MechWarrior Online adds 8v8 group matchmaking and Santa Bobbleheads

5 Dec 2012  by   Paul Younger
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Some major updates from Piranha Games for MechWarrior Online this morning with some features that should please Mech pilots.

In the latest patch, Piranha has added  8v8 custom group match making, Electronic Counter Measure Suite (ECM) warfare as well as the next Hero Mech, Ilya Muromets. To celebrate the festive period new items such as the Santa bobblehead, Bobblehead Santa, Christmas elf, a lump of coal and Christmas lights have also been added to spice up the dreary cockpit.

The addition of the ECM should add more strategy to the game now that the radar range of enemy units can be reduced. Disrupting missile locks by making them take twice as long will certainly draw the enemy in.

The new 8v8 match making system is the first stage in moving toward larger “Community Warfare” for the game and the new addition will not be weight class restricted so as not to disrupt quick match launching. According to Piranha, more functionality will be added to the matchmaking in what they call Phase 3.

Bryan Ekman, creative director at Piranha Games added, “With the new 8-player group vs. group action and ECM, the competitive element in the game has been upped in a major way”.

The new Ilya Muramets CTF-IM Cataphract is the first heavy Mech since the Founders Programme concluded and it’s also available now.

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