Experience non-stop, real-time tactical combat with a 4-person squad. Upgrade and recruit units, enhance special abilities, while acquiring better weapons and gear. Take your toughest recruits into action in single player or co-op multiplayer and save humanity from the suppressive Manta force.
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Mostly Positive (45 reviews) - 75% of the 45 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 17, 2017

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Why Early Access?

“M.E.R.C. is fully playable in both single player and co-op multiplayer modes with nine story levels and additional procedurally generated side missions and campaigns. We have worked very hard to ensure that the game released in Early Access is complete and polished experience. That said, this release is just the beginning of the narrative and story we would like to tell. We are planning unravel the rest of the story through new levels, character development and deep and diverse special abilities.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to be in Early Access for 3-6 months. In our previous games, our development has been substantially community driven. We value the feedback and suggestions from our community and find that once a game is released in many ways it becomes an experience we can shape together with players to the extent that it delivers on vision. To that end, we are leaving some degree of flexibility on the precise length of tenure in Early Access.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Additional story levels that tell the the entire M.E.R.C. story. Deeper character development, additional interesting and diverse special abilities, broadening the scope and fun of tactical engagements.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“M.E.R.C. is fully playable in both single player and co-op multiplayer modes with nine story levels and additional procedurally generated side missions and campaigns.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price may go up for the final version.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“With our previous games, our post-release development has been substantially community driven. We value the feedback and suggestions from our community and find that once a game is released in many ways it becomes an experience we can shape together with players to the extent that it delivers on vision.”
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Recent updates View all (11)

May 4

Build (1.3.4) - New Update Now Available!

OVERVIEW
This is a smaller update that includes the ability to train your existing units with a new class. There are three additional sub-classes which are Tech Specialist, Medic and Commando. The cost to train a unit is either 10,000 Credits for their first sub class and 15,000 Credits for their second sub-class. While a unit is in training they cannot be used in missions. It takes 7 days for a unit to complete their training. That’s right, in the future, you can be a medic with only 7 days training.

WHAT’S NEW IN 1.3.4:

Training of Additional Classes
  • 3 new sub-classes, which are Tech Specialist, Medic and Commando.
  • Cost to train a unit in their first sub-class is 10,000 Credits.
  • Cost to train a unit in their second sub-class is 15,000 Credits.
  • You can train as many units as you like, but they will not be available for missions while in training.
  • Training takes 7 days to complete - it’s a crash course.

Side Mission Optimizations
  • Continued improvements made to the Sprawl rooftop procedural levels.
  • Additional procedural mission areas to explore.
  • Fixed localization issues.
  • Unity 5.6 plugin upgrades.

WHAT’S COMING NEXT:
We’re currently working on a suite of new story and side missions as well as a new location for players to explore.

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March 15

Build (1.3.1) - New Update Now Available!

OVERVIEW
This is a smaller update that includes Steam Achievements and optimizations to side mission levels. Our goal for the Sprawl rooftop levels was to increase the performance and raise the frame rate. You should see an improvement when playing these rooftop levels. In addition, we’ve added some more content to the rooftop levels to provide a greater amount of variability.

WHAT’S NEW IN 1.3.1:

Steam Achievements
  • Steam Achievements are now live, offering both visible and hidden achievements to unlock.

Side Mission Optimizations
  • Performance improvements made to the Sprawl rooftop procedural levels.
  • Additional Sprawl rooftop areas to explore.

WHAT’S COMING NEXT:
We’re currently working on a feature to allow players to train their mercenary units with new sub-classes. So players can choose if they wish to upgrade their existing 1-star unit to a 2-star unit, for example. We’re also rebalancing the game as it’s very easy to build up a good surplus of cash in the bank and purchase all the best gear on MercNET relatively quickly. So we’re looking to tighten that up and also rebalance weapons so, while they get better, there will be some trade offs between the different weapons and also create a better sense of variation between assault rifles and heavy guns.

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Reviews

“Imagine if XCOM was played in real-time”
Wargamer

“Co-op was extremely accessible and the game feels really polished”
Co-Optimus

About This Game

Welcome to Neotopia – the last city standing. Riddled with corruption and greed of corporations, the city is divided. The forces of Manta have destabilized progress toward sustainability. Your mission, commander, is to recruit, train, and deploy a squad of elite mercenaries and neutralize the Manta threat. Don’t shit the bed.

Step into the world of non-stop, real-time tactical strategy engagements with a 4-person squad. Upgrade and recruit units, learn and enhance special abilities, while acquiring better weapons and gear. Take your toughest and bravest recruits into action in co-op multiplayer and save humanity from the suppressive Manta force.




Control your mercenary squad as a 4-person team – advance units, take cover, designate units to engage with special abilities. For seriously tricky tactical firefights, break the squad into 2-person pods - Alpha and Bravo and wreak havoc.



Team up with other players in co-op multiplayer action. Combine forces by taking your best two units into battle with their best units. Play through story missions, campaigns and side missions together to take down the uprising of Manta.



The Sprawl is a mysterious cyberpunk world, with new dangers around every corner. Anticipate and conquer challenges by managing the composition of your team based on the needs of missions, including unit capability, strength and special ability. Successful missions will be rewarded with financial bonuses and increased reputation. Use the rewards wisely to enable optimal progress for your troops.




Your merc squad will encounter many extreme challenges. Train your units to take on Manta with multiple unit classes– Assault, Sniper, Heavy & Engineer. Further specialize the units with sub-classes such as Medic, Hacker, etc. and take them into battle to gain XP and Skill Points to unlock more special abilities.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64 Bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 3.0Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: A broadband internet connection will be required to play multiplayer missions
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64 Bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4570 3.20GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB ATI Radeon HD 7970, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: A broadband internet connection will be required to play multiplayer missions

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