MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Moves to Epic Games Store with Delay
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries from Piranha Games will now release for PC via the Epic Games Store on December 10, 2019.
Last December, MechWarrior fans were relieved when they learned at MechCon 2018 that Piranha Games’ MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries was finally hitting Steam, after a delay, on September 10, 2019. Unfortunately, some major shake-ups for the game were announced today. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries has not only been delayed until December 10, but it has become an Epic Games Store exclusive as well.
When it comes to the delay, Piranha Games explains the following on their website’s FAQ: “When we announced our September release date it was our best estimate on the time we needed to make the quality of game we desired, as well as a release date we felt wouldn’t be overcrowded. As we approached the date it was becoming congested with several very large game releases and it was becoming clear it would be very challenging to meet our marketing and localization goals for that date.”
It then explains why exactly they chose December 10 as a release date: “Once we started to look for a new release window it was natural that we wanted to move into our normal early December event window we have enjoyed these past 4 years. This would allow us to put considerable more quality into the game while also giving us the time needed to localize to other languages and to put considerable effort into marketing the game’s release.” Executive Producer Russ Bullock also highlighted that the Epic Games Store exclusivity helps the game because “our new partnership with Epic Games store allows us the time and ability to accomplish our goals both in the games development and marketing efforts.”
While many people probably will not be happy with this announcement, Bullock reiterated that “our partnership with the Epic Games store allows Piranha the opportunity to make sure MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries meets our internal goal of creating the best MechWarrior game possible.” Fortunately, frustrated players will be able to get full refunds at any tier as long as they do so before September 1. Those who refund will actually be able to keep the MechWarrior Online bonuses, though access to the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries DLC will be lost.
For those who plan on sticking with the game following this announcement, the developers confirmed that a Closed Beta for those who pre-ordered the game will now be happening in November. Players can also voice their opinions during “Town Hall sessions” on MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries‘ Discord at 6pm PT tonight for North American fans or 10am PT on July 26 for European fans.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will now release for PC through only the Epic Games Store on December 10, 2019. It will come to other PC storefronts a year later.