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Piranha Games has sadly announced that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the first single-player MechWarriors game in 16 years, has been pushed back to 2019.

In a statement to fans, Piranha Games expressed how the delay was necessary in order to give the team enough time to deliver the single-player experience that fans have been wanting all these years.

"As everyone knows, this is the first single-player experience Mechwarrior title released since 2002 and we are well aware of the responsibility and great opportunity we have in re-introducing Mechwarrior to the world," said Piranha’s head honcho, Russ Bullock, in a statement.

"At this time we're only prepared to announce a slip into 2019 and would like to give ourselves until MechCon this December 1 in Vancouver to determine and announce the specific launch date in 2019 so that we can be as accurate with our estimations as possible and avoid further delays.

“Although undoubtedly many Mechwarrior fans will initially be disappointed by the longer wait, we also feel confident and assured that we will get 100 percent support from Mechwarrior fans to release the best product possible."

Disappointing news but, as ever with these delays, it’s going to result in a stronger game. MechWarrior fans have been through the wringer in recent years and hopefully MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is the game that could do the series justice after all this time.