Disclosure: I backed the BattleTech Kickstarter at the $50 tier.
Hairbrained Schemes, the studio behind the fantastic Kickstarter-funded RPGs, Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun Hong Kong, have taken to the platform again today to launch the Kickstarter campaign for BattleTech.
Headed by Jordan Weisman, studio co-founder and creator of the popular BattleTech and MechWarrior franchises, will be leading the game's development alongside Mike McCain, Creative Director of the Shadowrun games.
BattleTech will be a turn-based game of tactical Mech combat for the PC, Mac and Linux.
Hairbrained has divided the feature set for BattleTech into for funding stages on Kickstarter, with the first of those stages already self-funded by the studio.
At $1m, Stage 2 adds a full, single-player story campaign into the game. Stage 3 begins at $1.85m and adds side missions and procedurally generated missions, and makes the campaign open-ended. Finally, Stage 4 adds PVP multiplayer combat, and needs $2.5m.
“Returning to classic BattleTech, particularly the 3025 Succession Wars Era, feels like coming home,” said Weisman. “I’m really happy to join with Kickstarter Backers to create an authentic BattleTech PC game with detailed tactical turn-based ‘Mech combat and a chance to experience an epic game setting that’s endured for over 30 years.”
"This is a passion project for us," said Mitch Gitelman, co-founder and Studio Manager of Harebrained Schemes and producer of the classic MechCommander series. "Ever since we formed the studio, the team has been itching for a chance to make a BattleTech game and they can’t wait to bring BattleTech’s incredible setting to life. It’s a universe filled with intrigue, cutthroat politics, and fascinating characters. That’s right up our alley.”
You can check out more details on the official Kickstarter page.