MechWarrior Online

Just a heads-up for anyone who might not of heard about MechWarrior Online yet, based on the tabletop miniatures game.  I’ve been following this game for a little while now.  A friend of mine is in the closed beta and I’ve been able to watch him play a few times.  From what I’ve seen, it looks pretty interesting.  In its current incarnation, it’s basically a team-shooter with giant mechs, but at some point they’ll add in factional fighting for control of planets and such.  The game allows for a fair amount of mech customization, eventually to include external appearance, paint and even unit patches.  They’ll be adding electronic and information warfare elements to the game in the not-too-distant future, as well.

Though it’s online, from what I’ve seen and read so far it doesn’t appear to be a true MMO, where you run around a persitent world with an avatar.  Rather, it seems most of the in-game action will take place on the battlefield in PvP matches.  You will still earn pilot XP and C-Bills (in-game money) which you can use to improve your performance in the game.  It’ll be free-to-play, with a premimum account that nets you 50% more XP and C-Bills and some kind of RMT store (which, I gather, won’t allow you buy stuff that helps you win more, just customize appearance and such).

Go to the game’s website if you want to learn more.  You can still sign up for closed beta and for a limited time they’re doing a Founder’s program pre-order deal.

Cheers.

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