MechWarrior Online adds new pre-order tier, Protector mech

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 5 September 2013 03:26 GMT

With just a few days remaining before MechWarrior Online’s official launch date, Piranha Games has added a new pre-order package to entice you in. Plus, check out the new Protector mech.

The Saber Package is available as a $30 upgrade to existing Project Phoenix pre-orders, and includes two new classic mechs – the Wolverine and the Griffon. The Phoenix variants of each come equipped with a 30% C-Bill boost, a 10% loyalty point boost, limited edition camo spec pattern and colours. With the addition of two further standard variants, it offers six Mechs in total.

Piranha Games has noticed high attach rates of the new package, as well as close to 10% growth and record concurrent player numbers since its latest update. One of the update’s main features is a tutorial, the first of several planned learning modules designed for new players.

The other major recent addition is the Protector mech, a Hero class. There’s a trailer below, but here’s the rundown:

“This powerful ‘Mech sports an Orion chassis and was first built in 2456. Initially designed as the ultimate BattleMech, the Orion chassis combines a powerful mix of long and short-range weaponry, not to mention its respectable 14 tons of armor. Though more modern advancements make the Orion chassis seem slightly dated, it still finds itself utilized extensively on the modern battlefield as it’s a ‘Mech that can handle almost any role in combat.

“This new ‘Mech has a maximum ground speed of 64.8 km/h and its spacious interior makes performing repairs and maintenance far easier than many other ‘Mechs. Fans who purchase this ‘Mech can look forward to a 30% C-Bill boost, making it a powerful addition to any Lance.”

MechWarrior Online is in open beta and launches on September 17.

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