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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries cover
Piranha Games
Piranha Games
2021-2022 Sold Out
2022-2024 Fireshine Games
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows December 10, 2019
Metacritic 73
OpenCritic 73
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Expansion pack, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Vehicle combat
Vehicles Robot
Art styles Stylized
Themes Sci-fi
Series MechWarrior
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on HowLongToBeat
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on IGDB
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on MobyGames
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on Wikipedia
Subseries of BattleTech
MechWarrior 1989
MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat 1995
MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries 1996
MechWarrior 3 1999
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance 2000
MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries 2002
MechWarrior: Living Legends (unofficial game) 2009
MechWarrior Online 2012
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries 2019
MechWarrior 5: Clans 2024

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a singleplayer first-person vehicle combat game featuring robots or 'mechs', and is the first 'mainline' singleplayer game in the MechWarrior series since MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries was released in 2002.

The game was initially announced on December 3, 2016 and was set to be released in 2018.[2] In 2018, the scheduled launch was delayed until 2019, and was made available to pre-order for a planned Steam release on September 10, 2019.[3][4][5] On July 25, 2019, Piranha Games announced that the game would release "exclusively" on the Epic Games Store and pre-order players could apply for a refund.[6] Pre-order players also received access to a closed beta, which became available on November 26, 2019.[7]

The game was released on Epic Games Store on December 10, 2019. The game was later released on the Microsoft Store on May 7, 2020, and unlike the Epic Games Store version, did not support mods.[8]

Modding is supported with an official Mod Editor tool, which requires a valid game purchase on the Epic Games Store. Mods can be hosted and downloaded through the related page on Epic Games Store, accessible from the launcher. Nexus Mods also has an active modding scene.[9]

General information

Official FAQ
Official Discord server Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Requires Epic Games Launcher to be running for co-op.[10]
Jumpship Edition also available.
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Jumpship Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC. Xbox Play Anywhere.
Jumpship Edition also available.
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Jumpship Edition also available.
The Dropship Collection includes the base game, Heroes of the Inner Sphere expansion and Digital Extras Content.
The Jumpship Edition includes the base game, Heroes of the Inner Sphere and Legend of the Kestrel Lancers expansions and Digital Extras Content.

Essential improvements

Skip intro video

Delete or rename video files[11]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MW5Mercs\Content\Movies.
  2. Rename or delete piranha-logo-sound.bk2 and legalsplash-pc.bk2.


Type Notes
DLC DLC include new campaigns, missions and 'Mechs.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Digital Extras Content
Heroes of the Inner Sphere
Legend of the Kestrel Lancers
Call to Arms
Rise of Rasalhague
The Dragon's Gambit
Solaris Showdown

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\MW5Mercs\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/784080/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\MW5Mercs\Saved\SaveGames\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\PiranhaGamesInc.MechWarrior5Mercenaries_\<string>\LocalCache\Local\MW5Mercs\Saved\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/784080/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing


Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.
Display settings.
Display settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert- gameplay.[12] See Field of view (FOV).
Vert- gameplay with an FOV slider to compensate.[13] See Field of view (FOV) for more.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
60° to 120° for Mech Cockpit Field of View and Mech Third Person Field of View. See Field of view (FOV) to increase beyond 120°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Options to choose are Low, Medium, High and Maximum. DLSS 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray traced lighting and shadows.[14]
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.

Field of view (FOV)

Modify config file to increase Mech FOV beyond in-game settings[15]
  1. Open the GameUserSettings.ini configuration file using a text editor.
  2. Find the following lines within the file:
  3. Change the numbers to any desired FOV value.
  4. Save and close the file.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Vertical and Horizontal axis. The sensitivity can only be changed for the missions. Between the missions when you are running around in the dropship the game will use hardcoded values.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
A gamepad cannot be used to navigate menus, and during out-of-mech FPS sections, only strafing works.[16]
Controller remapping
Face buttons and d-pad can be remapped, but movement and stick functions cannot be changed.[16] For unsupported HOTAS controllers, see HOTASMappings.Remap in Configuration file(s) location on how to add support.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controlled by Invert Y Axis for mouse and keyboard bindings. Inverting mouse look is necessary for look controls to be non-inverted on a gamepad.[16]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Mixed input causes problems for controller bindings - for example, the D-pad shortcut menu resets when there's any mouse input. Recommend binding all controller buttons to MKB inputs except the left analog stick so you can retain analog movement on a controller.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects and Voice.
Surround sound
7.0 surround.[17]
Gameplay and in-engine cutscenes only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download nexusmods.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX 3
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video 2

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-7100
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 55 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
AMD Radeon R9 280X
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build:[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/784080/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (784080) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Mastan on 2022-09-25
  2. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Announced at Mech_Con 2016 - last accessed on 2020-05-10
  3. - last accessed on 2020-05-10
  4. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries launches in September 2019 - last accessed on 2020-05-10
  5. FAQ - last accessed on 2020-05-11
  6. DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Jul 25, 2019 - last accessed on 2020-05-10
    "It has been officially announced that Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries will now be releasing on December 10th 2019 exclusively on the Epic Games Store... Fans looking to obtain refunds from their pre-order of any tier are able to do so by September 1st. Pre-order refunds of any tier will be refunded in full."
  7. Get Ready for the MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Beta - last accessed on 2020-05-11
  8. [ ] - last accessed on 2020-05-10
    "The Microsoft Store version of MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries does not currently support Mods. We intend to update the Microsoft Store version of MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries to support mods. This update would take place before the end of 2020."
  9. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries - Modding Resources - last accessed on 2020-05-11
    "Our goal is to streamline the creating, sharing and installing mods to be within one ecosystem. We still have some work to do regarding the packaging and distribution of mods and we aim to have that work completed before the end of February. Additionally, we look forward to Epic Games creating the functionally that allows our users to share and distribute mods through the Epic Games Launcher. Until then Nexus Mods is a great place to find and share MechWarrior 5 Mods."
  10. Epic Store games you can play without the Epic Launcher - last accessed on 2020-07-05
  11. Skip intro videos - last accessed on 2019-12-12
  12. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries official Discord - #general-discussion channel - last accessed on 2019-12-15
  13. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries - PC Ultra Quality (3440x1440) - last accessed on 2019-12-10
  14. PCGamesN - MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries now has ray tracing - last accessed on 2021-01-06
  15. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-12-20
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-12-14
  17. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-12-15
    Tested using Orban Loudness Meter.