$500 Gold Mechs For Sale in MechWarrior Online

MechWarrior Online has already come under fire from its diehard fanbase, in part for putting monetization before new content. Given that fact, developer Piranha Games’ latest edition to the MWO Store could easily be interpreted as a middle finger salute to dissenters. It’s a set of $500 gold-plated mechs.

To clarify, there are eight different gold-plated mechs in the set, and each is $500.

PCGamesN directs us to the odd-looking mechs, while also noting the response to them on the MechWarrior Online forums, responses like: “SO, apparently ‘Pimp my Mech’ was precursor of hip hoppity things to come. Gold Plated Omni mechs? Because, after all that talk of ‘adjusting weapons to make them fit the mythos,’ gold plating Omnis really fits.”

“The gold mechs are a good idea. They will be the main target for the whole opposing team. Maybe even teammates will shoot them (oops, sorry, just testing my weapon groups).”

“The thing is, gold plated mechs… It’s… It’s the first truely indefensible thing they’ve done. I mean, really, could it have it any more crass? Gold plated? Really PGI? Really?”

Personally, I don’t begrudge Piranha for selling high-priced rare items in its F2P game, but I’m with the last commenter. A $500 gold mech is completely tactless, especially given the state of the core MechWarrior Online experience.

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12 Comments on $500 Gold Mechs For Sale in MechWarrior Online


On December 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

There is long list of features that should have been in the game a long time ago. They have been promising and promising to add things but after 2 years we still left with just a glorified deathmatch. All they can do at this point is release new mechs and hope players will trust them that features are coming. Smells of a cash grab.


On December 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

i am dissapointed, put this out before the game even has a purpose other than c-bill grinding… and the prizetag just smells like a Moneygrab thing, i really hope that this is NOT the future for mWo f2p game….


On December 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

Too late to #saveMWO, we have to #killMWO now. Or should i say put it down?


On December 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

i really hope that this is not the future of mwo f2t… i am very very dissapointed in pgi, alll these money grab things takes priority of actually putting a Game out with a purpose other than c-bill grinding,,,,


On December 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

Not much to say. This game is “launched” but still missing essential features. Plus, IMO, the core game is only so-so at best. I gave up on the game some time ago and this just really seems like a giant middle finger to any Mechwarrior fan. At this point, I want someone to just start from scratch and do a Mechwarrior game right. My biggest concern is that when this game fails (yes, WHEN it fails) that some executives in an office will think it is because it was a Mechwarrior game, as if the franchise is weak. Nonsense, it is simply a bad game, the franchise is fine.

Mechwarrior Buddah

On December 16, 2013 at 11:52 am

They wont work on any of the core game features that dont immediately get them a payday. The core features they’ve been promising for literally years at this point get delayed and delayed. Its like they dont even realize that just because it doesnt DIRECTLY get them pain that it will get them paid in the long run by bringing people back into the game.


On December 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

So basically, they are charging 500 bucks for a skin.

It would be justified if they gave you the gold skin, and some actual, real world gold.

This is just beyond insulting. And I don’t even play the game.


On December 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Love everything Mech Warrior but I stopped caring about MWO a long time ago in beta. I see I’m not missing anything with gold mechs for $500 …sigh


On December 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

This “state of the inner sphere” adress was hailed as the last chance for gross bollock. What did he do?

Said that everything is fine, launch was a massive success, 3pv and highly controversial inuye’s mechanics are “peaks” and then laid out yet another “roadmap”… Which is almost the same as the one for 2013.

So basically he takes players for cashcows with unrelenting denial tendencies and mechwarrior for his personal he can degrade to levels of cheapest f2p franchises ever made.

I hope they get obliterated by every press outlet there is. Art team is probably the only competent gear in their mechanism.


On December 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

So lost my hopes for this game…
From a guy who bought the highest Founder pack (didn’t even started the C-Bill/XP bonuses activation)…

Peter Bland

On January 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

Let me be clear about something here: I ragequit the game yesterday and uninstalled it from my computer completely. So, my opinion is hardly unbiased. I also bought the $120 founders package back in May of 2012 based on the blatant lies of the developers. Briefly, the lies were: no cool shot, no P2W, no 3rd person view. I and many others like me are really mad and feel deeply betrayed.

Now those of us who invested in the Battletech universe early on can point and laugh at the idea of a Clan mech with a gold paint job. Clanners would rather have the skin flayed off their body than drive a war machine that looks like something out of a rap video. PGI, you are staffed with freebirthers!

That was an insult, PGI. Look it up.

The absolute worst part of it all is how the developers failed to listen to many excellent ideas from the fans on the forum to fix these issues. 3rd person view a problem? Bring in Solaris for casual gamers. Weapons OP? make maps that force the use of neglected weapons. P2W a concern? Just Raise the C-Bill reward at the end of a match. And on and on. Most of these hot button issues could be easily fixed if PGI cared at all about rewarding its most loyal customer base.

Now the game is an inedible mess of CoD and WoT, somehow managing to combine the worst parts of both. Nobody is happy about the changes. It feels like a cartoon and is just shot through with bugs. Bugs that could be squashed if PGI wanted to spend human capital on it instead of the new shinies every month. Make no mistake, the people screaming the loudest really like, even love, the Mechwarrior brand. deliberately sticking a finger in their collective eyes is a gauranteed way to drive them away. Soon all that will be left is the casual crowd that is playing between the latest Call of Duty franchise. Do you really think those people will continue to throw money at them?

And so dies Mechwarrior Online. Hopefully other publishers learn from this mess how not to piss off your customer base.

kitten punch

On February 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Stop PGI now