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BATTLETECH has a new story trailer to show off

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BATTLETECH, the turn-based strategy game from Harebrained Schemes and Paradox Interactive has a new story trailer.

Sadly, the Linux version was delayed by Harebrained Schemes so we won't see it for a few months. The Windows release is coming up this month on April 24th.

It does look and sound like it's going to be a great game for those who enjoy turn-based strategy. With over 30 BattleMechs to choose from with plenty of upgrade options, along with managing your own mercenary company it's going to be interesting. 

It will have a single-player, a skirmish mode as well as online PvP to play against friends and the wider community.

As I said before, I've no doubt Harebrained Schemes will deliver the Linux version as promised. Absolutely no reason to doubt them in this case, hopefully with the delay the Linux version will see plenty of polish.

If you do wish to pre-order, not that I recommend it, but if you do you can find it on Humble Store, GOG and Steam. Note: Humble and GOG links are affiliate links.

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Avehicle7887 14 April 2018 at 9:47 pm UTC
Another game I will most likely not buy because of pre order bonuses.

The situation as it stands:

The "Shadowhawk Pack" is a pre-order bonus and the game is releasing as a Windows+Mac first. As a Linux user I want to buy it once the Linux version is out which by the time that happens the pre-orders bonus is gone so goodbye exclusive skin.

Secondly there is the GOG + Multiplayer issue, the dev gave us no assurance the Linux version will be available on GOG. From past experiences, devs seem to magically wake up late to the "Galaxy isn't present on Linux" thing and that can easily mean no Linux for GOG.


Personally it doesn't make any difference to me paying full price now or at release, I'm more than happy to support hard work. However I'm not going to tolerate missing content just because I'm on a different platform. Pre-Order bonuses is bad marketing and they're shooting their own feet here.

I can kinda understand this post may not go down well for some people, but I've been burned twice by a similar situation and I'm not going to make that mistake again.
mirv 14 April 2018 at 10:26 pm UTC
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It's really odd to me actually that Kickstarter funded this....and so they should have the money, right? I mean to develop and release on all their goals. So they could just finish the goals, and _then_ release....right? I don't get the reason to otherwise "have" to delay anything to post-launch.

Sadly, that I expected all this from the start is the one reason I'm still not overly excited about this game. And certainly won't be buying until there's a sale - if there's even a GNU/Linux version ever released. My only experience with hairbrained is all this too, and I have to say that so far I'm unimpressed.

On a Battletech related note however, I have just discovered the joys of 3d printing my own 'mechs. And the frustration at how easily a 3d printer can fail when you don't have that particular spare part to fix it. At least the 'mech designs coming from Paradox are getting some really good use!
Comandante Ñoñardo 3 years 15 April 2018 at 12:43 am UTC
This has triggered memories in me... Memories from about 20 years ago, when I played a DEMO of a game called Mechwarrior...
That game was much better by the way..
ajgp 15 April 2018 at 7:30 am UTC
I backed this on Kickstarter so can't wait til it releases on Linux. It looks absolutely amazing from the YouTube videos I have seen.
Arehandoro 15 April 2018 at 8:20 am UTC
It has much of my attention. If we get a release kind of soon after the Win-Mac launch, I will probably be willing to pay full price.
slaapliedje 15 April 2018 at 6:00 pm UTC
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Comandante ÑoñardoThis has triggered memories in me... Memories from about 20 years ago, when I played a DEMO of a game called Mechwarrior...
That game was much better by the way..

So Mechwarrior is like the RPG version of Battletech, which was originally a hex-based board game where you'd build up your mechs with X amount of points/currency, toss them into planetary arenas and do battle. So the games were based on those two. It was kind of like how Car Wars became Autoduel (RPG).

If you ever get a group together to play board games, I'd highly recommend Battletech, it's phenomenal.
Zephar 15 April 2018 at 6:31 pm UTC
Only game i've ever pre-ordered. As Harebrained Schemes scheme has had a good track record. The fact that on the remaining stuff needing done they put Linux at the top tells me they want to get it done. I wont download or touch my copy until its on Linux though. Will be writing them as well.
Disharmonic 15 April 2018 at 8:04 pm UTC
mirvIt's really odd to me actually that Kickstarter funded this....and so they should have the money, right? I mean to develop and release on all their goals. So they could just finish the goals, and _then_ release....right? I don't get the reason to otherwise "have" to delay anything to post-launch.

Sadly, that I expected all this from the start is the one reason I'm still not overly excited about this game. And certainly won't be buying until there's a sale - if there's even a GNU/Linux version ever released. My only experience with hairbrained is all this too, and I have to say that so far I'm unimpressed.

On a Battletech related note however, I have just discovered the joys of 3d printing my own 'mechs. And the frustration at how easily a 3d printer can fail when you don't have that particular spare part to fix it. At least the 'mech designs coming from Paradox are getting some really good use!
Iirc they released all 3 Shadowrun games the same way. Linux happened a couple of months after the Window/Mac release.
14 16 April 2018 at 4:36 am UTC
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Avehicle7887Another game I will most likely not buy because of pre order bonuses.

The situation as it stands:

The "Shadowhawk Pack" is a pre-order bonus and the game is releasing as a Windows+Mac first. As a Linux user I want to buy it once the Linux version is out which by the time that happens the pre-orders bonus is gone so goodbye exclusive skin.

Secondly there is the GOG + Multiplayer issue, the dev gave us no assurance the Linux version will be available on GOG. From past experiences, devs seem to magically wake up late to the "Galaxy isn't present on Linux" thing and that can easily mean no Linux for GOG.


Personally it doesn't make any difference to me paying full price now or at release, I'm more than happy to support hard work. However I'm not going to tolerate missing content just because I'm on a different platform. Pre-Order bonuses is bad marketing and they're shooting their own feet here.

I can kinda understand this post may not go down well for some people, but I've been burned twice by a similar situation and I'm not going to make that mistake again.
What you're saying only makes sense. There is zero reason to pre-order. We aren't getting the bonuses. And it's not like they're going to run out of copies. Buy it when it comes to Linux.

I am really looking forward to this game.
ajgp 16 April 2018 at 7:57 am UTC
Avehicle7887Another game I will most likely not buy because of pre order bonuses.

The situation as it stands:

The "Shadowhawk Pack" is a pre-order bonus and the game is releasing as a Windows+Mac first. As a Linux user I want to buy it once the Linux version is out which by the time that happens the pre-orders bonus is gone so goodbye exclusive skin.

Secondly there is the GOG + Multiplayer issue, the dev gave us no assurance the Linux version will be available on GOG. From past experiences, devs seem to magically wake up late to the "Galaxy isn't present on Linux" thing and that can easily mean no Linux for GOG.


Personally it doesn't make any difference to me paying full price now or at release, I'm more than happy to support hard work. However I'm not going to tolerate missing content just because I'm on a different platform. Pre-Order bonuses is bad marketing and they're shooting their own feet here.

I can kinda understand this post may not go down well for some people, but I've been burned twice by a similar situation and I'm not going to make that mistake again.


Even though I backed on Kickstarter I dont disagree with you, and usuallyI would wait until a full Linux release before purchasing even if I knew it was only a 2-3 month wait. It is a shame we miss the pre-order bonuses so often though and I feel like more developers should offer Linux gamers something for the wait.
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