Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing announced today that MechWarrior Online, now features long-awaited 12 vs. 12 mech combat, this will really change the way the game is played. The new 12 vs. 12 combat is only part of the official 1.0 update. The latest enhancements to the game also sees the introduction of double XP for the first win of the day, allowing pilots to jump in and reap some extra reward for that oh so sweet, first win.

“The 12 vs. 12 game play changes combat dramatically”, said Bryan Ekman, creative director at Piranha Games. “Players now have a deep bench of options for a variety of strategies, more creative attacks and defense schemes and can alter their combat strategies in greater variety for each environment. This is true MechWarrior combat”.

An environmentally terrifying new map is also now playable for pilots wanting to test thermal limits in combat: Terra Therma. Drop in on this moon where pilots will be faced with ever-changing tectonic activity and violent volcanic eruptions. Rich in natural resources, Terra Therma is a valuable outpost – so valuable that Mech pilots, Mechs, and expensive automated extraction technologies are considered expendable….. Get stuck in!

Also storming in with the update is a New Hero Mech “Golden Boy”. The Golden Boy sports a 30 percent C-bill bonus, three SRM-6’s, two SRM-4’s and four medium pulse lasers. Check it out now in this official Golden Boy trailer:

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Set to launch on September 17th, find our more at the official site.