Piranha Games has announced that due to Cyberpunk 2077 releasing on December 10, they have reconsidered the release date of the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC, as well as the launch of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on Steam and GOG, meaning there is now a MechWarrior 5 DLC delay.
"Any developer wants their titles to get as much attention as possible, and obviously sharing a release date with Cyberpunk was less than optimal." This makes sense, considering the massive amount of hype surrounding Cyberpunk will most assuredly drown every other game within its release radius of about a month or so.
The announcement goes on to state that any developer knows how crucial it is to have good day 1 sales, so Piranha Games believes that in order for their product to do its best they need to reschedule their release dates. For the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC and the full game, it's now coming in Spring 2021, where it will also be made available on the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
The delay will give Piranha Games "additional opportunities that will benefit the game," with the release on Steam, GOG, EGS, the Microsoft Store, and Xbox consoles giving a lot more exposure to the MechWarrior franchise than ever before. It will also give time for the developer to make some quality of life changes to the base game, which will include AI, UI, art, customization, and content.
There will also be a MechWarrior 5 developer vlog that will "dive deeper into the decisions leading into the delay", and it will be made available next Tuesday on December 1. Piranha Games also notes that this news will not affect MechWarrior Online in anyway, although they do note that updates are on the way for the title.
This also isn't the only title to be hit by the massive wave that is Cyberpunk 2077. Everspace 2 and Path of Exile have both delayed their updates or releases in order to avoid the RPG title. All told, it's looking like a pretty barren month outside of Cyberpunk, but since that's all everyone is seemingly going to be playing for a few months that makes sense, especially given December tends to be on the quieter side for release anyways.
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