Classic Battletech Returns in a New Turn-Based PC Game | Giant Fire Breathing Robot

Classic Battletech Returns in a New Turn-Based PC Game

A new Kickstarter from the studio behind the recent Shadowrun video game is bringing brand-new Battletech game to the PC, and it’s already funded to the tune of $1 million.

Let’s be honest here – Battletech has had a somewhat spotty record when it comes to video games. The earliest examples were fantastic for their time, and loom large in many players’ memories. That’s partly because of the licence, and partly because there simply wasn’t much in the way of competition at the time.

Later games, however, didn’t quite live up to what fans expected and ended up getting short shrift. The most recent Battletech game was Mechwarrior Online, a free-to-play multiplayer game where you control your Mech from the cockpit, in an FPS-style. It’s a decent enough game, but it has been marred in the past by the developers rolling out apparently untested buffs and nerfs, seemingly at random, and with little communication to the playerbase. Some of their microtransactions have also been a little questionable.

Regardless, there’s plenty of reason to get excited about Battletech again. The developers, Harebrained Schemes, are the same team behind the recent Shadowrun Returns, which also launched via Kickstarter and was a damn fine game on its own. On top of that, Jordan Weisman, the creator of Battletech, Mechwarrior and Shadowrun, is overseeing the project.

Unlike other Kickstarter projects which have asked for complete funding for a game, Battletech was launched with enough funding in place for the developers to create a singleplayer skirmish game. They went to Kickstarter to allow them to expand the game and add more content like a full singleplayer campaign, and PVP multiplayer. With the project pulling in over $1 million in its first day, the singleplayer campaign has been confirmed, with the next milestone of £1,850,000 allowing the developers to expand the campaign, and the multiplayer unlocking at $2,500,000. The game will be releasing on PC, OSX, and Linux.

Set during the classic Battletech era of 3025, the game will play out in turn-based tactical combat, with the player controlling his or her own lance of mercenaries caught up in the never-ending Wars of Succession and political turmoil of the era. This is the setting that the original Battletech tabletop game launched with, and it’s the one that’s arguably most familiar and popular amongst fans, or maybe that’s just me.

You’ve got 30-odd days left to fund the project, so head over there and see if there’s a reward level that catches your eye.

 

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