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That's it, it's done, finished. Harebrained Schemes have announced that their turn-based mech strategy game BATTLETECH is done, with a last patch coming this month.

After many patches and three big expansions across, the BATTLETECH saga is coming to a close nearly two years after the full release. Speaking in a fresh update on their Kickstarter, they said "Now, with our season pass at an end, HBS is going to focus on two brand new non-BattleTech projects. Our last free update, BATTLETECH Update 1.9, will release in late February. After that, BATTLETECH will continue to maintain customer support.".

Harebrained co-founder Mitch Gitelman also released this video:

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They also released another video with a timeline of the project structure, which was actually quite cool.

With them moving onto two new projects, we will be keeping a close eye on what they're up to. Since they supported Linux with multiple games and they're now owned by Paradox Interactive who are quite a Linux-friendly publisher most of the time too. Exciting to find out what they're up to!

If you wish to pick up BATTLETECH it's available for Linux from Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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The_Aquabat 15 February 2020 at 12:31 am UTC
TheRiddickFirst load time is fine,
did you try with 8gb of RAM?? with more is fine but with that amount it is not.


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jarhead_h 15 February 2020 at 1:27 am UTC
The_Aquabat
TheRiddickFirst load time is fine,
did you try with 8gb of RAM?? with more is fine but with that amount it is not.

I know this is gonna sound strange, but my first thought when you said that was "who is still running with only 8gigs of ram?" I've been on sixteen for like seven years, back in the DDR3 era. I'm on 16 now because I was impatient to get my new Ryzen budget build up and running. I'll upgrading to 64GB by end of Summer. A 3900X or even 3950X by end of year to replace the placeholder-2600 currently installed. Probably a 1TB Samsung PCIE4 NVME, also. New GPU+43in 4K monitor sometime next year.

Memory leaks should be fixed, granted, but get with the times.
Patola 15 February 2020 at 2:38 am UTC
The_Aquabat
Liam Dawe
The_AquabatDisappointing this game leaks memory. Picture this as the same as the Batman AK leaking scandal. It's still a nice game but you need more than 8gb of RAM for 1080p. I think that on windows for what I heard it doesn't happen (but it happens on MacOS). I reported that on the forums last year and they did nothing... and they knew this for a long time. saying that the game needs 8gb of RAM minimum it's a lie . they should come straight and make a statement and acknowledge that the game needs at least 12gb of RAM on Linux. There is not much PR now to be lost... making a statement won't influence in their sales at this point.
I do think their minimum should be bumped up too (which is true for A LOT of games), but I don't agree that it leaks memory. Needing more on Linux doesn't mean it's leaking, it's quite common with Unity games from all that I've tested especially when they're using some older builds too.

I played through an entire skirmish earlier, keeping in mind I have the two recent expansions and I didn't touch 7GB RAM use for the game but I have seen it hit 9GB before when playing 3-4 hours in one go but never higher than that.

well call it the way you want... maybe "bad memory management" sounds better the problem it's that is unplayable for me with 8gb the kernel crashes with out-of-memory errors. On the forums they are also talking about extremely long loading times like a loading screen taking over 10 minutes, pretty sure that's not how it should work.
And it's not just me with ram problems if you search a forums paradox plaza, there is tons of the same reports.
What if you use swap? It's good for these cases.
The_Aquabat 15 February 2020 at 3:58 am UTC
jarhead_h
The_Aquabat
TheRiddickFirst load time is fine,
did you try with 8gb of RAM?? with more is fine but with that amount it is not.

I know this is gonna sound strange, but my first thought when you said that was "who is still running with only 8gigs of ram?" I've been on sixteen for like seven years, back in the DDR3 era. I'm on 16 now because I was impatient to get my new Ryzen budget build up and running. I'll upgrading to 64GB by end of Summer. A 3900X or even 3950X by end of year to replace the placeholder-2600 currently installed. Probably a 1TB Samsung PCIE4 NVME, also. New GPU+43in 4K monitor sometime next year.

Memory leaks should be fixed, granted, but get with the times.

you are lucky I guess just check the user profiles here there is still A LOT people using hardware more than 4 or 5 years old. You miss the point Linux is about extending the lifespan of old hardware. this has been discussed before but contrary to popular belief we linux users are not bleeding edge lords... again check the profiles and you will see there's lots of ppl on really old hardware.

@Patola
no swap makes it worse, but I got my RAM module back that it was on RMA and now it runs fine. (It took months because it was shipped from USA)
I was just trying to warn ppl that are still on 8gb of RAM. And I was kind of annoyed at the time because they made me loose a lot of time, and support didn't help.


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orochi_kyo 15 February 2020 at 4:03 am UTC
jarhead_h
The_Aquabat
TheRiddickFirst load time is fine,
did you try with 8gb of RAM?? with more is fine but with that amount it is not.

I know this is gonna sound strange, but my first thought when you said that was "who is still running with only 8gigs of ram?" I've been on sixteen for like seven years, back in the DDR3 era. I'm on 16 now because I was impatient to get my new Ryzen budget build up and running. I'll upgrading to 64GB by end of Summer. A 3900X or even 3950X by end of year to replace the placeholder-2600 currently installed. Probably a 1TB Samsung PCIE4 NVME, also. New GPU+43in 4K monitor sometime next year.

Memory leaks should be fixed, granted, but get with the times.

Yeah, we live in the times of "who cares about optimizations", when games have memory leaks with 64GB then you'll get in 128GB?

You pretty much use this just to brag about how you have money for a 64GB PC, exactly the kind of PC gamer which is a minority but very vocal in forums telling people bad optimization is on their end and devs should not be blamed.
orochi_kyo 15 February 2020 at 4:19 am UTC
The_Aquabatyou are lucky I guess just check the user profiles here there is still A LOT people using hardware more than 4 or 5 years old. You miss the point Linux is about extending the lifespan of old hardware. this has been discussed before but contrary to popular belief we Linux users are not bleeding edge lords... again check the profiles and you will see there are lots of ppl and on really old hardware.

Yeah, one has to be lucky for having a job that gives you the pleasure of changing your PC every two years, the same reason console users use against PC gaming because people like him are a minority, but really vocal, they actually make people think that you have to be buying new GPU and memory modules every 2-3 years.

But Steam surveys show how 16GB isn't even the half, 8GB GPU is not even the 18% and four cores are the most used CPUs by Steam users.

You can say most people don't change their PCs because they are struggling with money issues, even when they have a stable job, but even that, for me it is really hard to think how I'm gonna treat my old PC knowing to recycle this kind of waste is quite costly and I don't want to just trash something is still working.

For me is sad when devs have to resort to raw power instead of optimization.
Schattenspiegel 15 February 2020 at 10:14 am UTC
Base game was and still is playable even with only 6GB of RAM if you have a decently sized SWAP partition/file on SSD. You will feel it though and will need to restart every other mission.
8GB makes it more enjoyable, but there will still be some swap activity in career/campaign mode (skirmish mode was always fine even on 6GB + SWAP)
The game could and should do a better job of memory management (Linux, Mac and Windows versions alike), but it is still absolutely playable with 8GB. Deactivating SWAP space is none standard behaviour, so one can not fault a game for crashing with a system configured that way.
jarhead_h 15 February 2020 at 6:43 pm UTC
orochi_kyo
The_Aquabatyou are lucky I guess just check the user profiles here there is still A LOT people using hardware more than 4 or 5 years old. You miss the point Linux is about extending the lifespan of old hardware. this has been discussed before but contrary to popular belief we Linux users are not bleeding edge lords... again check the profiles and you will see there are lots of ppl and on really old hardware.

Yeah, one has to be lucky for having a job that gives you the pleasure of changing your PC every two years, the same reason console users use against PC gaming because people like him are a minority, but really vocal, they actually make people think that you have to be buying new GPU and memory modules every 2-3 years.

I make $12 an hour. I live very cheap. I don't drink or smoke, don't eat at restaurants, don't date. I would like to do all of those things, but that takes money I don't have. I had saved $2000 for a 3900X/x570/x500XT system last year. Then an $1100 car repair on a Nissan Murano that then threw a rod 35 miles later forced to me buy a very used Ford Explorer for the remaining cash just to get to work. Instead of what I could have gotten I'm using a $150 mobo, a CPU I got on sale for about $100(If I had known about the 1600AF for $85 I would have bought that), a NVME that I've had sitting for six months because I bought on sale it in anticipation of the good system, along with the PSU I also bought at that time. Instead of the x500XT I was going to buy along with an LG 144 hz 32 in monitor, I carried over my existing gtx1060 and $120 Spectre 60hz tv.

The 16GB DDR4 3200 I bought instead of the 32GB 3600 I wanted is about $75 on newegg. If you have a job you can afford that. The 2600 is overclocking using it pretty okay. I'm only pushing it to 4GHZ, nothing bleeding edge. Cooler is a CM 212 EVO($29.99) with an extra fan carried over from the CM 212 EVO on my 2013-ish era Phenom II that is now just sitting there waiting to be some kind of server.

You know why I didn't buy a new GPU+monitor? It's because I need to build a CNC gantry router. I've been picking parts for literally years and should have the final pieces this next month or two. I'm hoping to do a Bitchute/Youtube channel featuring it as well as take side jobs using it because frankly no is calling me back when I send them my resume, so I guess I'm going into business for myself. I don't need the processing power for games, I need it for video editing.


Last edited by jarhead_h on 15 February 2020 at 6:48 pm UTC
TheRiddick 16 February 2020 at 1:05 am UTC
I have 32GB DDR4 as per my profile. Memory leaks are not just about a game gradually chewing up memory, that is bad sure but WHAT is chewing up memory is also important, because those things can also eat CPU and GPU processing cycles which slow down the overall experience. As is the case with this game!
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