Piranha Games have announced that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will be an Epic Games Store exclusive for one year. Furthermore, the game has been delayed for three months and will release on 10 December 2019, the devs officially confirmed.
Earlier this month, Piranha Games, the developers of the upcoming MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries changed their official FAQ by removing all references to Steam. Many assumed that the devs are clearing up the path for some other store and it turns out that is indeed true.
Today - 25 July 2019, Piranha Games officially announced that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will release exclusively on Epic Games Store. The exclusivity deal means that MechWarrior 5 will be available only on Epic Games Store for one year.
Furthermore, the game also has a new release date - it's been delayed to 10 December 2019. The developers explained their decisions by saying that this new partnership, gave them the ability to delay the release to early December, so they can make the quality of the game they desired, as well as get some additional funds to make sure MechWarrior 5 is properly localized with extra marketing campaigns.
Piranha Games also strongly believe that their creation has a greater chance of discoverability and market success on Epic's Store.
For those who pre-order the game, the devs will offer a refund but you'll have to submit a refund request by 01 September 2019. Those who cancel their pre-orders will also lose access to exclusive digital content and beta test.
Speaking about the beta, the testing is now scheduled for 05 November 2019 and to access it you need to pre-order MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.
Last but not least, the devs also mentioned mod support on Epic Games Store. Piranha Games are fully committed to supporting the feature, which is why they plan to launch the editor for mod makers, upon the game release.
In early 2020, they will integrate the end-user experience for mod makers to share their creations with the community on Epic Games Store, which will also release modding support in early 2020.
You can find more details about MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in the official FAQ.