BATTLETECH Announced

Harebrained Schemes announces BATTLETECH, a PC mech combat game Shadowrun Returns developer is planning in collaboration with Jordan Weisman, creator of BattleTech and MechWarrior. They plan a Kickstarter campaign this fall, and in the meantime they offer a website with concept art, newsletter signups, and the following outline of their plans:
TACTICAL ‘MECH COMBAT RETURNS TO THE PC.

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.
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Aug 3, 2015, 19:40
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That's not what I'm saying at all. What I'm saying is that if anyone else were to take up a Mechwarrior first person type title, PGI would basically do all they can to end it so that there wouldn't be any sort of competition or "fracturing" of the player base.

I have no doubts that HBS will make this game.

Also, just so more of the population knows, Microsoft won't release the licenses (everything they bought from FASA) to someone else unless it's quite a substantial amount of money (probably in the range of $100 million for all FASA properties). All you can do is purchase the ability to make a game utilizing a (Non)Commercial License of that property.

So PGI doesn't hold the whole of the IP, just a commercial license to build a game off of it. The same thing is happening with HBS, they are licensing the commercial right to make a game based on Battletech. Even though Jordan Weisman is the creator, when FASA Interactive was purchased, he basically gave up the electronic rights to his games.

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Jul 30, 2015, 15:26
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Jul 30, 2015, 15:26
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 30, 2015, 02:39:
LandrosRadick wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:29:
In regards to the license: Microsoft still owns all DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT rights of Mechwarrior and Battletech. Both in Trademark and Copyright. IGP (or Infinite Games Publishing, the original publisher of MWO) transferred their commercial license right (they paid Microsoft for) to PGI before or just after folding. So now PGI is a direct licensee developer, rather than going through IGP.

Any other company can do the same and become a licensee of the property and develop games, however PGI is pretty notorious for not wanting to share even a fraction of the community, a la being threatened by MWLL's expanding features and basically told the devs to shut it down or "else".

So what you are saying is that regardless of the Kickstarter this is not going to happen?
I don't think that PGI purchased the rights beyond the FPSimulator verison of MW. MW:Tactics (now defunct) was a tabletop style game and I'm not sure IGP sold the rights to or if they reverted to Microsoft.

Keep in mind that PGI's Russ Bullock has already tweeted support for Harebrain's new endeavor and has indicated that there is a creative IP sharing agreement already in place for models and artwork. So obviously PGI isn't standing in the way of this one.
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Jul 30, 2015, 05:06
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No love for MechCommander?
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Jul 30, 2015, 05:00
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Kxmode wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 13:54:
One of the first PC games I played, besides ample Sierra adventure games, was BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception. pew pew lasers!

Played the shit out of that game.

Also, still have my MW2 and MW2: Mercs disks. Might be time to load them up, although I know they've not aged well. Still, there's nothing like the old MW games out there.
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Jul 30, 2015, 02:39
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Jul 30, 2015, 02:39
 
LandrosRadick wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:29:
In regards to the license: Microsoft still owns all DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT rights of Mechwarrior and Battletech. Both in Trademark and Copyright. IGP (or Infinite Games Publishing, the original publisher of MWO) transferred their commercial license right (they paid Microsoft for) to PGI before or just after folding. So now PGI is a direct licensee developer, rather than going through IGP.

Any other company can do the same and become a licensee of the property and develop games, however PGI is pretty notorious for not wanting to share even a fraction of the community, a la being threatened by MWLL's expanding features and basically told the devs to shut it down or "else".

So what you are saying is that regardless of the Kickstarter this is not going to happen?
I have a nifty blue line!
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Jul 29, 2015, 23:34
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I actually enjoyed that one, until I hit the crash bug that stopped me from progressing. Totally different game than the first one though. If they would do a 3D accelerated version, I'd buy it.
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Jul 29, 2015, 19:40
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Jul 29, 2015, 19:40
 
harlock wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:59:
Zor wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 14:59:
Infocom Presents... The Crescent Hawks REVENGE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDL9iZop5LY

this was a great game. i loved this game

btw you can exploit the stock market by investing in the sure thing, then taping down the arrow key on the keyboard so it advances a turn regularly

That would be Crescent Hawk's Inception, not Revenge.
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Jul 29, 2015, 19:38
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Jul 29, 2015, 19:38
 
Battle for Jacob's Star is slightly more modern!
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Jul 29, 2015, 18:09
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Jul 29, 2015, 18:09
 
Thanks, I do. I've still got an image of the disk I play through dosbox every now and then. Back when SSI was good (and still existed).

I'm holding out hope for something slightly more modern though.
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Jul 29, 2015, 18:00
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Minuit wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 17:42:
TangoBaker wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:57:
We can hope. I'm as much a Battletech fan as the next guy but I've always wanted a PC version of the old FASA Crimson Skies. Or maybe even Renegade Legion.

You probably already know this but there was a PC version of Renegade Legion: Interceptor. It was a pretty faithful adaptation of the board game, and was only missing the important rules for how much damage you took when you accidentally knocked over the little cardboard box miniatures.



Be fair now...the amount of damage you took for knocking over the miniatures was totally dependent on who you were playing with.
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TangoBaker wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:57:
We can hope. I'm as much a Battletech fan as the next guy but I've always wanted a PC version of the old FASA Crimson Skies. Or maybe even Renegade Legion.

You probably already know this but there was a PC version of Renegade Legion: Interceptor. It was a pretty faithful adaptation of the board game, and was only missing the important rules for how much damage you took when you accidentally knocked over the little cardboard box miniatures.

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Jul 29, 2015, 17:41
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Jul 29, 2015, 17:41
 
Although I got burned with MWT, I'm willing to put my faith in Harebrained after the great job they have done with the Shadowrun games. Fingers crossed!
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Jul 29, 2015, 17:03
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Hmm, could be fun. Will watch the kickstarter video once they put it up.
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TangoBaker wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:57:
We can hope. I'm as much a Battletech fan as the next guy but I've always wanted a PC version of the old FASA Crimson Skies. Or maybe even Renegade Legion.

My only concern (now that I've thought about it all day) is I hope battletech isn't just a reskin of what they're doing w/ shadowrun.

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Jul 29, 2015, 16:59
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Zor wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 14:59:
Infocom Presents... The Crescent Hawks REVENGE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDL9iZop5LY

this was a great game. i loved this game

btw you can exploit the stock market by investing in the sure thing, then taping down the arrow key on the keyboard so it advances a turn regularly
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Jul 29, 2015, 16:57
 
We can hope. I'm as much a Battletech fan as the next guy but I've always wanted a PC version of the old FASA Crimson Skies. Or maybe even Renegade Legion.
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Jul 29, 2015, 16:56
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Super excited like everyone else.

But the website states, "the game will feature an open-ended Mercenaries-style campaign that blends RPG ‘Mech and MechWarrior management with modern turn-based tactics."

I'd love if they made something like the trailer they showed back in 2008/2009. I will still be happy with a turn base game, but I would love mechwarrior of old!

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Jul 29, 2015, 16:50
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TangoBaker wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 16:42:
Who's got Crimson Skies these days?

Think it's MS. Pretty sure Jordan has mumbled about it once or twice, but nothings happened. You would think, with them borrowing the SR license from MS, and it being "successful" (generally speaking), Ms might give them a shot at CS.

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Who's got Crimson Skies these days?
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Jul 29, 2015, 16:29
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Jul 29, 2015, 16:29
 
In regards to the license: Microsoft still owns all DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT rights of Mechwarrior and Battletech. Both in Trademark and Copyright. IGP (or Infinite Games Publishing, the original publisher of MWO) transferred their commercial license right (they paid Microsoft for) to PGI before or just after folding. So now PGI is a direct licensee developer, rather than going through IGP.

Any other company can do the same and become a licensee of the property and develop games, however PGI is pretty notorious for not wanting to share even a fraction of the community, a la being threatened by MWLL's expanding features and basically told the devs to shut it down or "else".
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