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Battletech is getting a new expansion, called Urban Warfare

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Picture of some mechs in a city from Battletech
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Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes have announced that Battletech will be touring cities soon when the Urban Warfare update drops and brings new maps, electronic warfare, new mechs, vehicles, encounters and plenty more features.

Battletech will send players to new maps that would normally be densely populated but it is hard to notice any puny humans when you are commanding a lance of four machines of mass destruction made of tens of tons of glorious metal.

The cityscapes of 3025 will look fairly futuristic and the pilots are shown to comment on moving in such environments with one asking if there is a mall around. Urban Warfare's maps will not just be eye candy though since there will be environmental hazards that can change the outcome of a fight, be it explosive fuel trucks, electrical transformers or cooler exchanger buildings. 

Destroying everything in sight for the purpose of creating new lines of sight or cover will not be always welcome though since collateral damage rules will likely seek to prevent that.

Electronic warfare is another one of the expansion's features - Mechs will be able to equip Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) that will make nearby friendly units obscured from enemy targeting and immune to indirect fire. Countering the countermeasures will be Active Probes that will reveal, locate and target hidden units.

Two new mechs will enter the fray - Raven 1X will have an advanced electronic warfare package with both ECM and the probes. Meanwhile, the Javelin has decent firepower, good mobility and is best used for close-range knockouts.

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Urban Warfare will add new Flashpoints to expand on the story hidden behind merc interactions, three new vehicles including one with ECM and one with probes and a challenging new mission where players will be tasked with destroying an enemy base before it sends too many forces and destroys your employer's base.

Battletech fans who are looking to purchase this expansion will be able to do so at the price of $19.99 / €19.99 / £17.49, come 4 June 2019. Holders of Battletech Season pass will get the expansion at no extra charge.