We all love video games which stretch the imagination and add a new form of combat to the mix, be that controlling drones to spot your prey before they see you or having echo goggles to locate the biggest threat before you’ve even left your cardboard box, Titanfall did the opposite. Rather than going small, Titanfall wanted to make combat bigger, and it did so by introducing giant mechs, so how will Titanfall 2 beat this? Mechs with Swords!
Titanfall had two battlegrounds mixed into one, the fast and agile pilots running for cover amongst the giant towering Mech suits that seemed to rain down on the battlefield. When it came to combat you would often find yourself preparing a volley of rounds only to have a shield deflect them back at you, a fate which often caused pilots and mechs alike to fall, so the natural inclusion of swords will topple the shields kill count in classic mecha style!
With Titanfall 2 also offering a campaign mode, something that was sorely missing from the original, players can expect to enjoy the chaos on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. With the original game suffering from a post-release drop in players, let us hope that Respawn, its creators, and masterminds, are able to keep the game running longer so more are able to enjoy the mecha battles that they will always crave for.
Pacific Rim, a film inspired the hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, featuring mankind fighting for its survival in giant mechs called Jaegers in response to the threat of giant aliens. The hit film was released several years ago now and was directed by Guillermo del Toro, however, it may seem like its sequel has hit a monster even bigger than the ones it shows on screen.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Pacific Rim 2, set for release in August 2017 and was scheduled to start filming in November, has halted indefinitely. In most cases it tends to be that large films like this may be delayed, but more and more in recent years, this is signs of bigger troubles and struggles, which often lead to the film never making it to your local cinema.
The initial rumours for the budget stood at around $190 million, a little over Jurassic Worlds $150 but still short of films like the Avengers: Age of Ultron which had a whopping $250 million budget. The original film didn’t do great taking in only $101 million at the box office, a nice figure that was only just over half of the films development costings. The success comes from Legend noticing how much it succeeded in China, with support gathering not only for a second film but the second was rumoured to be building up towards a third.
Were you excited about Pacific Rim 2? How did you find the first film? Would you see Pacific Rim 2 in the cinema or would it be a DVD buy several months later?
Exoskeletons have long been a thing of fiction, with movies like Aliens showing us large mechs that could move crates and giant aliens with ease, but in recent years people have seen the technology become realistic and helpful, such as homemade exo’s making lifting weights easy or even the army developing exo’s to improve shooting. Now with a little help from electricity they could soon be developing something close to a miracle, letting people walk again.
Mark Pollok was paralyzed from the waist down in 2010, with no control of his lower body he began testing out Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton. While an exoskeleton could give people back control of their body they have displayed even greater results by using a process known as “transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation”. This means that by attaching electrodes to Mark’s skin they were able to send jolts of electric to his spine.
All communication in the body is electric charges and by using this process they were able to see results. During the experiment, Mark was able to regain some control over his legs, to the point where he could raise and flex his knees.
Combining these two processes they were able to give Mark some ability to walk again, he was even able to sweat (something that he has been unable to do since the accident in 2010).
Technology can do many things, but sometimes it’s giving people the chance to do what we call simple that makes it amazing.
Let’s take a minute to remember back to the days of sitting in front of the TV watching insane robots mutilate each other in an arena full of deadly traps. Now fast forward to 2015 and our love for robots has grown, which has resulted in movies such as Real Steel and mechs introduced into games such as Call of duty. So what about real life? Well nothing interesting really, apart from a massive grudge match being ignited online thanks to American and Japan building mechs for whatever reason.
Sources have gone quiet lately, but it has surfaced that America has started a crowd-funding campaign to raise $500,000 to help finish and upgrade the robot. But why would you want to donate your hard earned cash to help build something that will probably get smashed like a bug? “Because we’re going to make history, and it will be the most patriotic dollars that they can spend in 2015,” Brinkley Warren, a co-founder, told Ars with pride.
At the time of writing, the campaign has reached over $261,000 with 28 days to go. All is not lost, however, the founders has given a long term goal plan in case funds reached up to $1.5 million; which will end up ranging from high-performance track bases for ultimate speed and eevn a Hollywood paint job. Funnily enough, a life safety system only comes in at $1.25 million, which means moving fast is more important than safety #Murica!
Now a Kickstarter campaign wouldn’t be worth entering if there wasn’t something for the donator. The basic $5 gets you a mutual online handshake, but the best donation of $10,000 allows you to join the pit crew at the fight and be hands on. Personally if I had the spare cash, I would donate $5,000 and punch a Prius.
Who do you think will win? America with brute force or Japan with engineering marvels? Are you going to donate? Let us know in the comments.
Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information
The latest Corsair mechanical gaming keyboard is here at last! The Corsair Gaming STRAFE is their first new keyboard brand in years, although given the success of their K-series keyboards, as well as the RGB editions that followed, it’s easy to understand why Corsair haven’t been rushing to release a replacement.
This keyboard is designed for gaming, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t promise to offer a lot to day-to-day desktop users. Mechanical keys offer premium build quality that should last many years without the keys response fading, as you often find with membrane keyboards. We’ve got the MX Red edition of the STRAFE in the office today, so those fast keys should be quick and super responsive, which will be great for typing, such as the review I’m using it for right now, or for gaming, especially if you play frantic games such as DOTA II.
The STRAFE doesn’t bring a lot of new technology to the table, but it does pack some promising specifications that should satisfy the needs of any keen PC user. We’ve got super quick Cherry MX Red, Blue or Brown mechanical switches, per-key red LED programmable lighting, onboard memory, Cue-Software customisation and more; that’s certainly all the basics covered!
Here is quick video from Corsair to discuss some of the features of the STRAFE and there’s also a nice section that shows off the LED lighting features of the keyboard. Now, let’s jump right to it and take a closer look at what this keyboard has to offer.
The packaging features the new Corsair Gaming branding, that’s right, no more “tramp stamp”. We now have the faster-looking version of the old Corsair ships logo and it looks great!
All the major features are detailed on the box, perfect for those picking one up at retail who want to know a little more. The packaging looks pretty fancy, usually a good first impression that you’ve got a premium product in your hands.
Gundam, Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan. If you’ve recognised those three names, you’ll be aware of the thing they have in common. Giant Robots. In response to this we have aspired as a race to make giant robots, but now two companies want to take it further. They want to fight!
Suidobashi Heavy Industry, a Japanese based company, already announced that they had constructed the Kuratas. A giant four-wheeled (at the end of legs) robot capable of using its built in BB gatling gun to fire a whopping 6,000 pellets a minute! If that’s too violent you can also replace it with a water cannon, and it’s even up for being purchased!
Meanwhile across the water in the USA, MegaBots wants to create a sport behind fighting with giant robots. So what’s the sensible thing to do? Of course, challenge Japan to fight against their own robot! Designed as a giant bipedal (two legged) robot, the robot looks to copy those designs found in cartoons and anime.
Suidobashi’s founder Kogoro Kurata replied with:
“Yeah, I’ll fight. We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture”
With no set date or location, we can only wait for that moment where it’s revealed and suddenly it all becomes a reality. In his response though Kogoro did state that he wanted the fight to take place with physical weapons, not paintball or bb guns.
If $1 million to become a real-life Power Ranger sounds reasonable, then you’ll love Kuratas. The passion project of blacksmith Kogoro Kurata, the Kuratas machine is a 12.5-foot mech robot suit, sporting a 6,000 round-per-minute BB gun and four articulated wheeled legs. The mechanoid is on sale through Amazon Japan.
Here’s the bad news: the arms come separately – though if you’re spending $1 million on a robotic playsuit, then an extra few hundred-thousand shouldn’t dent your budget too heavily – and, worse, there’s no Amazon Prime shipping available.
Last year in South Korea, ship building workers were wearing robotic exoskeletons, allowing them to walk around with huge sections of metal, pipe work and other objects weighing around 100KG as if they were light as a feather!
The test was operated by one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering at their Okpo-dong facility. The early prototypes proved successful, but the team are now working to improve the exoskeletons for deployment to the general workforce.
The current model will fit anyone between 160 and 185cm tall, and it’s 28 GK frame is constructed from carbon, aluminium alloy and steel, but despite it’s bulky weight, it manages to feel weightless thanks to it’s build-in balancing and lifting systems that carry its own weight for you, allowing you to move freely, or at least until its 3 hour battery life is depleted, in which case you can simply climb out of the suit.
The design is modular too, it can be fitted with a small crane, tools and other equipment to help the worker perform tasks. Worker feedback has been positive so far as it speeds up productivity without causing them strain from lifting, their only gripe is that they now want faster and stronger units, something the team are already busy developing.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen manufacturing modifying humans to help with construction, such as the 3D printed thumb attachments used by BMW, although mech suits are waaaay cooler than what the Germans are using right now.
Thank you NewScientist for providing us with this information.
Ever watch BattleTech as a child? Well if you haven’t you’re missing out, but if you have then you’re hopes and dreams of being able to see a railgun being fired are about to be realized.
The United States Navy is set to release it’s electromagnetic railgun on a single joint high-speed vessels (JHSV) in 2016 according to the report.
Since 2005 the U.S. Navy has been testing this technology and from the looks of it they’ve been doing a very good job of progressively improving it.
According to the Navy, the weapon uses “an electromagnetic force – known as the Lorenz Force – to rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails.” The weapon will be able to shoot projectiles at an increased velocity than any weaponry available right now, which in turn will allow each round to travel much greater distances. Because of this ability to maintain velocity for a greater period of time, this means that it will not require a “high explosive payload” when it reaches a target. The Navy has stated that this will make its ships safer because they won’t have to carry as many explosives on board. Once the weapon is ready for deployment, the Navy states that the railguns will be able to launch “guided, multi-mission projectiles to a range of 110 nautical miles.”
A few months ago we reviewed the awesome Aluminum series of peripherals from Cooler Master, and we praised them for their customisability as well as their high build quality and great levels of performance. Each of the products in the range features a removable aluminium face plate that can be easily removed to be customised to your liking and while not all of us have the skills required to customise these things ourselves, Cooler Master have the answer with a range of pre-customised MECH keyboards.
Six new colour schemes are available, ranging from gaming team colours for POLT, Supa Hot Crew, AT Gaming and DSCL Edition, and a cool looking BLUE edition and red hot ORANGE Edition.
The new keyboards are available from the mech.coolermaster.eu website and will set you back €199 each. That may sound expensive, but given that they feature a thick aluminium top panel cover, Cherry MX Blue switches, a powerful ARM processor, powerful macro features and USB 3.0 and HD audio pass-through they’re worth every penny.
The keyboard is already one of the most unique on the market, but these new colour schemes only go to make them even cooler.
M.A.V. has just hit Kickstarter and Greelight in what looks set to be another interesting addition to the world of mech gaming. Of course there are already a few great mech games out there such as Hawken and Mech Warrior which were developed by huge teams, but M.A.V. is the work of just one man and while there is still a little work to be done, there’s certainly room in the market for one more mech game.
M.A.V. is a 3rd person Mech action game focused on teamwork and tuning your M.A.V. to suit your personal play style. Players take the controls of their personal Modular Assault Vehicle (M.A.V.) and battle it out, fighting a war for freedom throughout several game modes, including the free-for-all Arena mode, the team based Siege Mode, and the much anticipated Campaign Mode.
The campaign mode is the heart of what M.A.V. is about. A persistent battle, with multiple factions fighting it out for complete control. In this mode, everything is on the line and everything can affect the outcome. World events will dramatically change the way the battle plays out. Whether it be that you choose to fight in the daylight, or try to deploy covertly under the darkness of night, or maybe a storm comes in affecting the visibility of the map. Every game will play out differently, every battle will have a story, and every faction will have a struggle to the top.
In M.A.V., there will be thousands of parts to pick from, each with its own stats and appearance. There will be a weapon for every strategy, a cockpit for every style, and an armour plate that always fits just right. And we all know that gamers love to put their personal touch on things, so its always great to see extensive customisation options. There are also lots of cosmetic changes you can make to your M.A.V., from the paint colour of each part, to the camo patterns and colours that the parts have.
Meteor Entertainment and Adhesive Games have release their latest multiplayer map for the free-to-play Mech shooter Hawken. The new map, called Wreckage, is set inside a huge crashed freight cruiser in a swamp on the planet ILALL and forms part of Meteor Entertainment’s latest initiative in expanding upon Hawken’s vast futuristic universe.
In a seasonal twist, a special winter version of the the Last Eco map will also be making an appearance, complete with a dusting of snow to get Hawken players in a festive mood… or at least as festive as you can get while knocking the crud out of each other in giant mechs.
“Our artists and designers worked closely together to ensure that both art and design created the best experience possible for players,” says Darren Quach, senior concept artist.
If the snow isn’t festive enough for you, then you can also look forward to holiday themed camo’s, a snowman repair drone, a candy-cane wrapped thruster, chasis art and a good old-fashioned snipe hunt complete the Wreckage patch loadout.
A few weeks ago we brought you three reviews from the aluminium loving peripheral range from CM Storm, this includes their Pulse-R headset, Mech keyboard and the Reaper mouse. All three of these products are designed to look great, not only on their own, but also when they’re put next to each other. CM Storm do not sell these three items as a complete set, but today we want to find out what it would be like to live with the trilogy together.
Naturally having already tested these products we know they’re great, their performance isn’t even in question today as they’ve all walked away with tasty eTeknix awards in their respective reviews.
Style isn’t everything, but it certainly can’t hurt to have it. With the dominance of eSports and LAN gaming events we are seeing more and more focus on appearance in the PC gaming community. This ranges from branding, sponsorship, customisation of implement, case mods, colour matching components and peripherals, branded clothes and more. Having the cool stuff with the LED lights on it and the matching T-shirt might sound pointless, but many of us are guilty of it.
The packaging alone gives away the fact these products were destined to be next to each other. All three feature aluminium panels that can be removed, customised and then re-attached, allowing you to have your favourite images or logos printed on them, or you could always crack out a can of spray paint and do something creative of your own.
The overall design here looks absolutely blinding, the Mech keyboard has a real sense of presence on the desktop and that is party due to its epic size! This isn’t a keyboard that would be suitable for those with trolley desks or narrow slide out keyboard shelves. The desk we are using here is 95cm (37.4 inches) wide and can accommodate it with ease, but one also has to consider the depth as the keyboard comes with a rather sizeable wrist rest section that cannot be removed.
The headset fits nicely on the desk, although it is begging to have a proper stand to store it upon, with those lovely aluminium panels on the side. I would hate to see this get scratched so I do recommend you invest in a mounting solution to store the headset, a quick Google of “headset Stand” will turn up something useful.
The mouse sits nicely on our CM Storm mouse mat and it is obvious that the three compliment each other well. The LED back lighting on the keyboard, the strip lighting between the keyboards wrist rest, the interior lighting behind the drivers of the headset and the strip light across the top of the mouse all feature strong lines and a glow that matches perfectly.
One of the big factors here is that these are all premium products, so price is something that has to be taken into consideration. While it can be tricky to work out a total price given that all these items are sold separately, so different retailers may have better deals on at any given time, we can give you our best estimate at time of writing.
The Pulse R headset clocks in at around £60 – £70 on any given day, putting it right in the firing line of products from Steelseries and Razer, fortunately it holds up well against them in terms of performance and in my opinion looks better than anything else in this price range.
The Mech will set you back around £130, although we couldn’t find any reliable retailer with stock in the UK at time of writing, however this is a new product range and it may take a week or two longer for distributors to get stock in Europe. While that may not be cheap, it is on par with the bulk of premium mechanical keyboards.
Finally we have the Reaper mouse which is priced at a reasonable £55, making it the cheapest (at least in financial terms) of the three items. At this price range it is highly competitive and it offers some of the best build quality is this price class, as well as an Avago sensor and Omron switches.
Total price for the set would set you back around £250, which I think is actually really good value for money. It is certainly not cheap, but when you factor in the level of performance and quality we’ve seen from these products it certainly sounds like a solid investment. Visually the products look rather epic and with the option to customise each on to your liking I can see the modding community falling over themselves to get a set of these.
There are few options out there in my opinion for those that want a matching set of peripherals, Mad Catz have a very uniform range with their RAT mice, STRIKE keyboards & FREQ headsets all sharing many design features, but they’re not as unified as the CM Storm range. The same can be said for Roccat, their ISKU keyboards and Kone mice look great together, but are not a perfect matching set. So the CM Storm range will go well for the purist, those looking for OCD levels of matching perfection.
On our test desk the mixture of black glass, aluminium panels and the white back lights this setup looks incredible and worth every penny of the £250 price tag. Performance in gaming and day to day use is faultless on all three products and there is little else that needs praising beyond that!
As I’ve said before, we’ve already reviewed this range of products and you can read our in-depth reviews via the links below (all links open in new tab).
Which do you prefer, the mouse, keyboard or headset? Or are you suddenly hating me for making you want to save up £250 for the complete set? Let us know in the comments section below.
Meteor Entertainment have just announced their latest update for Hawken which enhances its recent Ascension update with even more content for its Free to Play Mech FPS! The new update sees the release of the new Predator mech and Co-Op Bot Destruction mode with its latest HAWKEN: Invasion patch.
The Preadtor, a new medium-sized mech, adds another option to the ever-expanding pool of mechs already available. The Predator excels at ambush combat, it can prowl the battlefield cloaked by its Stalker ability,which provides both near-total invisibility plus a form of heat vision that can detect enemy mechs through walls. The Predator can easily hunt down and lay waste to enemy mechs,earning it a fearsome reputation as a true battlefield beast of prey.
Co-Op Bot Destruction allows players to team up in a desperate fight for survival. Player teams must battle their way through waves of AI drones and bot mechs, with mech-based Boss fights interspersed between the waves to keep the action constant and intense.
“We’re excited to be releasing a new mech and expanding our game modes for our community of players. The Predator is unlike anything we’ve released before” says Jason Hughes, Senior Producer at Adhesive Games, the game developer behind HAWKEN.
Adhesive CEO Khang Le of Adhesive Games adds “The latest update has again been driven primarily from the awesome feedback we continue to get on HAWKEN from the fans .” In addition to the new Predator and gameplay mode, the latest update also adds new repair drones, thruster design, three custom skins, and three solid camo colours.
I’m a big co-op fan and the new Bot Destruction mode is more than enough reason for me to fire up my mech once again, certainly cannot complain about a free-to-play game that just keeps on giving us more features!
Remember last week we took a look at the gorgeous Pulse-R Aluminum headset from CM Storm? And how we promised to follow it up again with another review from the same aluminium loving range of peripherals? Well here we are, delivering on that promise and we kick things off today with the CM Storm Mech mechanical keyboard.
Aluminium is the cool, of course aluminium has always been cool when it comes to designing PC components and peripherals, but it’s taken a brand like Cooler Master to realise that fact and bring something to market. Not content with just a single product, CM Storm have released a whole set of aluminium products, first we have the Pulse-R gaming headset that we reviewed last week, today we have the Mech keyboard and next week we will be looking at the Reaper mouse. While the three products are not sold as a set, they are designed to look great together.
Available for around £125 here in the UK the Mech isn’t exactly cheap, but in that respect, mechanical keyboards never are. While £100+ mechanical gaming keyboards are not uncommon, this price puts the Mech into the firing line of some truly fierce competition from Razer, Corsair and Ducky, all of whom have similar priced products that have proven themselves to be a solid investment. I have high hopes for the Mech, the Pulse-R headset was incredible and if the keyboard is half as good as that, we’ll be off to a good start. So let’s get right to the good stuff and see what CM Storm have to offer here.
As you can see from the specifications below, there are three switch types available, but the model we are taking a look at today is th SGK-7000-MBCL1 which features Cherry MX Blue switches. It is also backed up with 64 N key rollover, loads of macro functions, LED back lighting, dual USB 3.0 ports and a mini USB port for charging devices and 128k of on board memory (for macros and profiles settings).
The front of the box features a stylised image of the keyboard, as well as a quick run down of some of the major features. There is also a logo in the bottom right which details what kind of MX Switch the keyboard has, which in this case is MX Blue.
Around the back we have a few more specifications, as well as some close up images of the removable aluminium plate and the extra USB 3.0 ports on the back of the keyboard.
It’s also worth noting that this box is HUGE! Although given that mechanical keyboards are heavy to begin with and that this one has a slab of aluminium on top also, it’s nice to have that extra padding around it, especially if you order online.
Inside the box we see some foam padding and extra thick cardboard on the lid, as well as plenty of soft foam padding around the keyboard and a scratch proof cover over the keyboard its self.
Finally we see CM Storm have also added a protective film to any of the glossy plastic sections of the keyboard.
In the box we found a handy user guide that walks you through all the major features, a key cap removal tool, a small Allen Key and durable USB 3.0 cable.
Today marks the launch of a brand new range of peripherals from CMStorm (Coolermaster), not content with the typical black plastic models that are flooding the market, CMStorm have decided to add a a touch of metal to their designs.
The new Aluminum range peripherals feature, you guessed it! Aluminum panels. These panels can be removed and this allows for some unique customisations, you could have them engraved, printed on or maybe just attack them with a Sharpie, the choice is yours.
We got hands on with these recently at iSeries i49 and the build quality is fantastic. The Mech and Reaper each offer a huge range of profile and key customisations, check out the price and specifications below for more details.
UK RRP £149.99
Removable customizable aluminium front plate
All mechanical Cherry MX Keyboard – Guaranteed 50 million+ keystrokes
Powerful 32 bit 72 MHz Rapid Fire Engine for quick hardware Macro playback
Fully programmable! Store up to 5 Profiles and 75 Macros on the Keyboard
2 USB 3.0 Super Speed ports for Gaming Gear or Phone/Tablet charging
Full LED backlight – 3 modes and 5 brightness Levels
UK RRP £64.99
Removable customizable aluminium plate
Aluminum and rubberized coating body structure
8200 DPI high precision Avago laser sensor
1000 Hz polling rate with 1ms response time
128kB flash onboard memory
Ergonomic right handed design
8 fully programmable buttons
UK RRP £74.99
Removable customizable aluminium plates
Optimized for gaming – clear highs and powerful bass
Durable aluminum Plating – can be removed and customized
Cushioned ear cups and headband for noise cancellation and maximum comfort during long gaming sessions
Convenient in-line remote with volume slider and mic mute switch
Detachable microphone arm with noise-canceling mic system for clear in-game team chats
Stylish white illuminated ear cups and mic (USB powered)
Thank you CMStorm for providing us with this information.
Insomnia i49: Cooler Master are back in Telford for i49 and are teamed up with CyberPower UK to show off the latest in their line-up of headsets, keyboards, mice notebook coolers and chassis plus more.
One of the newest additions to the peripheral line-up is the Mech keyboard – being shown off in the UK for the first time. The Mech has a aluminium and steel reinforced build with professional cherry MX switches under the keys as well as 5 macro profiles offering up to a total of 75 macro combinations. The special feature of this board is its customisable capability. Cooler Master designed this board with the modder in mind, hoping that they will come up with a plethora of different designs and flavours to awe at.
Alongside the Mech, the ever popular Quick Fire Pro and TK keyboards are on display in a pair of colours and a variety of switch types – the blue switch so popular that Cooler Master’s event partner CCL ran out of stock on the first day of the exhibition!
Cooler Masters Trigger keyboard is regarded to have a great, strong build and to prove this, the team have a video on show demonstrating how Cooler Master put this to the test by running it over with a series of vehicles and testing it straight after.
Infinite Game Publishing is incredibly proud to announce that the MechWarrior Tactics Founder’s Program has been extended for fans as the game moves ever closer to Open Beta later this year. Fans can skip the queue for the game’s current closed beta with the purchase of a MechWarrior Tactics Founder’s pack, details of which are listed here.
“The success of our Founders Program for MechWarrior Tactics has exceeded our expectations in terms of sheer player numbers as well as capturing quality feedback and testing during this early phase of development,” said Kelly Zmak, President of Infinite Game Publishing. “We’re now at a point in development where we can confidently plot a course towards Open Beta and beyond.”
Fans can tune in to check out the latest closed beta build of MechWarrior Tactics tomorrow via a special live broadcast match between wildly popular YouTube celebrities TotalBiscuit and Angry Joe in a showdown to see who will reign supreme in this epic new turn-based strategy game set in the Inner Sphere. Tune in to cheer for your favorite game commenters in a Mech-fueled grudge match to behold, and catch it post-broadcast at www.youtube.com/totalbiscuit and www.youtube.com/angryjoe.
MechWarrior Tactics is the latest evolution of turn-based strategy blending tactical gameplay, deep collectability and unique online features as you command numerous Battle ’Mechs against an online opponent towards victory. MechWarrior Tactics allows players the freedom to collect and purchase combat and cosmetic resources to outfit each ‘Mech and assemble a Lance of four ‘Mechs. Master each ‘Mech Chassis, perfect insidious tactical maneuvers and develop endless new configurations in your Mech Bay. Assemble a Lance for the ages and keep one step ahead of both your friends and enemies.
The newest major changes to MechWarrior Tactics include alterations to the new Mech Library, which now works in tandem with the Mech Bay and allows players a much faster, cleaner and efficient way to create and customize both their Mechs and their Mech’s load outs – together with customizing those Mechs easily into various 4-Mech Lances.
Players can also now easily name their Mechs, and will see various updates to the user interface. Coming soon in the closed beta is the introduction of the re-imagined and re-engineered ‘Scrapper 2.0’ feature, allowing pilots to trade in any duplicate cards in their STACs (in-game collectible cards) and transform them into Scrap currency. Additionally, all new Training Systems will be implemented to further assist budding new MechWarrior Tacticians as the battle in their browser for domination of the Inner Sphere.
Today pilots across the Inner Sphere can add “Misery” to their list of weapons in their arsenals as Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing announce the long-awaited 85-ton Stalker Mech, Misery, now available in the Mech Lab for MechWarrior Online. Sporting top speeds of 48.6 kph and armed with four medium lasers, a Gauss rifle, a large laser and an SRM-6, this is what Misery truly looks like. Additionally this gigantic update brings pilots the chance to nab the new Jenner Champion Trial Mech as well as the hugely anticipated option to customize the color of all Hero Mechs – get all of the goods in the Mech Lab and start customizing now!
Also available in this latest update is the unique totally badass Buccaneer Premium Pattern. This pattern’s art direction was described by its artist as, “Some crazy, bearded, malnourished man with missing teeth going to work with a paint roller in the ‘Mech hanger while indulging in questionable substances. This mech painting bender happened after the force he was attached to made off with thirty tons of potatoes, women’s shoes, and stereo equipment from the last backwater planet they raided.”
“for those more communication-inclined, the Buccaneer Premium Pattern presents enemies with a taunting message that changes with each Mech type. It’s like wearing your heart middle finger on your sleeve, and shows enemies that you mean business to totally wipe them off the map forever.” – MWO
Proving again that enough is never enough, Piranha Games has also released an additional four new trial Mechs and three new cockpit items to start May off on the right foot: Trial Mechs include the Jenner JR7-F, the Hunchback HBK-4G, the JagerMech JM6-S and the Highlander HGN-732 – all of which can be taken out for a spin now in MechWarrior Online by fans eager to test out new options. To add to the personalization of the cockpit, statues for the Dragon, Awesome and Cicada are also now up for grabs!