MechWarrior Online has a video teaser out to drum up recruits for their beta testing phase. If you want in early to a MMO mech strategy/tactics game then now’s your chance.
I’ve been following MechWarrior because of the bad blood between Piranha Games and Harmony Gold who work with Palladium for Robotech licensed products. Harmony maintains that Piranha are using designs that belong to them. Urg. IP law.
However, I’ll admit that this trailer looks surprisingly good. Okay. The visuals look good – I get that and these days I expect that. What interests me is the thought they’ve put into the game world design. Caustic Valley is hot – so over heating is a problem and this effects big mechs more than light mechs. Some weapons to better here because there are some long range target zones but also places to hide. Some scanning technology doens’t work as well here.
In short, Caustic Valley brings important tactical considerations to the game and I’m sure that’s exactly the sort complexity the gameplay needs in order to appeal to the intelligent Mech fanbase.