What do MechWarrior Online and Crysis 2 have in common?

by: Nathaniel -
According to Crytek, it's the engine.  They've announced today that the premium free-to-play (sounds like an oxymoron to me) MechWarrior Online will utilize the all-in-one game solution, CryENGINE3.  MechWarrior Online is set during 3049, with gameplay being built upon four pillars: Mech Warfare (pretty self-explanatory), Role Warfare that allows each player to customize their experience to fit their own playstyle, Community Warfare to let players battle other players for territorial control, and Information Warfare that lets you control the fight with information technology.  No release window is set yet, but you can visit www.mwomercs.com to register for the beta, get more information about MechWarrior Online, and reserve your pilot name.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CryENGINE®3 powers MechWarrior® Online™


Frankfurt (Germany), November 17, 2011 – Crytek GmbH (“Crytek”) is excited to reveal that Piranha Games’ recently announced premium free-to-play game MechWarrior® Online™ (www.mwomercs.com) will be powered by the all-in-one game development solution CryENGINE®3. Set in the year 3049 during the early stages of a massive interstellar war, MechWarrior Online puts you in command of the most powerful war machine to ever walk the field of battle, the mighty BattleMech™. Command your Mech™ and customize it to suit your battlefield role; upgrade systems, replace weapons, and tweak armor with endless options.

“Here at Crytek we are incredibly proud that Piranha Games have selected CryENGINE®3 to power their forthcoming Mechwarrior Online game,” says Carl Jones, director of Global Business Development CryENGINE. “2012 will see a new segment in the games industry – as free-to-play games will step up to offer true AAA quality to gamers. Both Piranha and Crytek believe in the potential of this market and we look forward to helping them achieve their vision for an amazing game experience. With our own game, Warface and more than 20 of our current CryENGINE licensees also working on AAA quality, free-to-play games, CryENGINE is becoming the technology of choice for the highest quality online games.”

MechWarrior Online delivers a rich online experience, rewarding everything a player does with experience points, C-Bills, unlocks, and recognition. Upgrade skills and refine your role in gameplay using an all-new leveling system, and up-to-the minute detailed player statistics allow you to compare, track and share your progress with other players.

“Working with CryENGINE is a true pleasure," said Russ Bullock, president of Piranha Games. "It is definitely the best choice for us: Both the character animation pipeline with the procedurally and physics based animations and the destruction system fit our goals perfectly and allow us to develop a truly unique AAA experience based on the award-winning BattleTech Universe."


MechWarrior® Online™ will focus on four distinct pillars

· Mech Warfare, the embodiment of Mech to Mech combat

· Role Warfare, the ability for player’s to customize their experience to suit their own style of gameplay

· Community Warfare, the ability to let the players take part in epic combat for territorial control

· Information Warfare, an element on the battlefield that incorporates information technology to help control the fight


Register for beta, get more information on MechWarrior Online and reserve your pilot name here: www.mwomercs.com.

About Piranha Games
Piranha Games Inc. was founded in January 2000 by Russ Bullock and Bryan Ekman. Piranha Games is focused on the core action games market and has worked on exciting IPs such as: Need For Speed®, Transformers® 2: Revenge of the Fallen and Duke Nukem Forever®. Please join us at www.piranha-games.com

About Crytek
Crytek GmbH ("Crytek") is one of the world’s leading independent development studios for interactive entertainment. It is based in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and has additional studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea) and Nottingham (UK). Crytek is dedicated to creating exceptionally high-quality video games for next-generation consoles and PC, powered by their proprietary cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CryENGINE®. Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has created the multi-award winning PC titles Far Cry®, Crysis® (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008 Awards) and Crysis® 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010). For more information please check www.crytek.com or www.mycryengine.com.

Crytek, Crysis and CryENGINE are registered trademarks or trademarks of Crytek GmbH in the USA, Germany and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 
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