BATTLETECH Alpha Video

A new Kickstarter update from Harebrained Schemes announces the release of a new "super-pre-alpha" trailer from their upcoming BATTLETECH game (thanks nin). The post is for backers only, so all the rest if us can see is the headline. It reads, "A 'Super-Pre-Alpha' First Look at BATTLETECH Combat - And It’s Playable at GenCon! Plus a New Late Backer Opportunity!" That said, the video itself is not actually private, so unless that changes, it is viewable by us unwashed masses. Word is:
A short sneak-peek of combat in an early pre-alpha build of BATTLETECH! We look forward to showing you more of the game later this year. And if you happen to be in Indianapolis this weekend for GenCon, stop by Booth 2329 to say hi and try the demo out for yourself!

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Aug 8, 2016, 17:39
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Re: BATTLETECH Alpha Video Aug 8, 2016, 17:39
Aug 8, 2016, 17:39
 
I played this at GenCon. Listen, as a long time BattleTech player and somebody who works the Catalyst Games Lab booth every GenCon (CGL is the company that holds the license to produce BattleTech from Topps), Harebrained Schemes version plays like table top. For me the game took all of the best parts of the TT game and gave that to the player. Then it took all of the crappy busywork and gave it to the computer. Mitch Gitelman was also at GenCon, what I said above is the answer I gave him when he asked my opinion on the build. That answer, he said, made his day. Given how his face lit up I knew he wasn't stroking my ego.

HBS is advertising the game as pre-Alpha, so I asked the dev who was standing over my shoulder how far along things were. Graphics are at about 80%, features are at 70%. The biggest missing component for the combat engine was physical attacks, the reason for them not being in the build ended up being crappy animations. If things keep progressing along at the same level of quality as they have been then I think this game was probably the best $50 I spent on gaming last year.
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