A tactical BattleMech simulation set in 3050 AD. As a pilot known as a "MechWarrior", you are about to take control of the most powerful mechanical battle units the universe has ever seen.
What is the timeline of MechWarrior Online?
The game is set in a 1:1 timeline with the BattleTech universe, meaning that the current year 2013 equates to 3050 in BattleTech lore and each day that passes in real life also passes in the game. This means we are on the brink of the upcoming Clan invasion and utilizing the latest in technology available in the 3049 timeframe.
What is a BattleMech?
A BattleMech is a heavily armored combat platform which utilizes an internal structure similar to a skeleton, along with actuators (joints), and myomers (muscles). When combined, the BattleMech takes the form of a giant, rough, bipedal humanoid. BattleMechs typically weigh between 20 and 100 tons and fall into one of four weight classes: light, medium, heavy and assault.
BattleMechs have various weapon systems that include energy (lasers/flamers/particle projectiles), ballistic (autocannons, machine guns, Gauss), missile (long range missiles, short range missiles, streak short range missiles) and a variety of electronic monitoring/targeting systems. In conjuction with all of this, a BattleMech utilizes a series of heat sinks to help dissipate the large amounts of heat all of these weapons and electronics generate.
A BattleMech is an enclosed environment with the ability to operate in all types of atmospheres including under water and zero-gravity.
The interface between a pilot (MechWarrior) and a BattleMech is the neurohelmet, which connects the pilot to the BattleMech in a highly agile and direct drive approach.
A true MechWarrior knows the operational limits of the BattleMechs they pilot, which cover a myriad of areas such as heat, mass, and critical space. These areas are always on the mind of a MechWarrior, especially how the systems are performing under the stress of combat.
How does gameplay work?
MechWarrior Online puts MechWarriors into team-based and tactical battlefield where the victors swim in the spoils of war and are rewarded with the almighty C-Bill (in-game currency).
Each team has up to 12 players and the two teams are pitted in combat in an enclosed battlefield. Communication is key, be it in-game chat, integrated C3, or a third party VOIP solution, keeping in constant communication with your teammates will drastically increase your team’s chances of success.
The various weight classes of BattleMechs help create their own evolving roles on the battlefield. Fast moving scouts can feed target and tactical information back to the main battle group and the team commander. This information allows the support and assault role pilots to decide where to put their resources to work. Long-range fire support and heavy hitting assault class Mechs will use this invaluable information to finish the job at hand. It is up to you, the pilot, to customize your BattleMech’s loadout and electronic systems to fulfill the role you want to take.