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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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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10 of 13 people (77%) 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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10 of 15 people (67%) 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I enjoy it, even with only 2 'Mechs of my own, and low FPS. It does get annoying though... it felt more like a grind with how many battles I have to enter into, because i get low scores, because I die REALLY fast. But that is due ot bad piloting, and because I only run 2 Jenners (light Mechs with certain very weak "critical" spots".
It's been a while since I've played it, but I have a LOT more time in it than Steam has on record, because I played it before it came to Steam.

Still can be enjoyed, especially with a good, coordinated team.

Sorry for the lack of description. I must return to this review.
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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
206.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Tactical gameplay. Very fun for a free game
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
228.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I am an OLD fan of the game. I love the multiplayer aspect of this version.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
175.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Don't let my game time fool you. More than enough time was logged before this ported over to Steam for help.

I only recommend this becuase it's the only decent "Mechwarrior-like" game I can play on my machine without a ton of extracirricular crap. It's free. Yeah. You can buy a lot of stuff which completely unbalances the game... and for a redonkulous amount of money at that.

For someone who grew up playing the board games, and the archaic mechwarrior on windows 95/SNES, and upward, this is the only thing I've found to make me feel at home. .. ish. Though you do get a significant boost as a rookie starting off, that dies quickly, and so will your want to play this game if you are not wanting to looking at thousand upon thousands of hours of game time, still only to not make you feel like you've accomplished much of anything. Much like most MMO's. Except this one is lacking a lot that would make it perfect, and its not mechanics.

Edit: Apparently my review Butthurt someone enough to make a level 0 private account just to comment and troll reviews. Lol Gotta love the kids on Steam.

What I'm referring to about "Unbalancing" is that P2W kills Casual playing. Yes, money flow keeps games like this alive. However, there is a line. To get certain Mech builds, you MUST spend Money. They are not all readily available via c-bills.

Personally, I don't like paying past the one time purchase fee when I buy a game. But.. It's free O_O so. Making one or two in game purchases(if you see fit) won't be a bad thing. Yes the game has bugs. Name one that doesn't. Wall hackers, rubberbanders, etc etc etc. Welcome to Online Gameplay.

If you do want to spend money, i would suggest at, or at least Half the MSRP of a Brand New game. If you buy anything 30$ or under, buy the Steam LIGHT Mechpack. You get two variants that have a perm +30% to cbills, and 30 days premium time which is a flat 50% increase to xp and xbills across all variants. Plus, it's a good idea to master Light Mech fighting. Because for me, it's actually the hardest weight class. Easy for you? Bam. Money.

If you buy MC for Mechs, don't spend them on anything else except premium time. As PT = $$$ and you need that to buy variants to unlock the Elite Skill Tree and Mech Modules. Everything else is really obtainable with Cbills.. except Mech Bays. They have random events where you can unlock them. Or you can purchase them in game.

AVOID QUICKPLAY. If you are serious about Team Play Join a faction as a merc or a loyalist. Get a team so you can coordinate. If you don't team play, You will get slaughtered.

Don't have a Mic/Headset? Don't wanna blow 30-40$ on a Headset? Teamspeak is VERY cheap on the Google Play and Apple App Stores. You can use your phone's headset(which have noise cancel on most) and/or bluetooth and set it to voice activate after a certain range level is met.

MWO lost 3 Points because they won't have a Steam Workshop and allow us to customize and design, which would bring in SO Much money for PGI, and they wont allow transferring of cbills between players, so Units can help each other :(
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
116.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Don't listen to the haters. Give MWO a try... it's not for everyone but I've been pretty hooked on it for three years now.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
221.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This game is honestly a great game. very competative. has a slight learning curve so give yourself time to learn the game. otherwise you will hate the game. this game i dont believe will ever die out. it has a very loyal playerbase. that playerbase is small however extremely loyal. and lots of older players so you shouldnt have to worry about squeekers in your lobbies too often like in COD. so enjoy some stompy stompy mechs.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
538.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
A dying sham of interactive media that is on perpetual life support, made by a company that just wanted to make a money farming clone of world of tanks.

While MWO has some interesting tactical game and custom elements, the game's major development essentially died the moment they left beta.

This game exists soely to sell art assets and ini tweaks with minimum effort development.

The video on the steam page about faction warfare is straight up bold face constructed lies, the main point of the game ever since the beginning was faction warfare and wasn't even added until years after beta, and was a complete and utter farce.

Truely an interesting game, with some dynamics that are leftover from beta development, maybe to play with friends for a few games, but not worth spending money on.
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30.6 hrs
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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shure u ken
1.0 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
The power creep is strong with this one.
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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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307.1 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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544.2 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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103.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
Best Robot Game out ATM, Wish it had a single player mode like MW4 tho.
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Bit Viper |
319.5 hrs
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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47.2 hrs
Posted: October 15
Very challenging game but love it
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