Catalyst Game Labs’ own Randall N. Bills will introduce BattleTech fans to the characters and setting of the upcoming MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries with an eight-part cycle of novellas – and the first installment is now available as a free download.

The exciting first chapter of the MechWarrior 5 Origins Series, “The Calm of the Void,” is now available through your favorite e-publication retailer; for a full list and to find future installments of the series, visit

Additional stories will be released as free e-pubs every few days leading up to the Dec. 10 launch of Piranha Games’ MechWarrior 5 on PC via the Epic Games Store.

“I’m incredibly grateful to once again have the opportunity to contribute to this amazing universe we all love, working with the great team at Piranha,” said Bills, Managing Director for Catalyst Game Labs. “I hope the serial brings the coming MechWarrior 5 alive in wonderful, new ways. I know I can’t wait to hear ‘all systems nominal!’”

Standing as the series’ first mainline installment in nearly two decades, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries puts pilots in charge of their own mercenary outfit across a multi-year campaign set during the Third and Fourth Succession Wars.

To learn more about MechWarrior 5 and pre-order the game, visit

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