Turn over the engine and light up the jet thrusters because MechWarrior Online is stomping into closed beta
this week. Anyone who registers on the official site has a chance to check out the hot 'mech action before the rest of the crowd. While the beta is currently limited to North America, there is no IP blocking
, so anyone can jump in as long as he or she doesn't mind a little lag.
Perhaps of more interest is Piranha Games'
announcement of its founder's program, code-named Operation Inception
. Yes, we guess the devs saw the movie too. While MWO
will be free-to-play with optional microtransactions, Operation Inception lets players invest their money up-front to get special goodies and an early start to the game.
Players can buy into the founder's program starting June 19th. It will come in two tiers: a $30 veteran package and a $60 elite package. The veteran package includes $40 of in-game currency, a month of premium account status, a founder's tag, and early access. The elite package includes $80 of in-game currency, two months of premium status, the founder's tag, early access, and an exclusive BattleMech.
Early access for MechWarrior Online
begins July 17th.