Nothing says mid-to-late nineties gaming like some shredding butt-rock guitars. Fitting, then, that Mechwarrior Online’s debut trailer should feature that kind of music in heaps. While not as immediately visually arresting as the other Mech game du-jour Hawken, Mechwarrior Online does have the instant familiarity factor of the vehicles being from the Battletech universe. It is also very obviously sim-heavy rather than the more immediate style that Hawken seems to be pursuing, take a look:
The “year of the Mech” will kick off later on this month when Armoured Core V launches on the twenty-third of March. From then we have Hawken, Reign of Thunder, Mechwarrior Tactics, Mechwarrior Online and the positively bonkers-looking Steel Battalion: Heavy Armour all slated for release later on this year.
Let’s hope that at least some of them are successes so that we can have definitive proof that there is still demand for games featuring giant robo-suits that are also deep and complex. I’d also put money on some kickstarter projects relating to games such as these cropping up in the near future. Honestly, I could only really be made more contented if this old-school return fever resulted in a new Freespace game coming out – I can but dream.