MechWarrior Online to use CryEngine 3

Forthcoming PC resurrection of classic FASA franchise is set to use one of the most advanced engines on the market.

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MechWarrior's rebirth as a free-to-play PC-only title was confirmed just a few weeks ago, but few details other than its multiplayer focus were discussed. Details are still scant, but the engine powering the game has now been revealed.

Concept art or CryEngine 3? Hard to say.

Crytek announced today that Piranha Games has licensed CryEngine 3 and will be using it to power MechWarrior Online. The CryEngine is known for delivering technically impressive visuals in Crytek's own Crysis games, but it has also been put to use powering online-dependant titles such as NCsoft's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Aion.

Speaking to the merits of the CryEngine for MechWarrior Online, Piranha Games president Russ Bullock said, "It is definitely the best choice for us. Both the character animation pipeline with the procedurally and physics based animations and the destruction system fit our goals perfectly and allow us to develop a truly unique AAA experience based on the award-winning BattleTech Universe."

MechWarrior Online is slated to launch in summer 2012. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's recent coverage.

Discussion

40 comments
selbie
selbie

I wonder if the Living Legends Crysis mod influenced their decision. That game really showed the potential for a good MW game.

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

Also if publishing was such a problem when they wanted single player and no publisher (I'm assuming retail pubs) wouldn't take them in cause the game was SP and was on for the PC (OMG DA PIRACY!!) then why didn't they just make it a digital release on a non discriminating service like Steam, Gamersgate or Direct 2 Drive or something and keep the single player

Vorheez
Vorheez

They better not wreck this game I SWEAR BY ALMIGHTY ZUES

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

Why is there an also on tab saying it's on Xbox 360 when they've made it clear that it's PC only

killlo
killlo

Uziel FTW! Ok maybe not but I like it.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

CryEngine 3 is pretty nice. I really like Rockstar's Rage engine. That and Techland's Chrome Engine.

DJ_Headshot
DJ_Headshot

Awesome should be one of the best looking f2p games.

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

The video shown, I believe, is using the Unreal 3 engine, and not the CryEngine3. The video was a demonstration to provoke interest, not to represent the final product. One can hope, however...

blueliquidplus
blueliquidplus

I always loved the MechWarrior series but the Free to Play with licensing such a major engine puts me on the wary side of how bad the microtransaction system is going to be.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

@landsharkk Your right MW2 was a great great game.

_Roo_
_Roo_

@ALCHEMYSTO I used to play those at Dave and Busters back in the 90's. They were a blast.

_Roo_
_Roo_

I was hoping they would use Frostbite 2. IMO The destructibility would have been perfect for this game.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

There's such a huge lack of MechWarrior games out there (modern ones anyway). Even with the Free-to-play model, I'm still really looking forward to this game to release. Of course, a modern version of Mechwarrior 2 Mercenaries would pretty much be nothing less than awesome.

XanderZane
XanderZane

My new PC should be built by then, so I might get this. They should definitely make a version for consoles as well. MechAssault was one of the better Mech games, but so much more can be done in this genre. Can't wait for Steel Battalion.

Nodashi
Nodashi

Interesting. Too bad I hate the F2P monetization model. Release a full version for 60 bucks that unlocks everything and I might buy. Sens small packages of content for 10 bucks (for 300 dollars total per 6 months, like AoE online) and you'll make me laught.

Peazo
Peazo

Brings back a few memories. Now bring back Terra Nova :-) F2P always makes me a wee bit wary as I would rather buy a game than spend money ingame (if that's what they intend)

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

Im very curious how they plan on doing F2P AND support a massive engine like CryEngine 3. Very interesting.

Mr_Lo
Mr_Lo

Mech Warrior was amazing back in the day, I can't wait for this!

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

OK I am ready.....slowly build the hype between now and the summer with teeny bits of information released regularly. I can handle it. I have already decided to try it.

wsst
wsst

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Bigmike7717
Bigmike7717

sounds like the boys at Living Legends just jot a job offer. Good for them, im excited!

TotalGameAddict
TotalGameAddict

i want the computer to say "enemy mech destroyed" like in the old times

Masculus
Masculus

Hell Yeah! I guess they learned something with Living Legends!

namdar
namdar

I dont care what ya all think.... I cant wait to try this... Mech Warrior 2 was the best BTW :)

IceJester45
IceJester45

I was bummed when I read that MechWarrior would be a free-to-play title. Still, that's better than getting consolified. I want MechWarrior, not MechAssault, dammit! This CryEngine3 news is music to ears, though. A while back, somebody made a MechWarrior mod for the original Crysis. I never played it, but the videos looked good. Now, it looks like I finally get to try MechWarrior with Crysis (2!) graphics.

Agelu
Agelu

CryEngine 3? I guess that means you'll need no less than a MechPC to run it...

Granpire
Granpire

The action looks good, but the writing is shallow and uselessly profane.

firedrakes
firedrakes

you will need a hell of a pc to run the game correctly. if you want the full mech warrior game

hombreg1
hombreg1

hmmm just rememberd playing mech assault...

loopy_101
loopy_101

I guess this is following the success of the MechWarrior: Living Legends mod?

bignick217
bignick217

@Rocker6 Normally I would agree, but it doesn't specifically say that it's online only. However it does specifically say "free-to-play". So even if it is online only, the declaration of free-to-play at the very least warrants a trial of it. If you don't like it, then at least your not out of anything of value.

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

Awesome nice to see the standards for even free to play games rise

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

ah yes, cry engine, the other epically awesome game engine

Rocker6
Rocker6

Too bad its online only,that adds it to the "pass" list... Otherwise,I would actually be interested in what it has to offer...

rarson
rarson

I hope they fix the ridiculous waste of tessellation that the DX11 patch for Crysis 2 brought.