It's hard to come up with an IP I have more fond memories of than the MechWarrior family. Anyone remember the actual BattleTech Centers? After spending a few hours in one of those, you basically become a MechWarrior fan for life. Anyway, MechWarrior: Tactical Command was announced mere moments ago, and is the first MechWarrior title designed for iOS. It's apparently even been in development since 2009, and it utilizes touch controls to facilitate a real time tactics system of battling. Check out the trailer:

Over 30 mech options will be included, along with an advanced weapon system and all sorts of missions to complete. Details aside from that are vague right now, but we expect more information to start dribbling out next year as the game gets closer to release.

[via MTV Multiplayer]

  • Dan Stegman

    Yep, I remember the BattleTech centers!  The one in Chicago's North Pier was awesome.  This is one I will definitely look forward to!

  • Anonymous

    If this is a turn based RPG then count me.... TOTALLY IN!!  We need more turn based RPG's on iOS.  After Squre Enix released song summoner on iPod/iOS, I thought that many devs would follow suit.  Guess not...

    • Anonymous

      They say real-time tactical, so probably not turn-based. Maybe if we're lucky, it'll pause to give us time to execute commands.

      If you want a turn-based mech strategy game for iOS, check out Metal Brigade Tactics. It's not much to look at, but it has it where it counts. iPad only, though.

      • Anonymous

        I won't be getting an iPad until iPad 4, 5, or 6 is released.  I really think they are useless right now.  Anywho - I don't think RTS's work too well on iOS.  So I probably won't be getting into this... sad...

      • Jason Litka

        You're missing out.  That's pretty close to what I said before I bought my original iPad.  I've used my notebooks all of 8 hours since then.  Anyway, I've since bought the iPad 2, and plan to keep buying them as long as they keep making improvements.

      • Anonymous

        I know this is totally off topic... haha... but I say, "to each his own".  They are definitely more useful than I originally gave them credit for.  Some of my DDS classmates use nothing but an iPad 2 for Dental School.  But, the way I see it, until it packs 2GB of RAM and over 1.5GHz of dual core processing power + more than a 16GB baseline hard drive, they are nothing more than a toy.  For my purposes.  I get by just fine with my iPhone 4S + MacBook Air (2011 model) + iMac combo.  An iPad would really serve no purpose for me - Its just luxury at this point.  And I don't have $500 to just spend.

      • Anonymous

        First, you can get iPads up to 64GB. You have been able to since iPad 1. You really think the iPhone would have more flash memory than an iPad?

        Secondly, CPU power doesn't really matter. Not to say that the CPU in the iPad 2  isn't fast (I believe it's 1Ghz dual core).. but really the GPU is what matters most, and the A5 chip in the iPad 2 reigns king. There are android tablets that are >=1.25Ghz dual core, and they perform much worse than an iPad 2.

        You are right about RAM, though.

      • Anonymous

        You should pick up a Clan iPad.  They're twice as fast and generate half the heat.

  • David Markowitz

    I used to love Mechwarrior!  However, given the game's name (Tactical Command) and the comment about a "real time tactics system", I'm wondering if this is going to be a tactics game instead of a first person mech sim.  I would much rather have the mech sim.  There are plenty of tactics games already, and only one mech sim game I know of (by the guys who make X-plane), which isn't very good.

  • Jason Litka

    Virtual World was AWESOME!  I used to get down to North Pier any time I could.

  • Jay

    Anyone else watch that and think, "They should be using those buildings for cover!" 

    I often think about how I would pilot a mech, and "stand in the open and trade blows" is never a strategy I'd choose.

    • Anonymous

      In the game, that tiny little mech would never go toe to toe with a madcat.  It would be boosting all over the place and using an auto pulse laser.  At least thats how I play(ed).  Rapid fire close range medium lasers + lightweight mech + ground boosters = really really fast kills.

      • Jay

        Either that or load up on lasers and target the legs 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Oh yeah... heat sinks are a must as well.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I think I've finished mech commander about ten times, so count me in !

  • J.Shamblin

    I love BattleTech games. I use to play MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries and MechCommander online. I'm looking forward to this!

  • Frank Quickmix Hassas

    Another Instant Buy for me. 🙂

  • Dower Chin

    About damn time Mechwarrior came back, I really miss the mech genre of games!

  • Anonymous

    vid looks nice, which says nothing about the game.

  • Anonymous

    I would love a Mechwarrior sim!!! And make use of the mercenary theme and customizing mechs.

    Strategy game would of course suffice what case I would perhaps be in a mood for RTS for a change. I mean no building of course, but controlling a handful(4) of mechs simultaneusly and making use of their strengths.But I'm sure it will be a Punch Out clone.

  • Raj Khare MechCommander 2 For the love of god.

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  • Anonymous

    I loved Mechwarrior Mecernaries, and I do remember the Battletech centres, still got all my battle reports from the London Trocadero one somewhere. I will be looking forward to this one.

  • renaxguil

    Man when I think of MechWarrior I think of the old one for Windows 95...THAT one was good IMO

  • Tony Bowman

    Non-gameplay trailers are worthless.

  • Benjamin Rodriguez

    One of my favorite games. RTS makes me think of the game mech commander if anyone remembers that. Which is pretty much mech warrior but RTS style.

    So if its anything like that maybe it'll be good. but I'm not gonna get my hopes up. Probably not even going to be made by the same people.