MechWarrior 5 on hold
"A very difficult decision"
A FASA Interactive spokesperson has told the Dropship Command message boards that the long-running MechWarrior series has been put on hold. The last release, Mercenaries, may well become the last release.
"We're currently wrapping up production for Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge for Xbox," FASA's 'Von' told forum-goers. "I know these souped-up aircraft are not Battlemechs, but I'm sure fans of the Crimson Skies universe won't be disappointed. We've also been busy providing our Xbox Live fans with new MechAssault downloadable content."
"Over the past few months there has been plenty of speculation, email, and pleas for information regarding the future of the PC MechWarrior franchise, namely MechWarrior 5. Although an exceptional effort was made by an extremely creative and talented development team, we have decided not to continue the development of the project at this time. There were several factors in this decision, but most prevalent was our concern that we were not advancing the genre enough to meet and exceed our customer's expectations. Please know that this was a very difficult decision, but one we felt was in the best interests of our customers."
But there is a glimmer of hope for Mech-lovers. "We deeply love the MechWarrior franchise, and are committed to keeping it alive. Our plan is to re-invent MechWarrior in a way that brings a fresh experience to our devoted customers and new fans alike. We would like to thank all of you for your continued support of the MechWarrior 4 series of games, and greatly appreciate all the feedback we've received on our games."