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BattleTech Returns: Shadowrun Studio Preparing Mech Combat Kickstarter

Shadowrun has enjoyed a triumphant return and after the superb Dragonfall, I’m as excited about the the upcoming trip to Hong Kong as I am about almost any other game coming up in the second half of the year. Harebrained Schemes love a good return though and now they’re preparing to help another series step back into the limelight.

BattleTech is back. Or at least it will be if an upcoming Kickstarter is successful. Details below.

Harebrained Schemes is pleased to announce their return to Kickstarter this Fall to partner with backers in co-funding the creation of BATTLETECH. Jordan Weisman, the creator of BattleTech and MechWarrior, is back with the first turn-based BattleTech game for PC in over two decades. Steeped in the feudal political intrigue of the BattleTech universe, the game will feature an open-ended Mercenaries-style campaign that blends RPG ‘Mech and MechWarrior management with modern turn-based tactics.

The original creator is onboard, its going to be turn-based and this is a very exciting announcement indeed. Even the campaign structure sounds exactly as I imagine these things in my dreams – “an open-ended Mercenaries-style campaign that blends RPG ‘Mech and MechWarrior management with modern turn-based tactics”. YES.

It’s probably best not to get too giddy and, hey, let’s see wait see and how Shadowrun: Hong Kong works out. Oh, and there’s Necropolis, Harebrained’s other game.

If you’re lucky enough to attend Gen Con over the next few days, you’ll be able to try Necropolis and take an early peek at a BattleTech asset. Maybe more. Given that the Kickstarter hasn’t even launched yet, I doubt there’s much to see.

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