BattleTech Kickstarter Launches, Bringing Back Historical Mecha Franchise; Artwork Released
If you don’t know what BattleTech is, and you’re older than thirty, I’m taking your gamer card. The BattleTech series is one of the franchises that popularized turn-based mech combat across tabletop and computer games.
If you know Mechwarrior, then you’re set, because it’s the same world. Mechwarrior was originally the pen and paper RPG, while BattleTech was the tabletop wargame.
The Mechwarrior name has been generally used in gaming to indicate action and simulation experiences, while BattleTech generated strategy RPG games.
Today the folks at Harebrained Schemes went back to Kickstarter to fund the new game of the Battletech series, a turn-based strategy game for PC, Mac and Linux.
The game will be set during one of the turning points of the franchise’s time line, the Succession Wars in 3025.
At the helm of the project are the original creator of BattleTech Jordan Weisman, Shadowrun: Returns Creative Director Mike McCain and MechCommander Producer Mitch Gitelman.
The initial funding goals is just $250,000, half of which have already been pledged in minutes, with stretch goals all the way up to $2,500,000.
The game is scheduled to be released in May 2017.
Below you can see some art for the game, and if you want to contribute, you can do so on Kickstarter.
Full Disclosure: The author of this article is also a backer of the Kickstarter campaign. As a matter of fact, he backed it before his brain even registered that the campaign was open. He’s a big BattleTech nerd, and proud of it.