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Heavy Gear Assault Stomps Into Early Access

Not pictured: stomping.

Correction: An earlier version of this post said the game was free-to-play, following outdated information on the game’s site. No, it won’t be free-to-play, but it will sell instant unlocks for folks who want them.

When Activision lost the BattleTech rights to make MechWarrior games, they turned to a Heavy Gear license to fill the ‘stompy murderbot combat’ hole in their lineup. Well, MechWarrior games returned in the ongoing nostalg-o-rama, and Heavy Gear’s back too.

Stompy Bot Productions and MekTek (those folks behind the revamped free re-release of MechWarrior 4) failed to Kickstart Heavy Gear Assault [official site] in 2013, but they kept on toiling and tinkering anyway. Now they’ve turned to that other modern funding novelty – early access – to let folks in and start playing as they finish it up for a 2016 launch.

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Free Stomping: Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries


Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp. Stomp. Following up from Jim’s post a little while ago, The Thing That He Said Was Happening Has Now Happened. To whit, a reiggered version of Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries can now be downloaded and played for no-pennies, courtesy of proactive fan/developer collective MekTek. Yep, they’ve priced this juicy bone from the very jaws of the slavering Microsoft hound, which means all it now costs you is 1.7Gb of bandwidth. It comes with a clutch of MekTek’s improvements and additional units, weapons and the like too. Yeah, you’d better be grateful.

Download links and setup guides await you here. Stomp. STOMP.

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Yes, Happening: Mechwarrior 4 Free

That’s a refurbished Mechwarrior 4 for free, you understand. The chaps over at MekTek have been working on this for a while, and it seems that they’ve finally done it:

If you’ve been following the drama surrounding the free release of Mechwarrior4, than you would be aware that the initial announcement, made last summer, was a bit premature. After nearly a year since the announcement came, MekTek Studios is pleased to announce, that Microsoft Legal has given the all clear for the free release of Mechwarrior4. This hallmark movement by Microsoft Games couldn’t come at a better time, as the Mechwarrior community is attempting a rebirth, amidst announcement of a Mechwarrior Reboot. Thank you Microsoft.

Thanks, Microsoft. No release date yet, but hopefully it’ll be soon. (A new commercial Mechwarrior game, you might recall, has already been announced.)

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