‘MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries’ Is Designed To Support VR

by Jamie Feltham • December 6th, 2016

These days, you likely associate the MechWarriror franchise with its most recent entry, the free-to-play, MechWarrior Online. Long before the series went in the multiplayer direction, however, it was a single-player experience.

The last solo entry in the franchise was 2002’s MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, an expansion to the original game released two years prior. Fourteen years on and MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries has been announced, not as an expansion but an original game. MechWarrior Online developer Piranha Games Inc announced the title this week along with a pretty vague 2018 release window. An internal team separate to the Online team is working on it. Though it wasn’t a part of the official reveal, it sounds like VR support could be included in the final release.

Speaking to a fan on Twitter, Piranha Games President Russ Bullock confirmed that the game was “designed” to support VR. Neither Bullock nor Piranha Games itself has responded to a request for clarification on if Mercenaries will definitely support headsets, though it would be strange to design a game for VR and then not integrate it, wouldn’t it?

Adding fuel to the fire, Lead Programmer Brian Windover noted that “native VR support” played a role in selecting Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 as the development tool for the project on a blog on Epic’s site. UE4 is indeed highly compatible with VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

According to an official website, MechWarrior 5 is set in 3015 where different states fight in deep space. Players take control of a BattleMech, a huge fighting machine that rules the front lines with its firepower.

It sounds pretty perfect for a VR game; housing yourself inside a giant war machine is one of the best experiences the tech currently offers, as seen in other releases like RIGS: Mechanized Combat League [Review: 8/10]. There’s still a ways to go until MechWarrior 5 releases, but it’s definitely one you should keep on your radar.

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  • wrapter

    make sure it supports SLI. thanks

    • Pistol Pete

      Good luck with that. Only real VR game that supports mGPU VR-SLI is Serious Sam. Croteam is such an awesome dev team!

      • UE

        This… now we need ss4 :p

  • Zerofool

    Can’t wait! I’m not really a fan of multiplayer games, I kind of don’t see the point of PvP. That’s why I skipped MWO, but MW5 seems to be a “must-play”. Let’s hope Piranha Games manages to capture the old time MW vibe (it kinda looks that way judging by the trailer).

  • Robbie Cartwright

    Wow. And this not even a week after I talked about the need for a VR land-mech shooter for PC with starblood arena’s entry on PSVR. Awesome!

  • Sebastien Mathieu

    AWESOME!!!!!!

  • cdm283813

    Exactly what I wanted to hear.

  • Mane Fit

    nice this is great news

  • WOW!!! RIGHT ON!!!
    Mechwarrior 4:Vengence was one of my fave games ever. Since this isn’t being done under Microsoft’s license, we might also see it ported to PS4/PSVR –hopefully.

  • Era

    S-s-supports VR?

    *hyperventilates*