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MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries

Emblem-important.svg Apocryphal Product

Although it is an official BattleTech product, the subject of this article does not meet the current criteria for Canon for the BattleTech universe.

See the article's section on Canonicity for details.



FASA Studio's MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries is a 2002 computer game set in the BattleTech universe. Smith & Tinker announced on 09 July 2009 that the MechWarrior 4 series of games and expansions will be made available for free via MekTek, this finally happened on 30 April 2010.

Canonicity

Computer games are explicitly excluded from the list of products that contribute straight Canon to the BattleTech universe while at the same time it was stated that the IP owners are "not in total denial about these sources either"; it has also been stated that fluff from certain official, licensed products (namely certain computer games including those produced by FASA) can be assumed to be part of the shared universe as long as it is not directly contradicted, and makes sense. On this premise, MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries is considered to be an apocryphal product.

Plot synopsis

Backstory

Backstory

The player takes the role of Spectre, a male commander of a small mercenary company. Trained under a pilot program on Outreach where smaller mercenary companies are "sponsored" by larger ones (such as the Kell Hounds, Wolf's Dragoons, Grey Death Legion, or Northwind Highlanders), Spectre travels inside the fictional interstellar region of the Chaos March during the FedCom Civil War (specifically during the time period from January 1, 3066 to late July 3067). The player makes a living earning cash and useful salvage from completing mission contracts for various factions. With these resources, the player can purchase new weapons and BattleMechs, pay for 'Mech repairs, and hire additional MechWarriors for his or her company.

Halloran V Campaign

Eaton Campaign

Styk Campaign

Solaris VII Championship

New Exford Campaign

Wernke Campaign

Hesperus II Campaign

New Avalon Campaign

Tharkad Campaign

Carse Campaign

New Canton Campaign

Featured BattleMechs

Light 'Mechs

Medium 'Mechs

Heavy'Mechs

Assault 'Mechs

Featured Planetary data

Modifications

In 2010, Studio MekTek, Inc. released a free version of MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, with Microsoft's approval along with Mektek's Mekpaks (Mekpaks 1, 2 and 3, with 4 slowly progressing). These MekPaks improve upon many things in the game, including multiplayer. They also add many new 'Mechs (over 120 different 'Mechs and other units in total are used in-game, when those in the MekPaks are added to the default number of units included in MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries and the Inner Sphere and Clan 'MechPacks) and weapons to choose from, as well as many new maps for multiplayer and some for singleplayer. One interesting feature in the free release is the ability to play as battle armor or infantry.

Below is a list, organized by MekPak number, that shows the various units introduced by Studio MekTek, Inc. Units marked with an asterisk (*) are non-canon designs by MekTek.

MekPak 1 New 'Mechs

Light 'Mechs

Medium 'Mechs

Heavy 'Mechs

Assault 'Mechs

MekPak 2 New 'Mechs

Light 'Mechs

Medium 'Mechs

Heavy 'Mechs

Assault 'Mechs

MekPak 3 New 'Mechs

Battle Armor and Infantry

Infantry:

  • Players can choose to play as Inner Sphere or Clan infantry with either a single ballistic, energy, or missile hardpoint.

Battle Armor:

Light 'Mechs

Medium 'Mechs

Heavy 'Mechs

Assault 'Mechs

Resources

Media

Downloads

  • The MTX Download client, and other pertinent files. [1]