Jordan Weisman, the creator of BattleTech and MechWarrior, is back with the first turn-based BattleTech game for PC in over two decades. Harebrained Schemes has announced their return to Kickstarter this Fall to partner with Backers in co-funding the creation of BATTLETECH. Steeped in the feudal political intrigue of the 3025 era of BattleTech universe, the game will feature an open-ended Mercenaries-style campaign that blends RPG ’Mech and MechWarrior management with modern turn-based tactics.
We are honored and excited that Jordan and the HBS team has been consulting with Randall N. Bills, Loren Coleman, and other members of Catalyst Game Labs since the conception of the project and we all look forward to continuing to contribute throughout BATTLETECH’s development.
“Twenty-nine years ago a 15-year-old geek stumbled into a new game store,” said Randall N. Bills, Managing Developer of Catalyst Game Labs. “Sitting prominently on a shelf I saw the The Fox’s Teeth alongside the BattleTech 2nd Edition box set and my life-long love of BattleMechs storming alien worlds set against a Machiavellian universe was sealed. I’ve worked with Jordan in a slew of capacities in the almost twenty years since I was hired at FASA Corporation. But to sit at the table with him and be firing on all creative cylinders as we dive into that original creation that I still enjoy so much…yeah, simply beyond fantastic!”
Catalyst Game Labs unleashed a slew of its own announcements, including an open Beta Test for the long-awaited Interstellar Operations rulebook, re-imaginings of the unseen images, the return of BattleTech fiction in print novels and more great books coming…toss in Jordan’s computer game and it’s a fantastic time to be a fan of heavy metal action!
“Randall and Loren have been the caretakers of the BattleTech universe for over a decade and I am very excited to have them involved as we re-explore the original story setting through the lens of a Mercenary commander,” said Jordan Weisman CEO of Harebrained Schemes.
Catalyst Game Labs?
Catalyst Game Labs is dedicated to producing high quality games and fiction that mesh sophisticated game mechanics with dynamic universes-all presented in a form that allows beginning players and long-time veterans to easily jump into our games and fiction readers to enjoy our stories even if they don’t know the games.
Catalyst Game Labs is an imprint of InMediaRes Productions, LLC, which specializes in electronic publishing of professional fiction. This allows Catalyst to participate in a synergy that melds printed gaming material and fiction with all the benefits of electronic interfaces and online communities, creating a whole-package experience for any type of player or reader. Find Catalyst Game Labs online at www.catalystgamelabs.com.
Harebrained Schemes is a small team of passionate game developers led by Jordan Weisman, the creator of Shadowrun, Crimson Skies, BattleTech, MechWarrior, and many other acclaimed properties. Founded in 2011, the Seattle-based studio has created and self-published several award winning games such as Shadowrun Returns, Golem Arcana, and Shadowrun: Dragonfall. Find Harebrained Schemes online at www.harebrained-schemes.com