MechWarrior Online (also known as MechWarrior 5) is the upcoming fifth game in the MechWarrior series. It is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game scheduled to be released in late 2012 for the PC, and will follow the core BattleTech storyline but with re-designed BattleMechs. The game is an action simulation, and its setting will begin in 3049 then progress in real-time. Players can choose to join a house or mercenary company, or remain independent, and they pilot 'Mechs to fight for control of territories in a persistent world.
The story starts in 3049, at the beginning of the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere.
The game is an action simulation played exclusively online.