When I was young, my friends and I would meet up every Friday night to play games. Not computer games, but wargames. We would build vast battlefields, painstakingly paint our miniatures and come up with all kinds of lore. One of the games I enjoyed the most was Battletech. Giant robots beating the snot out of each other had a certain appeal to young me, and that appeal still holds strong nearly two decades later. It has been a long time since I played Battletech, but thankfully Harebrained Schemes are bringing a Battletech game to PC!
The year is 3025 and the galaxy is trapped in a cycle of perpetual war, fought by noble houses with enormous, mechanized combat vehicles called BattleMechs. Take command of your own mercenary outfit of `Mechs and the MechWarriors that pilot them, struggling to stay afloat as you find yourself drawn into a brutal interstellar civil war. Upgrade your starfaring base of operations, negotiate mercenary contracts with feudal lords, repair and maintain your stable of aging BattleMechs, and execute devastating combat tactics to defeat your enemies on the battlefield.
Sounds like fun, right? Battletech will be a turn-based tactical game, and it looks wonderful. I have really enjoyed watching videos of the game, seeing salvos of rockets ripping apart Mechs, and lasers cutting through armor like it is nothing.
I honestly don’t know if it can capture the incredible fun and tension of the tabletop version, but it certainly looks the part! I also have a degree of faith in Harebrained Schemes, having enjoyed what they did with Shadowrun, so my hopes are high. While no exact release date is currently set, the game is due to come out in April. I’m extremely excited to get my hands on this one.