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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September 30


Greetings MechWarriors,

Welcome to our 17-day Mechtoberfest Event!

This Event provides rewards based on Kill Most Damage Dealt achievements according to your piloted Weight Class, along with a 'Play A Day' Challenge; the more you play, the more you'll earn!

For each day during this Event in which you have achieved a minimum Match Score of 80 in at least one Quick Play or Faction Play match, your Reward Level will increment by one.

The total amount of C-Bill Rewards you'll receive at the end of the Event are based on your final Reward Level multiplied by the total number of Mechtoberfest Challenges you've completed.

If you go all the way you can earn a grand total Event Reward of 400 MC, 4 Standing Cockpit Items, and over 8,000,000 C-Bills!

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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.


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

    • 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
    • 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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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
112.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I'll preface this by saying that there are a lot of problems with Mechwarrior Online. Some things just don't seem to act right, the economy -feels- F2P, and you'll quickly come to despise your teammates. Also Faction Play has a population problem but that might be TZ-dependent.

However, if you're not obsessive about lore, you're okay with running suboptimal builds (Yes balance is an issue but it's not game breaking and if you think it is my Vindis would like a word), and really just wanna blow ♥♥♥♥ up with big ol' robots? This game is damn fun.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1,075.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
WOO HOO! 1000 HOURS OF LEGIT GAMEPLAY! that should tell you how addicted i am xD

Wow, Im supprised at these reviews for MWO though, "most toxic community i have ever been in"? far from it, most players are loyal mature people in their 30 - 60's, and have been playing since the boardgame.

the game truely is however, punishing on newer players, for a good month of play people wont be proficiant enough to help their team win matches, and cbills(money) comes gradually, so mechs take some time to aquire in addition to having only 4 mechbays at the start of the game.

theres so many choices and options and for builds, that i had some people shut down on me and quit, just because they dident know what to do, RELAX, this is normal, take a deep breath and consult any of the number of players you meet. someone will be happy to help you with a good build. it's not even that hard.

there are weekly events for more mechbays and good chunks of premium money, enough so that one wouldent have to spend money to get far in the game,

once you get up there though, things are super smooth sailing.

don't play faction play, if you can help it
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
480.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
The core game had a lot of promise. A decades old franchise with tons of lore, background story, technology, etc. There has been a great stable of games based around Battletech. While this game has shown off some great mech designs and renders, it falls very short in play-ability, some of the worse Free to Play grind of any other steam game, and a learning curve so severe that the few new players that do try it, leave frustrated. It`s even worse when new players put real money into the game only to be matched by so few, much higher skilled players who have stuck around so long, me included. The game population is so low, wait times are long, and the skill disparity of the so called "matchmaking" system will leave new players disappointed. The underlying reasons for these issues start from a unwillingness to listen to the community, and severe censorship of any one who tries to criticize them, including streamers who won`t do what they tell them to do.

A once great franchise is being ruined by a inexperienced deceitful game company.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
312.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
A fairly well executed rendition of the Mechwarrior universe. The game, however, is an obvious cash grab to nostalgic Battletech fans in their late 20s and 30s with disposable income. The expansions/chassis are grossly overpriced and the playerbase is remarkably small for what one would expect.
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20 of 36 people (56%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
245.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I have been a Battletech and MechWarrior fan since I was 5 and this game best represents the expectations I have from this series. Those expectations are as follows (in no particular order)

1) Sweet looking mechs.
2) Decent matchmaking.
3) Sweet looking mechs.
4) Varied maps.
5) Relatively responsive developers.
6) Sweet looking mechs.

Only thing that bothers me is the money I have sunk into buying digital robots that look super flippin sweet and are a perfect modern 3D representation of the mechs of my childhood is appalling.

10/10 will play like a bad habit until somehow a better MechWarrior game is made.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
If you played the MechWarrior games of the 90's then you will be very very satisfied with this game. Complete overhaul on the experience I remember and its easily one of the best games Ive ever played in my life. Plus its free. Holy crap is it free. I havent spent a dime on the in game purchases and Im still having a blast.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
106.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Best Robot Game out ATM, Wish it had a single player mode like MW4 tho.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
327.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Put simply, MWO is the most balanced MechWarrior, one of the most balanced Free to Play games I've played, and one of the most fair Free to Play models I've seen. I've come from very pay to win, grindy, unbalanced games like Need For Speed World, and from previous MechWarrior games. The fact that every mech chassis has at least 3 variants available for all players, just months after release, is great. Hero mechs should only be thought of as another mech variant for its chassis, as they only come with a C-Bill earnings boost, unique hardpoints, and are derived from a specific pilot in the battletech lore. C-Bills can purchase everything you need to be competitive, things like camo will cost real momey, but it's not too expensive. This defeats the argument that this game is pay to win (those who dispute I'd like to hear your reasoning.) As I stated earlier, it's the most balanced MechWarrior, and in comparison to other Free to Play games, it's balanced enough to the point that saying a mech sucks means that another mech chassis can run a build better. Gameplay is all about teamwork and knowing how to get the most performance out of your mech. Those who play CSGO know the drill, communicate and work with your team. On a final note, I want to talk about the dev team. For a franchise like MechWarrior, the playerbase has gone down since the last release over a decade ago. They have taken a risk with the additions of the "unseen" mechs like the Marauder and Warhammer, the Warhammer being the reason why MechWarrior 5 had to be cancelled. They have done great work with the designs and games balance, as well as how they handle the business. The fact that people shame them, call them worst dev team ever, and say they should lose their license to the MechWarrior franchise sickens me. When there's corrupt dev teams like Gaijin barely getting any backlash from their actions, it makes me wonder why PGI does from the majority of the community. They're by no means perfect, things were rough earlier on, but now they are a much better dev team than they were 3 years ago. For a community like the MechWarrior community, It makes me upset that one of the nicest game communities is so hostile to a very nice dev team. But to wrap it all up, MWO is a balanced Free to Play game that is not Pay to Win, and is more skill based than some other popular vehicular MMO's (World of Tanks in particular).
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
I cant really promote this game. Dont let the short playtime confuse you. I'm a huge mechwarrior fan from the old days and as such this game was what I hoped for..or at least I thought. I was an early backer / founder and put a fair few hundred hours into the game prior to it being added to Steam. Soon enough it became apparent that the games a cash grab rather than offering content and little has changed with the game since being added to Steam. The Devs are more interested in selling you mechs rather than adding any form of gameplay.

Feel free to play and enjoy without buying any of the ridiculous overpriced mechs on sale or paying for premium but you'll soon find it's an unbalanced grindfest (i.e constant weapon rebalancing) with little to do but play the same handfull of maps over and over again.

But dont take my word for it. Just go google the controversy that has followed this game since it's early days. The game is about milking you for cash for mechs and paint jobs, not giving you content to use said mechs in.
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11 of 22 people (50%) found this review helpful
67.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Probably the best F2P out there. Even if you dont spend one Penny on it you can have Mad Fun.
There are a decnt amount of free Trail Mechs to test out and on Top of it you can buy your own Mech after around 10 Rounds with the Ingame Cash you earn every Round.

There is absolutley no Pay-to-Win involved, you can get almost all Mechs if you do enough Grinding.
Most Pay Items are either Special-Mechs, Colours+Camo or other Visual Stuff.

Even For Player who dont know about other Battletech/Mechwarrior Titels will enjoy this game if the like Goodbalanced, Squad Based Mechbattles with Decent Graphics.

Gameplay 9/10
Sound 8/10
Graphic 7/10
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The Merovingian
453.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
If you're a fan of the Battletech/Mechwarrior universe this game will be at best OK-ish. Mech designs are fabulous and the gameplay is smooth. Balance is not OK. Something PGI has had issues with forever. Not going to lie I really like the game and how it plays but I feel that there is massive room for improvement and honestly if another Mechwarrior title pops up that is better I'd drop this in a heartbeat. However this is the best we have for the time being. And for the time being this is as good as it gets.
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21.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
this game is a cool game,
there is 4 kind of robot,
1. light = ♥♥♥♥ing little running potato hard to aim if you use heavy or assault,
2. medium = not really cool with this ♥♥♥♥, since less damage, but great enough to being a bait for a bigger fish.
3. heavy = my favorite as a support, use 60 missiles to spamming to enemy. keep shooting it until run out of ammo. c-lrm 20x3 (heat problem)
4.assault = the great mech and keep stealing kill. but need this one to win the match

match type.
Skrimish = Deathmatch
Assault = Area Deathmatch
Domination = win 5 area at least 750 points to win the match
Conquest = i dont really care since it same like assault

my favorite is heavy on skirmish or assault

there is the leader use the mic to gave the team an orders

1.the potato always the first since it can run faster. and always died first before people busy to walk to war area.

2.medium. well theres a ton of robot in the game, so i cant recognize which is medium, heavy and assault, expensive mech and when we win just 200k, if we win btw, how about if we lose ? 45k madafaka.

4.cant customize the robot, ballistic for ballistic, cant replace ballistic with energy or missiles.

5.every ♥♥♥♥ the pheriperals for the mech need cash, well, 6USD for 1250 in game cash. i prefer to buy a french fries sundae, or mcflurry for sure,

overall review
but well, at least this game is a fun game, just wish someday it can be like gundam, can use a sword, use it hand to fight one on one combat, or at least it can move it hand like a movie mech, btw still cool even we cant move the hand.
no one do friendly fire, since you can get suspended about 5 mins or more.
i love the heat, especially when i play on terra therma, im a hot guy with a hot robot on hot map.
once the engine shuted down because the heat, i always just sit and say ♥♥♥♥ me and let the enemy shoot my hot robot, except there is a hero come and help me. but it always happen btw,
love this game, so not gonna say no to this game. just be patient and play patient if you lose be patient, and if you win nothing you can do, so just be patient.

thanks love you guys
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 21
Ugh bit boring.
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shure u ken
3.9 hrs
Posted: October 19
> Waits like 5hrs for the game to download

> Game starts in window

> Creates account and starts tutorial

> Decides to make it fullscreen

> Game is now permanently black, and can't even click on any (invisible) buttons

> Uninstalls and reinstalls

> Logs in and starts game

> screen immediately turns fullscreen & black

(0.)11/10(000), once this is fixed I'll actually review it.
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Firenova197 (S>festivizers)
102.2 hrs
Posted: October 19
The only game that has managed to get me off of overwatch for three seconds
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356.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
I am a founder who has backed the game and seen it since the beta, and all I have to say is:The power creep is strong with this one, and the community has been devolving as the playerbase diminishes.
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108.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
These sheep only play this because there aren't any other mech games worth a dam out. This game is sadly the best mech game thats out. That's not say much since it's like being the shiniest turd in a cat box. Also the greedy developers that monitize EVERY possible thing is this game only makes their craptastic game worse.

TLDR: Look, laugh, forget about this game.
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311.0 hrs
Posted: October 18
Good game, but join a Clan and learn from them, otherwise it is a learning cliff. Fun, decent graphics and decent (for the most part) community. recommended to any mech fan.
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549.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
this game may catch a lot of flack for some reason thats beyond me.... this company may catch a lot of flack for some reason thats beyond me.... but this is a damn solid game... the closest thing to a problem with it... is its fairly small community .... i encurage people to play this game ... it is free.. and not pay to win... yes you can pay to get diffrent mechs but it dosent matter even the trial mechs that everyone has acess to can take down the best most powerfull mechs in the game if the pilots are right or there is actual teamwork....

bottem line.. this game is free this game is good.. Get it!
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