BATTLETECH Kickstarter

Harebrained Schemes has launched a Kickstarter for BATTLETECH, a new Windows, OS X, and Linux mech combat game set (obviously enough) in the BattleTech universe (thanks nin). Those hoping this will be a true BattleTech experience will be reassured to know that this is a turn-based game being designed by Jordan Weisman, originator of the series, and it uses the original setting of the year 3025. They indicate they have funded the base game themselves, and the project is already well on its way towards its $250K goal in under an hour. They currently list stretch goals up to $2.5 million, which carries the promise of PvP multiplayer, though oddly, a couple of the intermediate rewards are still TBD. Here's part of their pitch:
With your help! The success of our last few games allows us to fund the Base Skirmish Game - but with your support BATTLETECH can become so much more. Here's how the game will expand as the campaign's funding increases. (For a full summary, see the Game Stages section below).

  • STAGE 1 (Already funded by Harebrained Schemes): A turn-based tactical skirmish game - command a Lance of 4 'Mechs & MechWarriors against AI opponents across a variety of battlefields.
  • STAGE 2 ($1,000,000): We add a full, single-player story campaign to the game.
  • STAGE 3 ($1,850,000): We add side-missions, procedurally-generated missions and the campaign becomes open-ended.
  • STAGE 4 ($2,500,000): Introduces PVP multiplayer combat in the famous arenas of Solaris VII.

BATTLETECH is in development for PC, Mac, and Linux in English and will be delivered in standard and DRM-free versions on Steam, GoG, and Humble stores. The game will also be made available in German, French, and Russian (with localized text, and audio subtitles) in a post-launch update. Other platforms and languages may be announced at a later stage. BATTLETECH is expected to launch in early 2017.

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Sep 29, 2015, 20:22
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Task wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 15:49:
I guarantee they had to mention MWO in that pitch video specifically because they are using their art style. Basically free advertising. It sucks that they didn't even mention MW3, MW4, and MW:LL. Oh well, I'm in it for the turn-based gaming and SO... SOOOOO glad it is not f2p, hallelujah.

I can almost see it now, "What's this MWO they are mentioning? A new MechWarrior, could it be!?" *Intrepid clueless buyer Googles it and finds it* "Oh is it like MW5?" *They see f2p* "Oh its that game... so its not actually MW5... and the Mechs cost more than Shadowrun Returns, Hong Kong, and BattleTech combined?"

If I remember right, a lot of the original artwork was used without permission from Japanese anime and manga, so they had to change it, probably why they went with MWO's art style.
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Sep 29, 2015, 20:19
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Sep 29, 2015, 20:19
 
I'm in for $50. The Shadowrun games have been really good (better with each new one they've released), and I don't doubt that these guys can deliver. I kinda wish they'd support up to company level engagements rather than just lance level. Maybe in a sequel or expansion...

Looks like they won't have much trouble hitting $1M. At least we should get the single-player campaign out of it. That's what I'm looking forward to.
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 20:10
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 20:10
Sep 29, 2015, 20:10
 
I chipped in for $25. I've liked Shadowrun.
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Sep 29, 2015, 19:25
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Sep 29, 2015, 19:25
 
from 350k to 600k in the last 4 hours.. pretty good climb.
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Sep 29, 2015, 19:20
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Sep 29, 2015, 19:20
 
BadIronTree wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 14:51:
53 min is that a record ?
lol

I just backed a board game today that was funded in 2 minutes.

The goal was lower, around 50k, but still...
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Sep 29, 2015, 19:19
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Sep 29, 2015, 19:19
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 14:36:
Task wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 14:18:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 13:57:

I want a modern Mechwarrior game, damn it!

Maybe in another 10 years? Or maybe back at 10,000 and visit Jordan, have a sit down with him, and ask "Please MW5?"

Yeah, problem is a modern MW game is a $15-20M cost to develop. Hard to KS that.

100 MILLION DOLLAR STAR CITIZEN STRETCH GOAL: MECHS AND MECHA COMBAT!

God I hope I didn't give anyone ideas just now.
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Sep 29, 2015, 19:17
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Sep 29, 2015, 19:17
 
Zor wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 18:00:
ugh.

Why couldn't the base game be a PVP skirmish with mission designer? A single player game should come after that as a stretch goal considering what the source material is.

The original tabletop game is a multiplayer experience, not single player.

Complexity, usually.

If they make the Multiplayer goal, they will undoubtedly pay attention to how the game is built to keep it from conflicting with MP designs, but often the engine is simpler if you don't have to consider it at all.

Single player also offers something for people who don't have friends to play with and don't want to play with strangers (Assuming there's some kind of matchmaking service, I'm sure we'll get more details on that when it gets closer).

Single Player also gives them an avenue for expansions with relatively small engineering commitment. Expanding multiplayer by just adding a few maps and mechs might not be as appealing.

Also, if more people really want multiplayer, it incentivizes them to back for a higher amount. If it was the other way around, people who aren't interested in MP might not feel like backing if there's a chance the SP campaign isn't reached. Certainly still a (slim) possibility starting with the skirmish before SP Campaign, but I'm pretty sure they'll reach that at least.

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Sep 29, 2015, 18:53
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Cutter wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 18:38:
I said virtual goods. I understand that shipping physical goods here costs money. And while I don't agree with how my government devalues our currency there's little I can do about it. A copy of software is a whole different ball of wax however. They have regional pricing for every other country...except us, so hell no.

In all fairness, this exchange rate is closer to historical norms (still remember in high school when the exchange rate was basically 2:1...). Most any country with exports based around oil is getting their currency values hammered right now - some, like the currencies in Norway, Russia, and Brazil, make the Loonie seem practically stable in comparison.
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Sep 29, 2015, 18:38
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 17:59:
Cutter wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 15:55:
This is how most crowdfunding should work. Company has proven track record and a few successes under their belt. And now they have the money for the base product so it will be delivered regardless but are seeking money for additional bells and whistles. See how this works CIG?

I'd back it but not without regional pricing. No way I'm paying 25 points more for the same virtual product.

Um, .74 USD = 1CAD. 25 points is exactly the exchange rate. Not sure what the issue is. It's not like you can drive down to the US and buy stuff 1:1 with CAD down here.

I said virtual goods. I understand that shipping physical goods here costs money. And while I don't agree with how my government devalues our currency there's little I can do about it. A copy of software is a whole different ball of wax however. They have regional pricing for every other country...except us, so hell no.
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 18:37
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 18:37
Sep 29, 2015, 18:37
 
Holding off until we see if there's a single player campaign.
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Sep 29, 2015, 18:00
Zor
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 18:00
Sep 29, 2015, 18:00
Zor
 
ugh.

Why couldn't the base game be a PVP skirmish with mission designer? A single player game should come after that as a stretch goal considering what the source material is.

The original tabletop game is a multiplayer experience, not single player.
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Sep 29, 2015, 17:59
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 17:59
Sep 29, 2015, 17:59
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 15:55:
This is how most crowdfunding should work. Company has proven track record and a few successes under their belt. And now they have the money for the base product so it will be delivered regardless but are seeking money for additional bells and whistles. See how this works CIG?

I'd back it but not without regional pricing. No way I'm paying 25 points more for the same virtual product.

Um, .74 USD = 1CAD. 25 points is exactly the exchange rate. Not sure what the issue is. It's not like you can drive down to the US and buy stuff 1:1 with CAD down here.
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Sep 29, 2015, 16:46
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Sep 29, 2015, 16:46
 
Creston wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 15:33:
Since Kickstarter decided to go with a brilliant payment processor that seems to not comprehend the existence of a Discover credit card, I have been unable to KS anything.

I'd back this, but alas.

Yeah, not entirely sure what was wrong with Amazon Payments for them to go with a new processor... doesn't affect me much, but still...
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 15:55
Sep 29, 2015, 15:55
 
This is how most crowdfunding should work. Company has proven track record and a few successes under their belt. And now they have the money for the base product so it will be delivered regardless but are seeking money for additional bells and whistles. See how this works CIG?

I'd back it but not without regional pricing. No way I'm paying 25 points more for the same virtual product.
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:49
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 15:49
Sep 29, 2015, 15:49
 
I guarantee they had to mention MWO in that pitch video specifically because they are using their art style. Basically free advertising. It sucks that they didn't even mention MW3, MW4, and MW:LL. Oh well, I'm in it for the turn-based gaming and SO... SOOOOO glad it is not f2p, hallelujah.

I can almost see it now, "What's this MWO they are mentioning? A new MechWarrior, could it be!?" *Intrepid clueless buyer Googles it and finds it* "Oh is it like MW5?" *They see f2p* "Oh its that game... so its not actually MW5... and the Mechs cost more than Shadowrun Returns, Hong Kong, and BattleTech combined?"
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 15:36
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nin
 
Creston wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 15:33:
Since Kickstarter decided to go with a brilliant payment processor that seems to not comprehend the existence of a Discover credit card, I have been unable to KS anything.

I'd back this, but alas.

See post 1, or scroll down their KS page. They offer PP.

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Sep 29, 2015, 15:33
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:33
 
Since Kickstarter decided to go with a brilliant payment processor that seems to not comprehend the existence of a Discover credit card, I have been unable to KS anything.

I'd back this, but alas.
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:24
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:24
 
Hoping this hits 1 million. Only thing i would be actually interested in.
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:12
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:12
 
I use to play battletech as a kid. Loved it. One kickstarter i don't mind backing.
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:10
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:10
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nin wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 15:03:
Kxmode wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 15:00:
nin wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 13:43:
In for $50.

Is this your first crowdfunded game?

Oh, no... Actually, number 50, according to their records! (Shadow of the Eternals was just so I could laugh it up at the board comments.)

Oh! My Lawdy! And here I thought my list was large.
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