In honor of BattleTech‘s 25th anniversary, Smith & Tinker has authorized and MekTek Studios to distribute MechWarrior 4 (along with its expansion packs) completely free. For years, has been the central point for online distribution of MechWarrior 4 expansion packs. Now they can provide the core game free to the fans as well. Keep an eye on—the free download will be available soon!

About Smith & Tinker
Smith & Tinker is an inventor of kid-focused entertainment products that create a new play experience for the connected generation. The company’s toys and games encourage social interaction and play among kids by bridging the Internet and physical world. Founded in 2008 by executives who share a passion for reinventing play for today’s tech-savvy generation Smith & Tinker is led by executives from some of the world’s top brands including Cranium Inc., Hasbro Inc., The Walt Disney Company and Microsoft. Smith & Tinker was founded by Jordan Weisman, creator of the MechWarrior gaming franchise, which has sold over 11 million PC games worldwide. More information is available at


174 Responses to MechWarrior To Be Distributed Free On

  1. mktmb777 says:


  2. light says:

    MekTek has this “ability” to make ppl wait… till they totally lose hope… & even after the long wait they dont deliver it at the expected date.
    we are made to believe that it’ll be out SOON™

    • -Shadowalker- says:

      In honor of BattleTech’s 25th anniversary, Smith & Tinker has authorized and MekTek Studios to distribute MechWarrior 4 (along with its expansion packs) completely free.

  3. Bloodome says:

    Come On! I want to play MechWarrior 4 now but I think that Light is right. They do that alot and I hate waiting for stuff like this. Someone told me that there father talks to one of the guys that maintain MechWarrior 4 ( dont know if its true or not ) says it is supposed to be out any time now on here but I dont think so. I just want to play because I love to play MechWarrior Games!

    • Bloodome says:

      Lolz,I did not catch that smith and tinker are releasing it. ShadowWalker made a good point. So void my first comment…… I apparently cant read and I should examine the screen a little more closely more often… Lolz but I still hope that they release it soon. Have a good weekend

  4. killswitch says:

    So whats the deal? We going to wait for like 3 months to release any more info? or even a download yet?

  5. Xallin says:

    WHEN IS SOON! And will it run on vista 64?

    • Rx says:

      I am running Windows 7.
      Windows 7 is supported on my hardware that had Vista 64. I have been reloading lots of games and software (such as Rosetta Stone for XP) with fantastic luck so far.

      I will be interested in anyone using Windows 7. Really looking forward to this!

  6. WildBillTRiAD says:


  7. I agree soon is not soon enough. It would be nice if they would at least give a date for this.

  8. MechCat says:

    it’s been done yet, they said *by august* so, plz keep it shut and wait like everybody else.
    For sure it’s takin’ a while and most of us were expectin’ it to be released sooner but you’ve gotta remember that it’ll be free and that mean these people are also workin’ for free to get the whole thing set.

    You’ve gotta be patient boys!


    • strykerwolf says:

      I’m in agreement Mech Cat. Guys you have to show some patience here. Keep in mind that even though they have different teams with Mektek; They do work on more than one project. Remember, they’re also working on AT1, as well as working on the final touches to their fourth and final Mechpak for Mercenaries which is dealing with a lot of work, seeing as how they’re practicly revamping the whole system, bringing back a lot of older tech like MASC, and finishing with working out the bugs. These guys are about quality rather than getting something like this out quickly. And they’re also working on getting their servers upgraded to deal with increased download and online game play traffic. It’ll be out soon. If they say by a certain month; it’ll be out somewhere doing that month. So hang tight. And I’ll see all of you on the battlefield!

  9. MechCat says:

    And oh… just thinkin’ bout it, will you guys play online ?! if that’s the case, catch me on msn (or send me a mail … cuz I want to play online and form a squad or something)


  10. Blazen_Raven says:




  11. chazzm says:

    I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  12. Julmuri says:

    they are really shooting themselves to leg with this, making intrested people come here to check this site daily (they should have other content updated for us to see here).

    it’s counterproductive to leave us hanging about when it’s going to release, while they could have us drumming the news of MW4 coming downloadable on a certain day.

    and if there is something to tweak in the game, making it hard to pinpoin exact date, they could just come clean eith it and tell us that “it will be available after we’ve fixed this other thing”.

    anyways, i’m really exited about the new mechwarrior and would like to get my initiation going with this MW4

    just giving my opinion, not pointing fingers or blaming anyone.

  13. TimberJon says:

    What I want to know is.. where the heck I saw the quote from Jordan touching on a 25th redo of the CBT box set. I SAW that somewhere and I am waiting to see what they will be changing/updating in it. I will pre-order that sucker if they can release some news on it.

    In MW4 news… we need to know which OS’s it will run on, and if it will be individual or a single executable or both, Etc… So we can finally open our rigs, refill the coolant, clean out the dirt, re-apply some thermal grease and get ready to fry our graphics cards blowing things up again.

    O.O I wonder if they are tweaking the Criticals or mechbay, or damages… just the kind of thing to keep silent about.

  14. RagingMonkey says:

    I still have Merc’s on my laptop and play to this day. I can’t wait to get back on-line with everyone!

    “Actually, my name is Austin Powers. Danger is my middle name.”
    -Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

  15. GOLFisNOTaSPORT says:

    I hope that they also mean they’ll be releasing the Clan and IS ‘MechPacks for free as well. I miss being able to fight in a Hunchback.

  16. Pace says:

    What they are waiting on is to see how many fish they can catch. It’s a big game. The machines we have will not run the old or the new programs. More expense for you and me, new computers, graph cards, memory, the whole ball of wax. Nothing is for free. AS you will find out.

  17. theophilosity says:

    Ummm…wow, anybody heard of either “google” or “reading the whole thread”? Check for info. There will be scores of mechs more than the original M$ release, many more weapons, a single installer, auto-updates, replacement for zonematch, etc. Most of this stuff has been around, but of course not with the whole free release of mercs. vengeance and black knight won’t be released right away, but they’ve said they intend to release the campaigns (the important part) as add-ons for the release later. There are already clans and leagues and whatnot of players, of course there will be more once the free release happens. Also, in an update they said they are still on track for a release in August, and they do indeed mention some of the remaining items before release. Oh, and – it will work on Vista 32- and 64-bit, along with any Windows versions it’s worked on before. Linux and Mac I’m not sure about, but I’m sure it’ll have about the same level of compatibility with wine as the original release of mercs. Don’t complain about info not existing until you’ve checked.

    • MechCat says:

      hehe nice thread! 🙂

    • BigEd says:

      Ok..I have been on the zone Back in early 2000..till the end of MW3 & 4…Yea back when the rooms had big numbers…I played as long as i could! 3 comps later and almost 10yrs now, i see we are going too be able too play again!!! Mektek going too host like the zone did? i will assume they will do better..And being Free!!! wow lots of newbies..Got too get the BIG word out blow up like AArmy..haha i wish..Doods i have all The games even MW3 still..BUT lost some of the codes..GOSH i want too missle boat some novas…

    • llglass says:

      Good notes. I am so excited just for the basic download. 🙂

  18. lilricky says:

    Looks like the news caused the number of seeds and leechers for the Mechwarrior 4 torrent on Pirate Bay to increase, or should I say the lack of news when its being released. It went from 4 seeds to over 1200 in the last 3 weeks. I assume Mechwarrior 4 is now in the public domain?

  19. Smoke Jaguar44 says:

    Cant wait to play MW4 again and with Mekteks expansions this will be cool!

  20. MechAG1 says:

    SOON™ : )