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  • The release of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on Steam and GOG was postponed due to Cyberpunk 2077


    The developers from the Piranha Games studio said that the transfer of Cyberpunk 2077 to December 10 forced them to reconsider the release date for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on Steam and GOG, as well as the release date of the Heroes of the Inner Sphere add-on.

    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

    Initially, these events were scheduled for December 10, but now they have been postponed to the spring of 2021. However, the delay will allow MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries to be simultaneously released not only in new stores, but also on new platforms - Xbox Series and Xbox One.

    In addition, developers will spend additional time improving the base game, including artificial intelligence, user interface, art, customization, and content. Also, the authors will continue to customize the single-player campaign and new career modes.

    As a reminder, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries was released in December last year exclusively on the Epic Games Store, and in May this year it was added to the Xbox Game Pass library for PC. Previously, the Piranha Games studio was bought by the Enad Global 7 group of companies.


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