.
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frantonio
52.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
Good game, try it for yourself.
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Kernel Jam
246.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
You will be lucky if: you have experienced players on the team.
You will not find: teamwork, tactics, strategy, Line of Fire discipline.
You will always have: noobs, lonewolves, rambos.

Faction play is even worse...

In this game, the majority of players are most likely between 3 and 11 years of age. It's a Sunday morning Call of Duty shooting fest without Aimbot(TM), Wallhack(TM) and with big bipedal "tanks".

Basic game is free, rest is pay2win -- pay2notwait -- pay4vanity -- pay2progress. You will also die A LOT because of mostly arrogant and uncooperative teammates and every now and then from actual opponents.

Devs overcharge for: the good mech variants, mechbays, all the camos (the 6 basic crappy colors can be bought with ingame currency but your mech will look like an eggplant), vanity items (you do get some for free sometimes) and the WORST of all: they charge you REAL MONEY to unlock your hard earned ingame experience and to unlock your caches. The game is designed to take all your money with its polished eye candy, addictive gameplay and overall lore. Think carefully before you spend.

So,
If you've got the doe, have at it.
If you are a CoD console peasant arrogant little kid, enjoy ruining other people's game.
If you are a thinking person who enjoys a challenge, you might be disappointed.
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Deth Of Yew
209.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
Great game, similar to the Mechwarrior series from decade(s) ago. It does take awhile to adapt to the mouse sensitivity, but, after 482 matches and lots of teamwork, it's very fun. The use of a mic facilitates teamwork. Lots of people playing, men-women-kids, at any given time meaning quickplay matches are always ongoing. I am probably addicted to this game-it IS that good.
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Rex
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Thought I'd come back after a few months and give it another shot.

Immediately hit with an unskippable tutorial. Doesn't matter that I've ALREADY played the game.

Pfft, I'm not doing this. Even I have more self respect than this.

I'm just going to assume this is still the painful grindfest that it was before with a constant struggle to afford anything.

*NOTE: This review is from one of the founders, I put in for all four mechs and saw it through some toughs times.. it pains me to see that even with the original money grubbing publishers gone that the game is still a complete mess. This is NOT an experience anything like past mechwarrior games, as it looks towards World of Tanks instead of Chrome Hounds or Armored Core for how good online play should be.
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Napes
517.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Been playing MWO since February 2013 so I've logged more hours into this game than anything else I've ever played.

Despite what you might hear, the game has a come a long way and nails the feel of piloting giant walking tanks from the Battletech universe. Gameplay is both varied due to the different mech classes but can get repetitive because of the limited gamemodes. At times balance between items/mechs can be very frustrating but it is generally better than it has been in the past and it seems like they are making progress (despite it being slow).

Evidently, despite my criticism and my hope for more content/features I enjoy the experience. My advice, find a unit, make some ingame friends and have some fun. The game really does come together when you start seeing teams working together.
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Ardent Reaper
80.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
I'm a big fan of the battletech/mechwarrior games, so I really enjoy this game, it's a lot of fun. Unfortunately having to reinstall the game every couple of days to get it to continue working is not fun. Great game when it works.
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shamancorp
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
This is Methadone for my Cromehounds jones! I have been a mechwarrior fan sence well I was in dipers and this game is exactly what I have been looking for! combat is sublime realy true to its roots. I hope to see you in the field.




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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
My experience so far:

Let's go this way!

*Warning! Incoming Missile!*

LET'S GO THE OTHER WAY!
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
247.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Great game, Gimmicky name:
MechWarrior Online is bar-none one of the greatest team based shooters out there. It is extensively well balanced and has a great deal more strategy and teamwork than any other shooter I've played. The mechs are diverse and in the right hands even a garbage mech can be a war hero on the field of battle. Moreover there aren't any game breaking builds, which is unheard of in competive multiplayer games.

It has a steep learning curve and takes awhile before you can find a mech that best suits you, but once you do the game is extremely rewarding.

My biggest complaint about the game it is the name. MechWarrior Online sounds like a trashy free to play mech game so the fact that this is free to play doesn't do itself any favors as far as marketing goes. I've been a fan of the MechWarrior games for over a decade but I took years to try this because I assumed it was going to be a piece of crap due to its name. My Steam friends don't want to try it for this sole reason.

Beside the name I have no issues with the game itself, in fact I would say this is leagues better than other strategy based shooters like CSGO for instance. If you are looking for a game more involved than hiding out in a bomb simulation I would highly recommend this.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Actually very good for a free to play game (or really even for a full price AAA title.) You could very easily play this game and not spend a dime if you wished to. This and Star Trek Online have the best 'free to play' models that I have seen. Combat is very fun and engaging. Obviously there is a wide variety of skill level in opponents so you won't win every time, but you likely won't lose all the time either. You're always in a large team, so if you struggle, you can always stick with the pack and up your chances. Going off on your own is generally not a good idea.

If I had to say something bad about it, it can be a little complicated at first, it has a somewhat steep learning curve and that can be intimidating to new players. It's best not to spend any of your early money on a mech, play the free 'trial' mechs until you know what style you like and then buy something that fits your style. There are A LOT of Mechs to choose between and you're likely going to have to watch some videos and do some research, it's not a simple game.

I'm not normally a guy who likes PvP type games, but this game is great. If you can get 2 or 3 friends and travel in a pack it's even better.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
179.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Giant stomping robots with ♥♥♥♥ off big guns, laser and rockets yes please.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
795.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Wow, im supprised at these reviews for MWO, "most toxic community i have ever been in"? far from it, most loyal players are mature people in their 30s who rarely get mad at anyone, i feel bad for anyone who has had a bad time in a match with some steam newbies argueing at eachother,

or just pure bad luck...

truely though the game is punishing on new players, for the first week i would be supprised if anyone got even a single win (assumeing you arent in a group and your doing quickplays)

lack of mechbays, a very slow grind, but once your up there it becomes much easyer.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
119.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I love this game and it really is free to play. You can have a lot of fun, and be competitive, without spending a single penny. But if you're like me you'll probably like the game so much that you'll start to spend some money here and there. And thats what I think the developers of this game were after. They offer a great game for free knowing that the majority of folks that try it will like it. Then if you want to spend money you can to "speed up" acquiring things that you can eventually earn for free anyways. Or you can buy paint, decals, and other items to pretty up your mechs - none of which effects how they fight in battle so its purely cosmetic. If you like big robots slugging it out, or are a fan of the BattleTech series, then this games for you!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
For all the bad reveiws i dont get it. But the game is hard and you need to grind a Lot honestly i find that quick play is fun because all mechs are allowed unlike faction battles where you need mechs specific to your faction. but after shooting through all the classes (Light, Medium, Heavy, Assault) i can say it really pays to know what works best so overall i would recomend this, although it may not be easy it is quite fun
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
50.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
i have base client no steam version but is the same ,game is perfect fun graphics is amazing, and yes is no pay to win. believe me play it you love it very quick...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Best I have played in my life
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463 of 526 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
298.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
For those interested in this game, here are some details that are useful to know.

You are a bipedal tank:
--- Your torso moves separate from legs, and some Mechs have Jump Jets, which allow short flight depending on the number of JJ's equipped.

This is a team game:
--- Stay with the pack, especially when you first start. Don't be the only Mech the enemy sees.

One Life to Live:
In standard "Quick Play" game you drop in one Mech, after you die, you will have to wait until that game is finished before you can play that Mech again. In Faction Play (Clan Warfare) you get to drop with 4 Mechs.

This is a "slow" paced shooter:
--- Movement and turn speeds are based on the Mech you are in, not the speed you set your mouse to.

Variation:
---The speed difference alone between the fastest and slowest Mech is over 100kph, leading to huge variations in play style. Aside from this, Lasers, Ballistics/PPCs, Long Range Missiles (LRMs), and Short Range Missiles (SRMs) all have different methods to success.

Location based damage:
--- If you "spray and pray", you will get damage in, but fail to kill your opponent. Targeting vital spots is key to putting the enemy down. Let your lasers burn the whole duration into your opponent to get full damage. The opposite is true if you are getting shot, make sure to turn your torso to spread damage.

Heat management is very important:
--- Almost all weapons create heat on use, and if not managed will put you into a shutdown state, or if you override the shutdown, do extreme internal damage.

Customization:
--- Setting your Mech up with weapons and armor of your choosing is the one of the best parts of the game, but you don't get to do that until you buy your own Mech. This does not mean you have to spend real money however, as they give you large bonuses for the first 20 or so matches. Do make your first choice wisely, the forums are a good place to get suggestions.

Cost:
--- You can get a lot out of this game for free. The way you earn money (C-bills) to buy Mechs is by playing more matches, so I can't really consider it a grind. You do need to have Mech Bays in order to buy Mechs however, and these cost MC, which is real money currency. If you are patient PGI does give away MC and Mech Bays during special events for participation, and task competition. Some Mechs, called Hero Mechs can only be purchased with MC, the only thing that makes them worthwhile is a bonus to C-bill earning, otherwise they are mostly just novelty paint, on a somewhat unique loadout, however never really better than what you can buy normally. If you do want to spend money, I suggest buying MC in a quantity that gets a good discount and buying Mech Bays when they go on sale.


Competitive:
--- The Match Maker works fairly well, though it is population dependent. If you are new, you will start at the bottom "Tier" which is 5. As you move up, not only does individual skill ramp up, but so does group cooperation.

NGNG has a good youtube channel if you want to see some gameplay.
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