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BattleTech release date and story trailer revealed, no more delays in sight

Published: 18:02, 27 March 2018
Updated: 14:30, 28 March 2018
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Concept art for BattleTech showing three Battle Mechs fighting an unseen enemy.

Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes have announced the release date for their turn-based tactics game BattleTech to be 24 April 2018. In order to engage the hype train's main reactors, they have also released a story trailer.

Considering the game is all about Mech combat, you have probably already deduced that it is set in the future. Human kind has found a way to travel between different planets, beyond the solar system, and set up ''new civilizations across thousands of worlds''. Humankind then started internal wars, instigated by noble houses, over power and resources, as per usual.

Since space-capitalism doesn't sound like a very interesting topic that could carry the game's story, there will be the noblewoman shown in the trailer who will present you with a choice of fighting for either money or her cause.

Harebrained Schemes Battle Mech HUD showing your team's health and ammo. BattleTech

The story apparently begins when you, a mercenary Battlemech pilot and a commander, are hired by a noblewoman whose ''throne'' has been taken over by a ''tyrant''. It is hinted by the narrator in the trailer that you will not be obliged to take her side and instead can make a choice, which likely leads to an arced storyline or at least different endings.

Being developed by Harebrained Schemes, I would say neither option is excluded. Harebrained Schemes are the same studio who brought us Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun Dragonfall and Shadowrun: Hong Kong. All three titles have had a deep story that kept my interest as I played through each game, but they were also fairly linear and the options within the story usually presented themselves at the very end.

Harebrained Schemes Isometric camera view showing a building in BattleTech. BattleTech

While Dragonfall was technically an expansion for Shadowrun Returns, it is also considered a title of its own by some. Either way, the Shadowrun series are a large part of the reason why fans are eagerly expecting BattleTech.

BattleTech will be available on PC and Mac, with the suggested retail price of £34.99, €39.99 or 39.99$, depending on your location. Linux version will be added post launch.

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