Piranha arming new MechWarrior?

Source: Gaming news site Voodoo Extreme.What we heard: Microsoft may still be chafing diehard PC gamers with the recent closure of Age of Empires studio Ensemble Studios, but that wasn't the only outfit near and dear to PC gamers that the developer has put down. In September 2007, Microsoft...

Source: Gaming news site Voodoo Extreme.

What we heard: Microsoft may still be chafing diehard PC gamers with the recent closure of Age of Empires studio Ensemble Studios, but that wasn't the only outfit near and dear to PC gamers that the developer has put down. In September 2007, Microsoft shuttered FASA Studio, better known as the interactive gaming arm of acclaimed pen-and-paper role-playing game company FASA Corporation, creators of the MechWarrior, Crimson Skies, and Shadowrun IPs.

With both FASA Studio and FASA Corp. shot down--the latter of which went under in 2001--founder Jordan Weisman purchased the rights to his old company's catalog from Microsoft when he formed Smith & Tinker in 2007. "We're not quite ready to announce our plans for each property, but please be assured that our goal is to surprise and delight old fans while welcoming new fans to these fantastic worlds," Weisman commented at the time.

Nearly two years on, and the fate of one of those IPs may soon be revealed. Along with a coyly worded teaser, Voodoo Extreme today posted what appears to be a trailer for a new installment in the MechWarrior franchise. The nine-second clip merely shows a slick sports car parked in the middle of a deserted street in a futuristic city. As if disturbed by a walking earthquake, the car is jostled about by the approach of what appears to be a massive mechsuit, though only the leg of the exoskeleton is shown.

According to Voodoo Extreme's teaser, Piranha Games will be developing the MechWarrior title, though no platforms were specified. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Piranha was formed in 2000 and has contributed to a number of high-profile titles, including Medal of Honor Heroes 2, Need for Speed Undercover, and the recently released Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Pirahna's Web site also notes that it is currently working on "a AAA licensed franchise on the Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3."

The official story: Neither Smith & Tinker nor Piranha Games had responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: It's hard to argue with video evidence, but if anything is official, neither Smith & Tinker nor Piranha are ready to talk about it.

[UPDATE] A reboot of the Mechwarrior franchise has now been confirmed.

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128 comments
mick304
mick304

if it comes out I'm getting it, just as long as it supports PC

dragonsnap34
dragonsnap34

if they come out with another mechwarrior like this one im sold...add to my collection

GreaseyJuggler
GreaseyJuggler

@Habast If you're hurting for some mech action hit up the Mektek website and dl their MTX client. From there you can dl the beta for Assault Tek One. It's a rebuild of Mechwarrior 2 from the ground up. There's not much single player to speak of, but i believe you can do skirmish and possibly multiplayer, not to mention their re-release of MechWarrior 4 Mercenaries will be coming out at some point with all of MekTek's added content. Trust me, it's good stuff if you're a die hard.

Habast
Habast

AMEN john_doe2! I used to play Mechwarrior2 all the time, but now can't because it only runs on '95/'98. Mechassault pales in comparison.

Red-Beard18
Red-Beard18

Sim style mech game= failed launch on 360

john_doe2
john_doe2

This MechWarrior better be like the old simulator ones and not like the recent crappy MechAssault games. Seriously, I want a game that takes just a tad bit of strategy and thinking to win. MW3 was a blast back in the day. I loved strategically outfitting my mech and blowing other mechs apart piece by piece.

Red-Beard18
Red-Beard18

Praying for this game to follow more of the arcade action style than the simulation style....We'll see...

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

protip for the guy giving a protip down the list.. ive taken an atlas in a lightweight its not THAT difficult but is by no means easy. focus fire torso to cripple gyro then focus fire head for the takedown.

andreicucuiet
andreicucuiet

Now we just need 1 more thing(4 the pc of course)......new tribes anybody???(sry for the broken english)

CyberMew
CyberMew

anyone knows whats the link to the new game? i did a search and couldnt find it

JesseG88
JesseG88

For those of worried about it being console-only, don't worry. There will be a PC version, along with an Xbox 360 version.

cool1929
cool1929

fapfapfapfap And protip for that mech in video: You are facing an Atlas, run now and don't stop.

EYE0NE
EYE0NE

They have confirmed it over at IGN. With a 2 minute trailer and everything. It's not gonna be MechAssault. It'll be for PC and 360.

_NocturN_
_NocturN_

About time they made a new one. The mechwarrior genre has captivated a large audience for a long time. The inner sphere will be revisited once again. Lets rumble, lets shake the ground, dust off the saitek, upload a slick logo for my mech, pay cable, electricity, stock up on rockstar and pork rinds, lock the door, fire up the dropship and other stuff, I love the smell of LBX20's and coolant in the morning.

Dylanius
Dylanius

The last thing I want is another Mech Assault, as cool as it was. It was far too arcade-sy.. what we need is a cross between steel battalion and mechwarrior.

DieselCat18
DieselCat18

Reviving the Mechwarrior genre would be one of the best things to happen for PC gaming over the last several years. I believe there are just to many PC gamer that are starved for this kind of gaming action that's been far to long absent and would have a tremendous reception if brought back to life. With today's PC hardware the graphics would be sick and On-Line multi-player action would be over the top !!! .....I can see Clans forming now !!..... I'm really rooting for you guy's at Piranha to pull this together and bring back something that many PC gamers have been craving for a long while.......NO CONSOLE PORTS PLEASE !

john_doe2
john_doe2

Oh, and true MechWarriors fight from cockpit view, not third person mode!

john_doe2
john_doe2

If this a console exclusive I will be so pissed!!!!! I have been waiting for a TRUE MechWarrior sequel for a long time. I played MW3 and MW2:MERC way back in the day. MW3 was my favorite because it was so immersive and it captured the feeling of the Mechs perfectly. They just felt big and heavy like massive walking death machines. MW4 didn't capture that feeling at all and I am not going to even talk about the disgrace that is MA. My hope is that they will go back to the roots of MechWarrior and make it a true combat sim. I know that they want to appeal to the brain dead teenagers who just want to run around and shoot things, but if has big robots, big guns, big explosions, and great graphics then it should appeal to the brain dead teens just fine. Please make this a true MechWarrior game and not some arcadey POS like MechAssault.

Murrdox
Murrdox

Mechwarrior 3 was my personal choice for the best in series. The Mobile Field Base could make the game a bit too easy, but the way MW3 did Autocannons and Lasers were perfect. MW4 ruined it by making it too much like an arcade shoot 'em up. I hope we're getting more MechWARRIOR and this won't be another game like Mech Assault.

huskerman34
huskerman34

yipeee mechwarrior coming back to life? I really hope so.

NuKkU
NuKkU

ive never been a big fan in the MechWarrior games

CaptainFallout
CaptainFallout

Hellyes! I just hope its a Sim in the shadow of Mechwarrior2 but all were very satisfying

Nemesis4747
Nemesis4747

oh please please please! i used to live for the mech warrior 4 games, if they do make it i home they stick close to how those were made and not go along the lines of the Mech assault games

darklight86
darklight86

I think I'm going to have an internal ammo explosion.

Dylanius
Dylanius

Console mechwarrior (ala mech assault) can 'below' me. Give me another great pc simulator and Ill drool... or... mechlivinglegends.net Oh my god! What better reason to upgrade your comp to run crysis at max settings??

sportwarrior
sportwarrior

This is... exciting. Very exciting. Mechwarrior, Wing Commander, and X-Wing have all been in DESPERATE need of resurrection for years now... If this is what it appears to be we could all be in for a treat. Awesome.

doktron
doktron

Mechwarrior revived! Its about time!Giant robots decked out with lots of big guns,lasers and rockets dishing out loads of destruction...SWEEEEEET! I ve been waiting 8 yrs for a new mechwarrior game.With todays comps and graphic cards a new mech game would be amazing!Hopefully it dosent get saddled with consolitis and is developed properly for the PC, where it belongs.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

If it is another MechWarrior after all these years and it DOESN'T come to PC... someone will get hurt! It's been to long. I wouldn't mind another Crimson Skies either... that was fun.

11Mattinator11
11Mattinator11

Mechwarrior? This just screams for a multiplayer PC release. I've been in mech-withdrawal for so long; they need to come out with a new one to inject some life back into the once-great series. Just thinking about how awesome a new MechWarrior game with modern graphics and good gameplay will be is enough to cheer them on!

11Mattinator11
11Mattinator11

Mechwarrior? This just screams for a multiplayer PC release. I've been in mech-withdrawal for so long; they need to come out with a new one to inject some life back into the once-great series. Just thinking about how awesome a new MechWarrior game with modern graphics and good gameplay will be is enough to cheer them on!

azureblade89
azureblade89

If you're making Mechwarrior...go back to the roots of the game; don't continue the fail-sauce they were making. Come on Piranha, you can make a half way decent game! I believe in you!

umbrae
umbrae

I would love a good Mechwarrior game. Unfortunately, there have been lots of stinkers.

brilhasti
brilhasti

If it's a MechWarrior title I hope it's on the PC and not some watered-down, arcade-like game for the consoles.

brilhasti
brilhasti

For the love of god, please: new MechWarrior

damme
damme

We need a proper Shadowrun game.

RRouland
RRouland

OMG having MW back would be awesome! While I would be happy with a sim, how great would it be to have an MMORPG based on MW or at least a Privateer style game that allows you to start small, do missions, earn money and pimp your mech. I'm jazzed.

Zloth2
Zloth2

I hope there's a PC version, too - or maybe an OnLive version?

Megaship
Megaship

I'm excited, Mech Warrior is one of the best games ever. Mercenaries was the best.

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

I hope that they are serious about making a new MechWarrior game but if they do they better do an excellent good job on it. Otherwise they may tarnish MechWarrior's reputation of being a great series.

Ghaz013
Ghaz013

I hope MW is for PC as well

oldschoolKEN
oldschoolKEN

That foot gots to be Mad Dog! or storm crow, timberwulf, summoner, gargoyle, kit fox, jenner, nova, firemoth something! anyway hope its for consoles cause my pc lacks luster.

ldonyo
ldonyo

If you've seen the teaser trailers, you know it's MechWarrior.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

It's be weird for them to purchase the rights and not do anything with it. Not bogus sounds good to me.