Epic Games Store is now testing mod support in Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries

(Image credit: Piranha Games)

Yesterday, the Epic Games Store began testing achievements in Ark: Survival Evolved. Today it announced another big step forward, this time in the form of mod support in the giant fighting robots game Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries.

An update to support the implementation of mods has been rolled out, and a dozen mods are already available. Some standouts now available through EGS, as selected by developer Piranha Games, include:

  • MechCommander Mercenaries by the MCM Team is a recently-announced and highly ambitious real-time strategy conversion of MW5. A complete genre change like this really speaks to the capabilities and flexibility of making mods for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in the Unreal Engine!
  • MW5 Mercs Reloaded by NavidA1, the most prolific creator in the MW5 Modding community, is not just a near ground-up expansion of 'Mechs and the MechLab, but an ongoing rework of many core systems and a collection of great quality-of-life improvements. 
  • MercTech by MagnumForceGB is a comprehensive overhaul of many core mechanics related to 'Mechs and the MechLab, introducing an array of new weapons, equipment, and features inspired by traditional BattleTech systems and rules. 
  • The TableTopRulez Lancemate and Enemy AI Mods by Oraeon1224 are two significant expansions on the AI systems in MW5, bringing greater complexity and visible levels of intelligence to the in-mission AI. 
  • The MW5 Mod Compatibility Pack by Sketch is an amazing effort to increase compatibility between disparate Mods, enabling creators to focus their work and coordinate with other creators to unlock even greater potential in their Mods.

"With access to all Blueprints and Content Assets used to make the game, the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Mod Editor is more than a basic toolset," Piranha said. "Excluding source code and code modification, it is otherwise a fully featured version of the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries project used for development."

To see the mods available, pop around to the Mechwarrior 5 page on the Epic Games Store, and take a look at the top, just below the main drop-down menu. Beside the edition you've selected, you'll see "Mods," another drop-down menu that enables you to either browse the existing mods or go straight to the modding toolkit. The mod editor is now included with the game, and will appear in your EGS library as a standalone title.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.