MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries delayed, becomes Epic Games Store exclusive

Yet another crowdfunded game has become an exclusive to the Epic Games Store, as MechWarrior 5 is pushed back to December.

It’s a by now familiar story, as what was a crowdfunded game, expected to be available everywhere, has become an Epic Games Store exclusive for the next 12 months.

That means it won’t be available on Steam, despite many who have already pre-ordered it doing so with the assumption it would be.

It’s hardly the first time that’s happened though, as Epic continue to sign up as many games as possible to keep them off Steam.

As frustrating as it is, the anger with which PC gamers have treated the trend has been extreme even by gamer standards, but Epic shows no sign of backing down and maintains it’s the best way to establish their online store.

On their blog, developer Piranha Games has said they’ll refund anyone that isn’t happy about the news, as long as they get in contact by 1 September.

The other big news for the game though is that it’s been delayed, from 10 September to 10 December this year.

A closed beta is now planned for November and anyone’s that pre-ordered will get automatic access to several of the final game’s practice missions.

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