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MechWarrior Online open beta starts Monday, for real this time

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Stompy multiplayer robo-tactical shooter MechWarrior Online (opens in new tab) has been flip-flopping over its pending open beta for a good few weeks now. First it was kicking off on October 16th (opens in new tab) , then it was delayed (opens in new tab) , and then it didn't like the look of those teenagers so it decided to keep its giant feet indoors. Thankfully, those teenagers have now wandered off - MWO will begin its open beta (for realsies) on October 29th, or this coming Monday.

While we figure out the best method of inserting the pun 'mecha bingo' into all future coverage of MechWarrior Online, your homework for Monday is to reserve your pilot name (opens in new tab) , preferably assuming the mantle of someone from the movies. Mech Wahlberg, for example, or - my favourite - Robo with a Shotgun. Feel free to share your own names in the comments.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.