MechWarrior Online to use CryEngine 3

Crytek has revealed that the latest title in the MechWarrior series, MechWarrior Online (MWO), will use CryEngine 3, the newest game engine from Crysis creator Crytek.

The announcement was made on the official MechWarrior Online website, with Crytek's Carl Jones, Director of Global Business Development, stepping out in front to say: “Here at Crytek we are incredibly proud that Piranha Games have [sic] selected CryEngine 3 to power their forthcoming Mechwarrior Online game."

Pirahna games President Russ Bullock also proclaimed how happy he was to be using CryEngine 3. "It is definitely the best choice for us. Both the character animation pipeline with the procedurally and physics based animations and the destruction system fit our goals perfectly and allow us to develop a truly unique AAA experience based on the award-winning BattleTech Universe."

Set in 3049 during the opening salvos of a large scale interstellar war, MWO gives players control of a large mechanised war machine bristling with weaponry. Pirahna Games has said that there will be "endless options" for customisation, allowing gamers to put together the mech that is perfectly suited to their chosen battlefield role.

One of the big talking points about the game is that it's going to use the free to play model. Presumably this will mean aesthetic and possibly combat upgrades with some sort of micro-transaction system, though no concrete information has been given about how Pirahna will make its investment dollars back.

The MechWarrior series is well remembered by PC gamers who have been languishing without a new game to enjoy for almost a decade. Now, their wait is almost over with MechWarrior Online set to arrive sometime in summer 2012.