Another day, another game being pushed back instead of taking the risk of being outshined by CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077. If you were not aware, one of 2020’s biggest games will be launching December 10. With another hopefully epic adventure that awaits, it makes tremendous sense not to give yourself a hard time by releasing your game on that very same date. That is the case for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and its DLC. Following a year of Epic Games Store exclusivity, December 10 would have marked the game’s arrival on Steam. In a smart move, Piranha Games has decided to delayMechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, as well as push the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC into 2021.
In a special announcement, the team shared their concerns on launching on Cyberpunk 2077 day. With the sales and marketing on the first day critically important to a game, releasing on the same day would not have been optimal for the team. A reschedule was the better choice. This would allow MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and the DLC to get the attention it deserves.
This means that both MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries – Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC will arrive on every platform in spring 2021. Steam, GOG, Microsoft Store, and even the Xbox console will be covered. This huge launch will coincide with increased marketing to shine the spotlight on the latest MechWarrior entry.
Benefits all around
In the meantime, the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries delay will give the development team more time to polish the experience. This will bring improvements and quality-of-life features for the base game. The AI, UI, art, customization, and the content will see a bump. The overall experience will also see some tweaking and balancing. Come spring 2021, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will be a better experience in all aspects.
While fans may be disappointed, the long-term benefits are clear. Having more time to work on the game is also a good thing. The delay will also not affect MechWarrior Online. In fact, it will likely be beneficial considering the additional attention it will receive. Prepare yourself for more news come next spring.