MechWarrior 5: Free updates for mercenaries may be a big improvement

when Mecha Warrior 5: Mercenary It was launched in 2019 and is a seriously flawed game-to a large extent, it still exists. But the developers of Piranha Games have been constantly applying new updates to improve this situation. The next attempt announced on Thursday is the free update on September 23, which allows players to bypass one of the biggest flaws in the game.

Mecha Warrior 5 The focus is on the spear, which is a formation of four fully armed centralizing robots called Mechs. In a multiplayer game, you can make other people your three gun buddies, but in a single player game, the other members of your team are controlled by AI. At the time of publication, that artificial intelligence was very stupid. It’s as stupid as “protecting the people living in the apartment building by charging through the apartment building.” The situation has improved, but the system for issuing commands in the game still lacks quite a few nuances.

Once the mission starts, you have only four options to command your AI-controlled gunner. You can tell them to go somewhere, you can tell them to stay where they are. You can let them follow you, or you can let them attack your current target.

That’s it.

It’s a bit like sending a US Air Force fighter pilot on a $1 billion aircraft on a mission and telling them to make up during the execution. As a result, I found unnecessary damage to my hard-won refurbished mech collection and the targets we were trying to protect. Focusing firepower on the enemy and using the different long-range weapons installed on all my mechas is basically nonsense.

Mecha Warrior 5: Mercenary Two new biomes are being acquired through paid expansion. They include big cities like this.
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With the September 23 update, Piranha will increase the ability to switch instantly between mechas. This will allow players to take turns controlling each of their three gunners, and then return to their personal mecha after they complete the chaos. This should make setting up ambushes and using long-range weapons more effective than they are now.

Piranhas also joined melee combat. It has been a fixture for table games for a long time, and it is a welcome addition to this digital iteration.

In addition to the free updates that all players will receive, Piranha has also launched a story-centric extension called The legend of the Kestrel SpearmenThe announcement was made on the first day of Gen Con, the largest tabletop game conference in the United States. This is poetic, because the expansion focuses on one of the most evocative chapters of the board game-and one of Gen Con’s biggest special effects.

In 1988, the then franchise owner FASA held a wedding at Gen Con for the fictional characters Melissa Arthur Steiner and Hanse Davion. The union brought together the Lyra Federation and the Davyn family to create a new superpower. They even brought cakes. From our 2017 review:

Original wedding invitation distributed on Gen Con 21 in 1988.
Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon

At that time, the groom gave gifts from neighboring countries to the bride. His invading fleet is already on the way, falling from the orbits of dozens of worlds, blazing into the sky.

“Everyone in the audience is looking under the cake,” said Jordan Weisman, co-creator of the BattleTech and MechWarrior franchise. “There, on the plate, are all the planets that have been invaded because they are sitting there.”

An epic game followed one after another. Players in the audience were pulled up from their seats to engage in fictitious battles. These battles will become supplementary material for the next round of novels and games.

The legend of the Kestrel Spearmen It will tell the story of the same fictional period, the Fourth Succession War.It means leaving Mecha Warrior 5Existing sandbox structure. It will include 14 missions and 7 missions, and stage large-scale conflicts on the hand-made battlefield.

Free updates and paid DLC will be released on Windows PC via Steam, GoG and Epic Games Store at the same time, as well as versions for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.You can find more details here Official website, Although Piranha did not announce the price The legend of the Kestrel Spearmen Thursday.