YES! Ever since I started watching Steven Universe this is the one piece of fanart I’ve been wanting to see.
By Mechandra ( DeviantArt / Tumblr )
Why485: By the way, how do you pronounce Flight Highschool in Korean? Is there a shorter version you use when talking about it?
anyan: We pronounce Flight Highschool like this : Bihaeng godeunghakkyo (비행고등학교). In short, ‘Bihaenggo’ (read Bi-haeng-go)
That was a little more complicated than I was expecting it to be. I think I’ll stick to just calling it “Flight” when I need an abbreviation.
I am watching my favorite franchise burn to the ground before my very eyes, and yet rather than mourning it, I’m cheering for its ultimate destruction.
Sorry, MechWarrior, but if it’s MechWarrior Online or death for the franchise, it’s time to give you the Old Yeller treatment. I can’t stand to watch this IP suffer anymore.
Same. I have nothing more to add.
To Mechwarrior and Battletech. For all the great times we had.
16 is already pretty much done.
There’s only two minor issues I need to ask anyan about.
So here’s an unexpected treat.
Anyan just did a character color reference sheet for Flight Highschool. Turns out 79 characters have appeared so far, assuming he didn’t miss anybody.
I asked him if he wanted to translate it, so I’ve got it in English now. I’ll post the full version soon to the Flight Highschool Tumblr.
In the meantime, here’s the original (with all 79) on anyan’s naver.
Anonymous asked: I didn't touch the game for many reasons but I do feel you. What are these prices for? For 500$ you can get a canon clan skins for your clan? Or that you need to pay 500 to even participate?
The prices are for gold plated Clan mechs. You can buy the normal versions of the mechs for as little as $35 for a single mech, but in order to get a Timberwolf/Madcat, you’ll have to buy a $210 pack that includes all the Clan mechs below it.
To fully appreciate the irony of the Gold mechs would take way too long to describe, so here is the (believe it or not) short version.
MWO is a dying game. It’s kept afloat by the die hards who spend absurd amounts of money on the game because Battletech fans tend to be older (30+) gamers with a lot of disposable cash. They spend irrational amounts of money on MWO because there isn’t an alternative and are okay with playing a very bad game developed by very bad developers because they just love Battletech/Mechwarrior that much.
We call those people “golds.” Before the beta went open, you could purchase Founders packs. These came in levels, with the gold pack being $120 and gave you a gold badge on the forum. Either through buyer’s remorse or blind and unwarranted faith in PGI, these players (dubbed golds) became notorious for supporting the vast mountain of bad decisions PGI made, defending PGI against any criticism no matter how constructive, and slurping up every $50 grabdeal PGI threw at them.
These golds are pretty much all that’s left of Mechwarrior Online’s paying player base. However, after 2 years of no real progress aside from a constant barrage of premium mechs (grabdeals), the occasional nostalgia fueled promotion (Project Phoenix), and the year late “two months away” UI 2.0 overhaul, some golds are finally starting to see what they’ve been supporting this whole time.
However, we all knew PGI had a trick up their sleeves. The Clans. They’ve deliberately held back one of the most iconic parts of the Battletech universe. Anyone who grew up playing the Mechwarrior games can recognize all the Clan mechs immediately. They are Mechwarrior and Battletech’s public face to the outsider.
Which brings us back to now. PGI is desparate. They know they’re being held afloat by a very small playerbase that is willing to spend absurd amounts on the most trivial of things. So now they drop the big bomb. The one thing everyone has been waiting for. Surely bringing back Clan mechs would save Mechwarrior. Even estranged and disillusioned Mechwarrior fans can’t resist the allure of once again stepping into a Timberwolf or Summoner.
It didn’t work. The forums are on fire. New mechs are the very last thing this game needs, and it’s incredibly obvious why they are even pulling this stunt. Even the most dedicated of the golds are starting to doubt, refusing to buy any Clan mechs until PGI at least delivers on the year late UI 2.0.
The fact they created literally gold plated mechs and are charging 500 dollars for them is only the icing on the cake.