Piranha Games has just announced that Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries will be released on December 10th, exclusively on the Epic Games Store. Now I know that a lot of gamers were looking forward to this, so it will be interesting to see how they react now that the game will not be initially launch on Steam.
Like most Epic Games Store exclusives, Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries will be timed-exclusive, meaning that it will come out on Steam a year later.
Piranha Games stated that its partnership with Epic made it possible to further optimize the game, and that the game has a greater chance of market success on the Epic Games store.
“Partnering with Epic gave us the ability to delay our release to early December so that we could make the quality of game we desired as well as the financial footing to make sure MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries could be properly localized with a significant marketing effort.
We also feel very strongly about discoverability and believe that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries has a greater chance of market success on the Epic Games store.”
Regarding mods, Piranha Games stated that upon the game release, mod makers will be able to download the editor and everything they need to create full mods. Then early in 2020, the team will integrate the end user experience for mod makers to share their creations with the community.
Last but not least, the team stated that those looking to obtain refunds from their pre-order of any tier are able to do so by September 1st, and pre-order refunds of any tier will be refunded in full.
“Additionally, those seeking refunds will be able to keep all bonus MechWarrior Online content from the Standard, Collector and Ultimate Editions of the pre-order, which amount to $100, $180, and $300 dollars worth of in-game currency and content for MechWarrior Online including all bonus items like XP, premium time, badges, decals, cockpit items and more, depending on which pre-order tier purchased. “