Studio MekTek, Inc. is proud to present MekTek’s latest update to our community acclaimed MekPak expansion series.
This is not the Mechwarrior 4 Free Release. Though it is still free!
After many long months of waiting we have decided to release our MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries community expansion pack update known as MekPak 3.1. This MekPak update fixes many long standing bugs which have existed in our previous MekPaks including MekPak 3.02b, it also adds additional security as well as a few new game-play features. We are very pleased to present our latest work on the MekPaks after several years of no-releases on the project. We had hoped that this release would be the MechWarrior 4 Free Release promised by Smith and Tinker, Inc. last summer. However, it would seem that the Free Release is held up at Microsoft and it is unknown to us and our Studio when the Free Release will be given the final go ahead. Our community is tired of keeping the world waiting for a new MechWarrior 4 update and, as such, we will continue releasing our MekPak expansions under our original agreement with Microsoft Games and Fasa Studios. One of the restraints of our original agreement is that we are unable to provide what is commonly referred to as “no-cd” patches for the game. Thus, if your MechWarrior 4 discs are lost, destroyed, or stolen please take a look on Amazon or EBay as MechWarrior 4 discs are still available for those of you searching.
Additionally, Virtual World Entertainment has assured us that our work featured within the MekPak 3.1/4 will be seen on the Tesla Cockpits and MechWarrior 4: Firestorm.
Due to the demands placed upon us by industry lawyers to release the MechWarrior 4 Free release we were forced to insure our Studio at a premium rate to meet the Microsoft standard. Our insurance policy is a one year lease and we are unable to tap out of this policy until next fall. In addition to our insurance costs we are also struggling with our server costs. Currently, our server fund has run dry and staff and beta members are paying out of their pockets to help keep MekTek online. At this point we don’t know from month to month if we will be able to stay online. If you enjoy our MekPaks and free services to the community, please help out if you can. If everyone that downloads the 3.1 update donated $5.00 we would have enough to cover our server costs for the next year including our MekMatch service which is now running in a clustered environment.
You might be wondering what else MekTek has been doing recently. Most significantly, we have incorporated MekTek and opened a studio in order to create and explore new opportunities. WhiteFeather and I have been traveling around the continent setting up business relations. We’ve had meetings with the various people/groups that control the MechWarrior/BattleTech IP (Jordan Weisman, CGL, VWE) and have positioned ourselves favorably with all involved. Unfortunately, I can’t go into detail on the opportunities that have arisen from these meetings but I can assure you that we are currently exploring a variety of avenues and determining which is the best course for MekTek and our community to take. I’d also like to mention that during WhiteFeather’s trip to New Brunswick to open our Studio, we met with a part of the Canadian government that’s role is to help new businesses and promote growth in Canada. We told them what we were about and what our future plans are. I guess we must have impressed them because they were able to rush us funding to attend GDC 2010. Woohoo Canada!!
To get started playing, grab your original MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries CD, and install MTX . Then download our MechWarrior 4 install (1.7GB) via MTX. MP3.1 can be downloaded via torrent or http (for those unable to share bandwidth). Enjoy!