Originally published at: http://statelyplay.com/2018/04/12/battletech-heading-to-pcmac-on-april-24/
It was my first year at Gen Con, four or five years ago, when we meandered over to the Harebrained Schemes
booth to cover their miniatures/app-based game, Golem Arcana
. While we touched on that, they were far more interested in showing us something that was only in the planning stages at that point: a return to digital of the classic miniatures game, BattleTech
. We watched it grow year after year with our annual Gen Con visits only to hear last year that it had been picked up by Paradox
, the company that can do no wrong. [Dave has been angling for a Paradox sponsorship for awhile now (unsuccessfully). He's still completely unbiased. :insert rolling-eye emoji here: -ed.
Yesterday, thanks to the hard work of our citizen journalists, we learned that it's time to start flexing your mech-driving finger--not a real thing but I'm not smart enough to come up with a better visual--because BattleTech is coming to PC/Mac on April 24.
The PC/Mac version of BattleTech puts you in the galvanized shoes of over 30 different mechs in a turn-based battle against the AI or other humans via online multiplayer.
- COMMAND A SQUAD OF
MECHS IN TURN-BASED COMBAT: Deploy over 30 BattleMechs in a wide variety of combinations. Use terrain, positioning, weapon selection and special abilities to outmaneuver and outplay your opponents.</li>
MECHS: Use your MechLab to maintain and upgrade your units, replacing damaged weapon systems with battlefield salvage taken from fallen foes.
<li>MANAGE YOUR MERCENARY COMPANY: Recruit, customize, and develop unique MechWarriors. Improve and customize your dropship. As a Mercenary, travel a wide stretch of space, taking missions and managing your reputation with a variety of noble houses and local factions.</li>
<li>TAKE PART IN A DESPERATE CIVIL WAR: Immerse yourself in the story of a violently deposed ruler, waging a brutal war to take back her throne with the support of your ragtag mercenary company.</li>
- FIGHT YOUR WAY ACROSS THE PERIPHERY: As a Mercenary, travel a wide stretch of space, taking missions and managing your reputation with a variety of noble houses and local factions.
- PVP MULTIPLAYER & SKIRMISH MODE: Customize a Lance of ‘Mechs and MechWarriors to go head-to-head with your friends, compete against opponents online, or jump into single-player skirmish mode to test your strategies against the AI.
Sounds good? Yeah, I thought so, too.
BattleTech will be available in a $40 basic version or $50 digital deluxe version which gets you an art book, wallpapers, soundtrack, and forum goodies for that extra Hamilton. I'm hoping to get a review of this one up at some point, but it will have to be after the release as we can't get a code until we buy it ourselves on the 24th (we're too small for Paradox to pay attention to...stick that in your self-esteem pipe and smoke it). Oh, I also have to talk someone into writing it. This has Alex written all over it.