Well, that won't make a lot of people happy, as Piranha Games has decided to make MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries an Epic Games Store exclusive. What's more, the company has now pushed the game back again to be released on December 10th, 2019. The company issued the statement below letting players know how they could obtain refunds, but the early indication from Reddit is that no one is happy. Both accusing the company of thinking more about their wallets by going exclusive, while also accusing them of lying to fans by knowing they would probably need to delay the game again months ago. Now that it has a hard date on the EGS, maybe this will push them to officially release it in a timely manner.
Our partnership with Epic Games store allows us the opportunity to make sure MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries meets our internal goal of creating the best MechWarrior game possible.
Fans looking to obtain refunds from their pre-order of any tier are able to do so by September 1st. Pre-order refunds of any tier will be refunded in full. Additionally, those seeking refunds will be able to keep all bonus MechWarrior Online content from the Standard, Collector and Ultimate Editions of the pre-order, which amount to $100, $180, and $300 dollars worth of in-game currency and content for MechWarrior Online including all bonus items like XP, premium time, badges, decals, cockpit items and more, depending on which pre-order tier purchased.
However, refunded pre-orders will forfeit their access to the full game and be unable to participate in the upcoming closed beta for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, now scheduled for November as well as lose the exclusive MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries DLC items.