MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a BattleTech mecha game developed by Piranha Games and released on December 10, 2019 on Microsoft Windows. It is the first single player MechWarrior game since 2002. It was initially available as an Epic Games Store exclusive title, which, like other games with Epic Games Store exclusivity deals, has been met with criticism.
On May 7, 2020 it was made available through Xbox Game Pass for PC. On May 27, 2021 it was made available on additional platforms including Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Steam and GOG, in addition to the DLC pack Heroes of the Inner Sphere. It features ray tracing powered by Nvidia RTX as well as DLSS.
The player takes the role of “Commander Mason”, the only son of Nikolai Mason, commanding officer of Nik’s Cavaliers, a small mercenary outfit whose home base is on the Federated Suns world of De Berry circa 3015.
In MechWarrior 5 Having come of age and taking a rebuilt Centurion through its paces with his father, this training mission is interrupted by a surprise attack by a mysterious mercenary unit demanding information from Nikolai. Refusing to divulge the coordinates they seek, Nikolai orders his son to return to base and flee aboard the unit’s Leopard-class DropShip, sacrificing his life to ensure their escape.
Reduced to just two Mechs in MechWarrior 5, Mason and the survivors of the Cavaliers (Ryana Campbell, the operations officer of Nik’s Cavaliers whom Mason considers family, and Fahad Arazad, the chief technician) reach out to Sebastian Spears, a high level agent of Interstellar Expeditions and a long-term friend of his father who provides assistance in escaping the system. Armed with a reused mercenary registration number to mask their origins, Commander Mason must rebuild his command to locate and defeat his enemies and avenge his father, as well as uncover the secret his father took to his grave.
As Mason completes missions over time, Nik’s Cavaliers’ reputation grows and they build up a lance of progressively stronger Mechs with veteran pilots. After leaving Davion-controlled space for Marik space in search of leads, they finally learn the name of the mercenary outfit who attacked them: Black Inferno.
Through a series of skirmishes against Black Inferno taking place from Marik space to Steiner space, including one which almost turned disastrous when Black Inferno ambushed them, Mason finds out that there are in fact two person responsible for his father’s death: Andreas Kane, leader of Black Inferno who piloted the King Crab that killed Nikolai, and Kenzo Yamata, who gave the order. Yamata is a representative of the immensely powerful ComStar, Black Inferno’s benefactor.
At Spear’s recommendation, Nik’s Cavaliers raids Black Inferno’s repair and salvage base for stronger Mechs in preparation for an attack on Black Inferno’s stronghold. Zavarov, an elite officer of Black Inferno who participated in the attack on De Berry, pilots Nikolai’s Victor as a form of psychological warfare against Mason. Nonetheless, Mason kills her and retrieves his father’s Mech.
In MechWarrior 5 With enough firepower at last, Nik’s Cavaliers launch an all-out attack on Black Inferno’s final base. There, Mason faces off against Kane in his King Crab. Though Mason prevails and even destroys the entire Black Inferno base, Yamata had escaped using Kane as a distraction.
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