MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a BattleTech mecha game developed by Piranha Games and released on December 10, 2019 on Microsoft Windows. It is the first single player MechWarrior game since 2002. It is available as an Epic Games Store exclusive title, which, like other games with Epic Games Store exclusivity deals, has been met with criticism, although it is also currently available through Xbox Game Pass for PC as of May 2020. It features ray tracing powered by Nvidia RTX as well as DLSS. It will also be releasing for additional platforms including Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Steam and GOG, in addition to the DLC pack Heroes of the Inner Sphere on May 27, 2021.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is set in 3015 during the final decade of the Third Succession War, casting the player as a rookie mercenary MechWarrior rising from the ashes of a demolished mercenary unit. The player takes the role of “Commander Mason”, the only son of Nikolai Mason, commanding officer of Nik’s Cavaliers, a small mercenary outfit whose home base is on the Federated Suns world of De Berry. Having come of age and taking a rebuilt Centurion through its paces with his father, this training mission is interrupted by a surprise attack by a mysterious mercenary unit demanding information from Nikolai.
Mason finally understands that his father originated from an unknown region of space beyond the Inner Sphere. However, his arrival was detected by ComStar. Knowing that he had access to LosTech, ComStar tracked him for years before finally sending Black Inferno to attack him at the beginning of the game. Unbeknownst to them, their prediction would come true in 3049 with the Clan Invasion, whose emblem was that red star found at that base. Nik’s Cavaliers hand over the data to Spears, who promised that Interstellar Expeditions would use it for the betterment of the Inner Sphere. Having avenged his father’s death and solving the mystery of his coordinates at last, Mason is finally at peace.
Level entire cities and decimate armies of enemy forces while piloting hundreds of unique BattleMech variants. Follow a path of interstellar intrigue in a quest for glory and revenge as the leader of a mercenary company reborn in the flames of near destruction. Manage the intricacies of running an expanding mercenary company, from the maintenance and acquisition of BattleMechs to the hiring of fellow MechWarriors. Fight alongside your friends with four-player PvE co-op support. There are destructible buildings throughout the entire game as well as enemy infantry on the ground that the player can step on or shoot. Specific story moments containing Violence (spoilers).