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#1 Bryan Ekman

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

With the release of our November 27th patch, players will now be able to customize the look of their BattleMechs. This visual customization is broken down into two parts: Camo Spec and Cockpit Items.

Camo Spec

Camo Spec is a cool way to change the way your BattleMechs look externally; by applying a customized pattern and up to three unique colors.

Patterns are categorized by type such as:
  • Camo (Dazzle, Woodland, Urban Block, etc.)
  • Custom (Phranken)
  • Special (PC Gamer)
Colors are categorized by:
  • Basic (CB only)
  • Premium (MC only)
  • Color (Red, Blue, Green, etc.)
  • Theme (Woodland, PC Gamer, Phranken, etc.)
Rules:

Not all patterns are available for every BattleMech.
  • Example: The PC Gamer pattern is only available for the Commando, Jenner, Hunchback, Centurion, Catapult, Dragon, Awesome, and Atlas.
Patterns have 1, 2, or 3 color channels.
  • Example: Default pattern has 3 color channels, Dazzle pattern has 2 channels.
Each pattern and color applied, has a cost.

You are charged for changes only.
  • Example: If you only change one color, you only pay for the one color change.
With each application you can make up to 4 changes. 1 Pattern, and 3 Colors.

When you apply a new Camo Spec to your BattleMech, any changes made will erase part or all of previous application.
  • Example: If you had previous applied the Dazzle pattern, then apply the Urban Block pattern, you will erase the Dazzle pattern. Your previously applied colors will not be affected.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:50 AM

Cockpit Items
Cockpit Items allow players to give their home away from home a personal touch by adding up to three decorative items. There are three places to add items: hanging, mounted, and standing.
  • Standing items sit in view at all times and take the form of bobbleheads, minis, statues etc.
  • Hanging items sit in view above the player and take the form of fuzzy dice, charms, necklaces, etc.
  • Mounted items sit out of view, to the left or right, and take the form of banners, pictures, etc.
Rules:
  • Purchased items are permanent. They cannot be sold.
  • You can buy more than one of any item.
  • There are 3 unique item types: hanging, standing, and mounted.
  • Each BattleMech can carry up to 3 items.
  • You can only have 1 item of each type equipped per BattleMech.
  • You can equip and unequip an item from any BattleMech.
  • Unequipped items are stored in your Cockpit Item inventory until equipped.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:58 AM

Cost
Players can expect to pay for Patterns, Colors, and Cockpit Items with MechWarrior Credits (MC) for the most part, with prices starting at 125 MC. Every BattleMech comes with at least one FREE default pattern, and there are 5 colors that can be applied using C-Bills (CB) only. The same general pricing applies to Cockpit Items as well.

Promotional Content
Many of you are currently enjoying some of MWO’s free content in the form of the PC Gamer pattern and Coconut Monkey bobblehead, or NVIDIA’s Dawn bobblehead. Expect to see more of these free promotional items in the future.

Achievement Content
As part of a larger plan to reward players for earning specific milestones or achievements, you can expect to see some great rewards coming online during the coming months.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:58 PM

Pattern Availability

As mentioned in the previous posts, not all patterns are available for all Mechs. See below.

The Commando, Hunchback, Dragon, and Awesome will not be able to enjoy the full benefits of Camo Spec until December 18th. The delay is largely due in part to converting the older textures to the new system. Each texture takes around 5 days to convert. The benefit, the new textures are way cooler.

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