MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is delayed until December and made an Epic store exclusive

    
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So here’s the breakdown. MechWarrior Online is the multiplayer shooter developed by Piranha Games based off the longstanding single-player series of shooters. Piranha Games later started work on MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the single-player shooter that’s an actual sequel to the prior series. And it has been delayed a lot, getting delayed again to December 10th of this year when it was originally planned for 2018. It’s also now being sold as an Epic Store exclusive, with no way of playing the game without going through that particular storefront.

This has some players up in arms in no small part because they had already paid for the game months ago without any announcement of platform exclusivity. Piranha Games has offered to refund anyone who no longer wishes to purchase the game, with refunds open until September 1st and the special items that had already been offered for MWO not being revoked for refunds. It’s kind of a tangled mess, and your mileage will vary for whether you think it’s a tale of greed, a minor change in storefront, or just a reminder not to pre-order things this far in advance.

Source: Official Site, Refund FAQ via VG24/7, Polygon; thanks to Juan for the tip!

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Barantor

It’s even a little worse than that, SidAlpha covered it well as they had an “AMA” (in quotes because they admitted to cherry picking questions) on their backer exclusive discord.

It’s all just another trash of the community by PGI, who has a history of bad PR.

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Crowe

That’s a shame. I’d been looking forward to MW5. Oh well. Maybe some day it will release for a platform I have.

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Mick the Barbarian

You don’t have a PC?

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Daniel Miller

I was one of those backers months ago. And was told steam key. Today, i find out its epic. From here, not a pub email.

Spellcraft, Shenmu 3, and this game all preordered. Stated steam. But turned epic.

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Michael18

Actually, with something like GOG Galaxy 2.0 (which works great, btw) it isn’t even that bad anymore to have games scattered across a few stores. Some disadvantages remain, of course, but at least you can manage and launch everything through one UI and see your entire library in a single list, compare play times across stores, etc.

Still, I’d never buy on the Epic store because I dislike Epic’s business practices and don’t want to support them.

Haven’t even connected the Epic store to GOG Galaxy, even though I own some of the games they gave away for free. I’d rather buy those again during a sale, if I wanna play them, than actually use Epic’s launcher, lol.

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Koshelkin

Oh, good you mention Gog 2.0. I wanted to check the progress on it and forgot about it. Thanks!^^

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Mick the Barbarian

I’ll be using GOG 2.0 for all my going goodness?

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Sorenthaz

Pretty much every time a publisher goes to the Epic Store exclusivity deal it’s always about the $$$ that Sweeney and crew pay upfront. That and they usually handle the refunds as well, plus if it gets poor initial reception they can always relaunch on Steam in 6-12 months, so there’s basically no negatives for them other than initial backlash.

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Richard de Leon III

There’s a possiblity people who waited for a non-Epic release might not even bother at that point, especially if all the flaws of the game are revealed before then. A year from now I might just skip MW5 and just use that money on another game. Maybe just look for MW5 in the 5 dollar bargain bin/sale.

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s kinda my policy, which I already apply to games that use Denuvo; for me to purchase a game that has ever used Denuvo it needs to not only remove Denuvo but also to be on sale for 66% off or better. I’m going to apply the same policy for games that ever were Epic exclusives; I will only purchase them after the exclusivity has ended and only at a third of the initial asking price or less.

This doesn’t mean I’ll be reducing how much I spend on games, at all; instead, the money I would usually be spending on games that went the Epic exclusivity route I will be spending on games that are available on Steam or GOG (and whose publisher didn’t sign an exclusivity agreement for that game, but since neither Steam nor GOG use those, any game I can purchase from either storefront is guaranteed to not make use of that blasted anti-competitive and anti-consumer arrangement).

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Arktouros

Mechwarrior / Battletech has a special place in my heart. It’s what got me started in a lot of nerdy stuff from the old tabletop and miniatures (which I still have) to Mechwarrior 2 on Kali as one of my first experiences with being online. In almost every case it’s an instant buy for me, and I loved the recently released Battletech and instant purchased all the DLCs for it.

However I’m not going through the Epic Game Store. This isn’t “rage” or any nonsense, it’s just a bad storefront with an abominable business model of buying exclusives instead of spending that money on things like improving the store front with the standard features we’re used to from the alternatives. They don’t implement those features because it would make them have to lower the % cut they’re giving to developers to support said features just like Steam does. If they do that they couldn’t sit up top their high horse and preach about how magnanimous they are while ignoring the fact it’s us, the consumers, who are paying for that generosity by getting an inferior platform.

Just ends up being another checkmark added to the reasons why my VPN subscription is slowly paying for itself.

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Mick the Barbarian

I for one don’t care and am ok with Epic.

Actually, I see Steam’s dominance of the market as a problem down the track. When Steam becomes a public company, they will be beholden to the shareholders and that monolith that gamers have built will be a real problem for the industry.

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Darthbawl

Oh boy, another week, another EGS exclusive, another round of rage. I’m not a particular fan of these exclusivity shenanigans but not to the point of raging. Nice that you can actually get a refund at this point.

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Peter Hassel

Another game I won’t be playing then. Oh well.