You’ve bitten off more than you could chew, and now half your lance is dead and your mech is nearly out of the fight; if only you had saved! Well, I have good news for you: MechWarrior 5 liberally saves for you, and creating your own is easy to do.
Hit Esc and select save.
You can do this whenever you want, so long as you are not in a mission. Yeah, you can’t create your own checkpoints in MechWarrior 5, but you can ensure you have a save ready to go prior to a tricky mission. Thing is, you may not need to.
See, MechWarrior 5 saves itself whenever you enter a new system, or enter a mission. What this means is it’s easy to pick yourself up from any point prior to your destruction: load up a mission you walked away from, or load back to when you entered the system.
That said, you will still want to manually save when able. Let’s say you didn’t leave a system and repaired some mechs. You’ll want to save after. Maybe you edited your loadout: save that game. I say this, because if you find yourself in a mission with the wrong loadout of mechs, pilots, equipment, or any combination thereof, you’ll have to redo any repairs or edits you made after entering the system. So, hit that Esc key, click save, and select New (you can override an older one, but it’s best to hold on to them).
That’s how you save in MechWarrior 5. For more guides, be sure to keep an eye on our guides page.