Video Game / BattleTech

The upcoming Turn-Based Tactics 'mech game by Harebrained Schemes set in the year 3025 of the eponymous universe, in-between the third and Fourth Succession Wars, putting you in the control of the start-up mercenary group working out in the Periphery.

The game was funded through Kickstarter, reaching all goals with the total of $2,865,422, including PayPal.

The game is expected to come out in 2017.

This game promises to contain examples of:

  • Alliance Meter: Your standing with the Great Houses. Don't expect, for example, to safely work for House Liao after working against them under House Davion's employ.
  • Combatant Cooldown System: The Turn-Order system, which consists of five phases: Light Mechs piloted by very skilled Mechwarriors > Light Mechs > Medium Mechs > Heavy Mechs > Assault Mechs. Within the phase, "I Go, You Go" is used along with the One Activation per Phase. Also, mechs lighter than Assault can be reserved for later use in later phases.
  • Cool Starship: The Argo, first (and at this point, only) example of the Argo-class JumpShip, intended to be a mobile base for your mercenaries. It's got three rotating habitation modules that fold in when it's going to accelerate, room for 57,000 tons of cargo, three docking collars allowing it to deploy an entire company of 'Mechs at once from attached Leopard-class DropShips, and extensive hydroponic gardens allowing it to operate for months at a time without resupply. The devs have indicated that the Argo will be an important part of the campaign's narrative, and won't have simply been bought or salvaged.
  • Design-It-Yourself Equipment: Mech customization.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: The developers have promised that melee combat will be implemented. Given that this game takes place before 'mech hatchets and swords were a thing, expect to see giant robots brutally slugging each other in the face.
  • Hufflepuff House: The section of the Periphery the game takes place in was selected as the narrative setting because the amount of lore that had been written about it across the franchise's long history was sparse, only covering it in Broad Strokes while being touched on but not currently dominated by many other major powers from the setting. This made it an ideal place to craft an original campaign narrative within its own particular regional politics and history.
  • Karma Meter: Your reputation and reliability. Not everybody wants to hire a nobody, or a known contract breaker.
  • Player Headquarters: An old Star League-era exploratory super-dropship that definitely seen better days. Over the course of the game you can restore and upgrade it.
  • Private Military Contractors: Who you play as. You will encounter other mercenary groups during your career.
  • Skill Scores and Perks: While RPG elements will not be as extensive as in HBS' Shadowrun games, pilots will have skills and/or perks that tailored to specific 'Mech weight classes.
  • Treacherous Quest Giver: Some liaisons have their own agenda separate from their employers, and not always to your benefit.
  • Turn-Based Tactics: Like the tabletop game it is based upon, though unlike the defunct Tactics game, it will not be a complete copypaste of TT rules.