MechWarrior, as well as Battletech are part of the Battletech universe. It is based on the board game of the same name published in 1984 and has grown strongly since then. The background story of the universe is based on the real world, but starts to deviate from the year of 1984. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries plays in the year of 3015, 34 years before the clan invasion, by which famous fighting machines like the Timber Wolf appeared. The player assumes the role of a mercenary who can take orders from the various factions of the world. The campaign ends in 3049 with Operation Revival.