Good Name *Snort*
So the beleaguered Mechwarrior Online has announced that they will be commencing the Clan Invasion. This came as a moderate surprise to most Battletech folks as, well, it’s a bit early for the full on invasion. Sure there were fights in 3049, most notably on The Rock, but most of the planets taken simply had no meaningful presence by Inner Sphere folks. But it’s certainly permissible by the timeline, if a bit of a stretch so –
Operation Revival is a Go!
Yeah. The Clans threw bloggers a bone here. Because lemme tell you MWO can really use a revival. There isn’t much in the way of numbers coming from the company, but Massively has had 1 story in the last two months. TheMittani.com has had 2 this month, and a handful in October. That’s it. Press coverage has fallen off a cliff because people who want to write about games want to write about good games, and MWO ain’t a good game. In fact it is a rather bad game. The community wanted it to be very good and when it landed with a bit of a splat they revolted, sending Piranha into a bit of a panic of balance patches that ended up introducing them to the Law of Unintended Consequences, with patches meant to balance things actually unbalancing them (poptarts? Gunboats?) and some fixes have taken excessively long to show up, like the UI fix. LRMs, SRMs,
Oh and the price. MY GOD. $240 to get a Masakari, $210 for a Mad Cat. (The two easiest to gunboat/poptart) You can get a Loki or a Daishi for “Only” $90 or $120. Be still my heart.
This comes just under 2 months after the last big addition, Project Phoenix, and it’s FAR more unbalancing. Clan tech is a very dangerous addition. For the uninitiated, clan ‘mechs have more firepower, more cooling, better speed, and better protection. In other words something like a Puma is going to win a lot of fights against a Centurion. A Daishi has the capability to laugh at an Atlas, and a Masakari will do terrible things to an Awesome. Heck a Mad Cat will tear apart an Atlas most of the time, and the Mad Cat isn’t even the best designed Clan ‘mech.
So we have a money grab, and one that will completely destroy the current game meta. Seriously these ‘mechs will make obsolete everything else out there on patch day. This is looting the place as it burns down. MWO was very promising, but ultimately flawed and the current state of the game all but a death sentence for it. Without a serious attempt to make a fun and engaging game out of the current product Piranha is running out of suckers to give them more money.
Maybe they can find an Operation: Necromancy to name the next pack after.