Patch Number: 1.2.209 (April 2, 2013)
This patch is a major milestone for MechWarrior Online. Several new features, a new robust hero ‘Mech, revamped vision modes, and a few more goodies await! Let’s dig in and see what this patch has to offer us.
THE BIG ONE
I’m not going to hold this one for later in the article. We finally have a Highlander! And this is not just any Highlander. This one belonged to the legendary Rhonda Snord. I won’t go into any details about Rhonda here because NGNG has another whole article on her that should be posted soon after this review. (But I am listening to Elvis Presley music! No, really.)
Heavy Metal is a 90-ton Assault ‘Mech with jump jets. Yes, jump jets! Some people may question the usefulness of jump jets for an assault ‘Mech in this game, but not me. The maneuverability increase and ability to overcome obstacles that stall, stop, and otherwise dampen the effectiveness of other Assaults are not an issue for Heavy Metal nor, consequently, for the Highlander in general. Ultimately, the Heavy Metal has been a huge success for PGI. According to Bryan Ekman, it has smashed previous sales records.