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, 15:06
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Kxmode wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 14:55:
BadIronTree wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 14:51:
53 min is that a record ?
lol

"They indicate they have funded the base game themselves." They did that.
They have the money... They did not buy 2500 game packages man...
Kickstarter take 5% from the money ...
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Sep 29, 2015, 15:03
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nin
 
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.)

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Sep 29, 2015, 15:03
 Kxmode
 
I'm in a for $50!

The first PC game I played was Battletech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception in 1990.
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 Kxmode
 
nin wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 13:43:
In for $50.

Is this your first crowdfunded game?
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Sep 29, 2015, 14:59
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Sep 29, 2015, 14:59
 
I was fortunate to back the game at this year's GenCon. It'll be interesting to see how much the final number goes up when folks like me get rolled in.
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 14:55
Sep 29, 2015, 14:55
 Kxmode
 
BadIronTree wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 14:51:
53 min is that a record ?
lol

"They indicate they have funded the base game themselves." They did that.
"Listen, Peter... with great horsepower comes... the sickest drifts..." - source
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 14:54
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Sep 29, 2015, 14:54
 
Backed immediately, with the $125 house banner. Harebrained are great, Battletech is great, only great things can come out of this.
(edit) oh wow that KS is moving fast, really fast.
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 14:51
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Sep 29, 2015, 14:51
 
53 min is that a record ?
lol
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Sep 29, 2015, 14:36
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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.
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 14:23
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Sep 29, 2015, 14:23
 
I don't know about you guys but I'm hoping they get enough funding to put some real attention into the single player and RPG aspects of this... We've had Mechwarrior branded games and they were just OK. Hopefully Battletech will open it up a bit.
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Sep 29, 2015, 14:18
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 14:18
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?"
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 14:17
nin
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Sep 29, 2015, 14:17
nin
 
Aaand first update!

>>>DISPATCH FROM HBS_HIGH COMMAND:

>>>ALPHA STRIKE A SUCCESS. FUNDED IN 53 MINUTES.

>>>MAINTAIN SUPPRESSION FIRE.

>>>CALL IN FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR REINFORCEMENTS.

>>>NO PRISONERS.

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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 13:57
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Sep 29, 2015, 13:57
 
Funded for $135.

I want a modern Mechwarrior game, damn it!
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Sep 29, 2015, 13:56
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Task wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 13:55:
They used their investment money for making the base skirmish game, which will get made regardless (basically a 3D version of MegaMek if any of ya'll know what that is, where you make your lances or regiments, make a map, and make a scenario to fight on). Whether they make the millions to make the singe-player though, we'll see. (they've been able to get between 1.2 and 1.5 for their last kickstarters)

Single player is the $1 million stretchgoal.

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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 13:55
Sep 29, 2015, 13:55
 
They used their investment money for making the base skirmish game, which will get made regardless (basically a 3D version of MegaMek if any of ya'll know what that is, where you make your lances or regiments, make a map, and make a scenario to fight on). Whether they make the millions to make the singe-player though, we'll see. (they've been able to get between 1.2 and 1.5 for their last kickstarters)
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Sep 29, 2015, 13:51
 
*checks mailbox for check from new job*

*checks mailbox again*

*checks one more time*


Now this is a kickstarter I want to fund!
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 13:49
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Sep 29, 2015, 13:49
 
Pretty cool. I would play the shit out of this if they did it right.
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Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter
Sep 29, 2015, 13:43
nin
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nin
 
Close to funded in 45 minutes. Lots of stretches. In for $50. Hope it goes well for them.

edit: Paypal is also available, if you'd prefer to go that route.

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