MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries cover
Developers
Piranha Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows December 10, 2019
Reception
Metacritic 74
OpenCritic 71
IGDB 73
Taxonomy
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 IGDB
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on MobyGames
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on Wikipedia
MechWarrior
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: Mercenaries is a singleplayer first-person vehicle combat game featuring robots or 'mechs', and is the last 'mainline' singeplayer 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.[1] 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.[2][3][4] 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.[5] Pre-order players also received access to a closed beta, which became available on November 26, 2019.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

General information

Official FAQ
Official Discord server

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (see notes)
Requires Epic Games Launcher to be running for co-op.[9]
Digital Deluxe Edition is also available.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\MW5Mercs\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor
%LOCALAPPDATA%\MW5Mercs\Saved\SavedHOTAS\HOTASMappings.Remap
Microsoft Store

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\MW5Mercs\Saved\SaveGames
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\PiranhaGamesInc.MechWarrior5Mercenaries_\<string>\LocalCache\Local\MW5Mercs\Saved

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Vert- gameplay.[10] See Field of view (FOV).
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- gameplay with an FOV slider to compensate.[11] 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°.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x-16x
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Options to choose are Low, Medium, High and Maximum.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Uncapped.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Modify config file to increase Mech FOV beyond in-game settings[12]
  1. Open the GameUserSettings.ini configuration file using a text editor.
  2. Find the following lines within the file:
    MechCockpitFieldOfView=120.000000
    ThirdPersonFieldOfView=120.000000
  3. Change the numbers to any desired FOV value.
  4. Save and close the file.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Vertical and Horizontal axis.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
A gamepad cannot be used to navigate menus, and during out-of-mech FPS sections, only strafing works.[13]
Controller remapping
Face buttons and d-pad can be remapped, but movement and stick functions cannot be changed.[13] For unsupported HOTAS controllers, see HOTASMappings.Remap in Configuration file(s) location on how to add support.
Controller sensitivity
[13]
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.[13]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects and Voice.
Surround sound
7.0 surround.[14]
Subtitles
Gameplay and in-engine cutscenes only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Russian
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Support for Nvidia's RTX ray-tracing technology via DXR, which requires D3D12, will be launched at a later date.[15]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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 system is required.

References

  1. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Announced at Mech_Con 2016 - last accessed on 2020-05-10
  2. https://www.polygon.com/2018/6/22/17493238/mechwarrior-5-mercenaries-delay-2019 - last accessed on 2020-05-10
  3. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries launches in September 2019 - last accessed on 2020-05-10
  4. FAQ - last accessed on 2020-05-11
  5. 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."
  6. Get Ready for the MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Beta - last accessed on 2020-05-11
  7. [ ] - 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."
  8. 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."
  9. Epic Store games you can play without the Epic Launcher - last accessed on 2020-07-05
  10. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries official Discord - #general-discussion channel - last accessed on 2019-12-15
  11. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries - PC Ultra Quality (3440x1440) - last accessed on 2019-12-10
  12. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-12-20
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-12-14
  14. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-12-15
    Tested using Orban Loudness Meter.
  15. WCCFTech - MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Won’t Support NVIDIA RTX and DLSS at Launch - last accessed on 2019-12-11
    "As to RTX, we just found out yesterday that we're not going to have RTX at launch. There is a large committed effort to bring RTX to MechWarrior as soon as possible post-release. I am afraid that is all the details I have on the matter as of this time. Since our game release is so close to the Christmas break I would expect there to be an update very early in the new year."