Free-to-play mech sim MechWarrior Online will feature walking tanks for every taste and playstyle when it releases later this year. Having already seen the Catapult, Vulture, Atlas and Centurion in action, it's time for something a little lighter - this week, Piranha Games have showcased the Jenner. These super-light mechs are best suited for skirmishing and pack-hunting; running rings around the heavier opposition. We've got a new trailer and deliciously geeky BattleTech specs below.
As a fan of all things mech as well as the franchise, I will officially lose it when Piranha Games get around to unveiling the Mad Cat/Timber Wolf.
The Jenner JR7 is a Light, 35 ton ‘Mech with a max speed of 118 km/h. Quick, agile, and with an impressive weapons loadout of four medium lasers and a short range missile 4, the Jenner can make quick work of larger opponents. The jumpjets merely add to the flexibility of this 'Mech.
While not outfitted with much in the way of armour, the Jenner lives by the motto ‘Speed is life.’ Holding still is a death sentence, thus Jenner pilots must become familiar with weaving through opponents, turning to fire at their exposed backs.
Heat management, and knowing to always move, and always find your opponents weak spots are key to becoming a successful Jenner Pilot. The Jenner has a very small amount of armour, however. Getting caught in a bad turn (or worse, holding still) will see your ’Mech torn apart in seconds. Always stay on the move, always manoeuvre, always shoot their backs. Use your jumpjets to get out of bad situations, or jump into the middle of the enemy, and then jump out.
Tonnage: 35 tons
Speed: 118 km/h
Weapons and Equipment:
- 1x SRM*-4: Centre Torso
- 2x Medium Laser: Right Arm
- 2x Medium Laser: Left Arm
The ultimate skirmisher, the Jenner is perfect for picking apart larger enemy ’Mechs. Running in ‘Flocks’ is advised, as even a pair of Jenners can disrupt an entire enemy team.
* SRM = Short Range Missile