If you’ve played the tabletop games that MechWarrior Online is based upon, you know that factions and allegiances are a big part of those games. Whether you’re following a mercenary outfit or taking part in battle as a loyal member of a House military will have a major impact on sustained gameplay. The same is true now in MWO with the latest patch, which rolls out major updates to the game’s factional system and allows players to choose their factional allegiances.
Players can play freelance, join a mercenary company, or even sign on as a faction loyalist. Independent players can follow the freelance path, which frees you from any other obligations but also carries no major benefits over time; by contrast, earning reputation as part of a mercenary group or becoming a faction loyalist offers more rewards over time as well as giving the player more restrictions on matches. If you want to walk the path from independent operator to die-hard loyal soldier, you can actually do that in the game now.