MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries may not release until 2018 but eager fans attending Mech_Con this holiday season will be among the first to get hands with the game.

After years of building out the deepest and richest MechWarrior experience ever with MechWarrior Online, developer Piranha Games is taking all of that work and delivering a true followup the beloved classic franchise with a true story-based PvE followup to the original simulator series with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.

Mech_Con is a special one-day event dedicated to the celebration of BattleTech and MechWarrior and is hosted by Piranha Games. The event features fellow MechWarrior and BattleTech creators and developers Harebrained Schemes and Catalyst Game Labs, and attendees can participate in panels, Q&A’s, 1v1 MechWarrior Onlinematches, win prizes and giveaways throughout the day, and more. This year’s event will be held at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel and Ballroom in Vancouver, and the just-launched Mech_Con website hosts the event’s schedule, travel and booking details and more.

Also home of the MechWarrior Online World Championships, fans attending Mech_Con in person and watching on Twitch from around the world have a chance to see which team will be crowned World Champions as they compete for the lion’s share of a cash prize pool. Last year’s inaugural tournament saw EmpyreaL, the North American MechWarrior Online team, lay waste to the competition and take home the title. More than 1,224 pilots from around the world entered the MechWarrior Online World Championship tournament, and the Regional Qualifying phase for 2017 is already underway.

This year, attending fans can also get the jump on the first impressions for the upcoming MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and be among the first to hear announcements and reveals in store for the title. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will feature intense PvE ‘Mech combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice. Featuring an advancing timeline starting in the year 3015, players will adopt the role of a green MechWarrior mercenary thrust into combat as the Third Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere, the vast region of colonized space surrounding Earth. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only require skill on the battlefield, but in the maintenance and enhancement of your BattleMechs.

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MechWarrior 5 is being built by a separate team at developer Piranha Games and unlike the free-to-play multiplayer only game MechWarrior Online which was built with CryEngine, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is being built with Unreal Engine 4. Both games will exist and grow together as separate games.

Fans interested in the Mech_Con event, getting hands-on first with MechWarrior 5, and/or seeing the MechWarrior Online World Championships live can head to the official Mech_Con website. Tickets for Mech_Con can be purchased here.

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries releases 2018 for PC.

Source: Piranha

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