Free release of MechWarrior 4 approved

Microsoft signs off on MekTek Studios' distribution of FASA Studios' 2000 PC mech sim, launch expected soon.

Last July, Smith & Tinker--an offshoot company born from the demise of FASA Studios--announced that it had given MekTek Studios permission to release MechWarrior 4 online for free, in honor of the BattleTech series' 25th anniversary. However, the plan hit a snag when the pair realized Microsoft would also have to sign off on the move.

MechWarrior 4 lets players control giant robots and blow stuff up, but in a sim sorta way.

It looks like the complimentary launch of MechWarrior 4 will instead mark BattleTech's 26th anniversary. MekTek today announced that it had received clearance from Microsoft's legal department to distribute the game for free.

Developed by FASA, MechWarrior 4 received strong reviews upon its launch in the 2000 holiday season and was lauded as an accessible point of entry for the sim-heavy series. The game received a handful of expansions that were also planned for free release, as well as a stand-alone sequel titled MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review of MechWarrior 4.

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Freakin_Out
Freakin_Out

@starduke Thanks mate, the MechWarrior series has been my favourite games for a long time. I'm really looking forward to a MechWarrior 5 /crosses fingers

starduke
starduke

@Freakin_Out And everyone else: You can get MechWarrior 4 at mektek.net. You'll have to download their thing called MTX to dl the game (they use torrent, and MTX is what they use for the torrent), but it's well worth it, IMO. It does run on 7, and it even runs well on my laptop.

WarsongLC
WarsongLC

Its tweaked just fine.. even has wide screen abilities. As part of their deal to release it for free they got permission to update the code and make modifications. Runs like a champ under XP, Vista and 7 without modification.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

if the free Mechwarriors game is not tweaked to run on modern machines it is going to be a b+++h to get it up to run. I do not have to wait for it being I still have all my CDs relating to Mechwarrior. What I would like to know is the status of the new mechwarrior game.

Freakin_Out
Freakin_Out

Where can i download this game? I can't fine it :(

Travis281
Travis281

@ax23000 You're right, some games are worth $5, my problem with Nintendo is that they are famous for repackaging the same 'ol content a hundred different ways. Did you buy Super Mario 3, Super Mario All Stars, Super Mario Advance? They don't care how many times you buy it, they will find a new and exciting way to get you to buy it again. Sure their virtual console games don't need to be free, but they could offer you a bit of a discount for buying such an old game, that in all liklihood, you have played before.

ax23000
ax23000

@Travis281 - Just about every company out there sells old games--why single out Nintendo? And since when did something being old mean it should instantly be free? I suppose I should blame movie studios for selling King Kong, Citizen Kane, etc. Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and many more NES games are easily worth 5$. Hell, Nintendo could have charged substantially more and still had strong sales I suspect. Don't get me wrong, I love that this game is coming out for free. But that's a gift from the developer, not a right. Any company should feel free to sell games they own--no matter when the game was developed.

whitejackel
whitejackel

So where can you DL this then i used to own it. :D

Travis281
Travis281

Some companies release games from 10 years ago for free while Nintendo continues to charge $5 for their games from 25 years ago.

alixkid
alixkid

/Cheer I love this Game Been playing it since the Pencil and paper days. Was very Sad to see that the old Fasa interactive was bought by M$ and changed to there own inhouse studios. Way better than Robotech.

pineapplearmy
pineapplearmy

It's so great to see really good games like this have additional lives as free content. I'm over thirty, and I hope that I'll be able to download lots of the great games of my childhooh for my own kids. I think it also bodes well for future developers to have a sense of the history of gaming and gameplay. These old games offer tons of features and ideas that I think could enhance the developement of future titles.

sophospeare
sophospeare

Good on MS for doing the right thing! I have all the Mechwarrior 4 stuff already, but it'll be good to get it digitally on my laptop. Hell, it should run great on a netbook! Hopefully they tweak it to ensure compatibility and make sure it runs good with widescreen monitors though.

doktron
doktron

I have almost all the mechwarrior games, including 2,3, 4, and mercenaries.These were fantastic games and no other robot game even comes close. I hope they release Mech 5 eventually.With todays graphics and destructable environments a new mech game would be amazing.Can't wait!

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Great. I'm going to download it soon. 8)

dj_jazzy
dj_jazzy

yess amazing now i will be back on this game!!

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

I still love MechWarrior on SNES.

gzader
gzader

Bought it, loved it, still have it, will play it again!

benbonney
benbonney

wow free before its licensing runs out, ya dont see that much in a game. Only costs about 2 quid for the game and the black knight expansion and a 2 more for mercs

Banshee
Banshee

Original game size- 600 megs. User made maps, mods and patches- 500 gigs. Free is good. Mech 5 is in the works too if I remember

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

That is awesome. But nothing is better then playing Mechwarrior in a Tesla 2 pod.

WarsongLC
WarsongLC

a new DX10 and rumerd Physx capable Mechwarrior game is in the works. The trailer (suposedly taken from real in game footage) looks awsome.

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

YES!!! Ok, now let me read the article to see what this means...

monson21502
monson21502

im gonna get my mech fill from lost planet 2.

blueliquidplus
blueliquidplus

@GOR_TAK - M$ was the publisher and has the rights to deny distribution.

WarsongLC
WarsongLC

@GOR_TAK because microsoft published the mechwarrior 4 series.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

Why would this studio need M$ "approval" to release it for free for PCs? The company is not owned by M$, nor is the IP AND no one needs permission to develope for the PC platform. What am I missing? And a decent mech game is desperately needed for consoles.

storm_trooper10
storm_trooper10

I've played the third game, however I never had a chance to play the forth one. This is a good oppotinuty. Thanks FASA.

PredatorRules
PredatorRules

good game but waiting for the new game to come out - epic game it's gonna be!

Johny_47
Johny_47

I remember playing Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries back when I had my crappy s**ttop that could barely run it =P I still loved it though it was great fun. Nice, well done Microsoft, I miss FASA studios because I loved Shadowrun.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Microsoft should have bought the rights and sold it on XBox Live for $5. lol!! I'd rather play it on my XBox 360 then the PC. I did play and beat MechWarrior and MechWarrior 2 on the PC many, many years ago. Both games were awesome for their time. I wonder when this will be released for FREE Download?

DJ8WORK
DJ8WORK

cant wait to play this online :P

Trogeton
Trogeton

wow that so reminds me of that old xbox1 game mech assult

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

MechWarrior 2 was also one of my first PC games. Flight sims brought me into gaming really. But, I remember seeing Mech 2 running on a PC in my Fort Carson PX, and it was one of the coolest things I ever saw. I am looking forward to playing Mech 4 for free, and will be counting the days til its true successor is released. This news is great. @Zloth2 Chill Zloth! PC games are the ONLY ones that stand the test of time. There are communities out there still playing PC games from the nineties, and going strong. The PC gaming community is BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS better than any XBox or PS3 online community out there. Far more helpfull and newb friendly. You don't have to deal with those pesky pre-teen, puberty fueled a-holes that XBox Live and PSN are littered with. Good PR move MS. It is about time you took one for the team ;)

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Well this will be totally worth a download. I have really fond memoires of Mechwarrior Mercenaries.

lindallison
lindallison

Personally I never liked Mech4....Mech2 and to a lesser extent, Mech3, were amazing however. I do hope releasing Mech4 for free isn't the end of Smith & Tinker's contribution to the franchise's longevity. The news blackout regarding the Harmony Gold situation has tested my optimistic nature.

comb5
comb5

I had Mech Warrior 2. lol. Good times. That was like my first experience with PC gaming.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

hey, if they did this on the 360, id be the first guy at gamestop snagging a copy. a FREE game? a free full game? wow.

Landrack
Landrack

Definitley will give this a try. Heard it was a really good game.

Captain_Tom
Captain_Tom

@blangenakker That was MechAssault. The series on PC places much more importance on the balance of manoevurability and firepower and thoughful selection of weapon loadouts before a mission. Less arcade, more nerd, but pretty good.