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BattleTech (2018) - What we know so far

BattleTech (2018) - What we know so far

By Sam Jones - 18th Apr 2018

A look at the latest 'Mech game heading to Steam PC

BattleTech (2018) - What we know so far

BattleTech has a longstanding history, beginning in 1984, and has seen various products released under the 30-year strong franchise - including the popular tabletop version and the BattleTech/MechWarrior PC games. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, which saw $2.7 million raised, BattleTech returns this year with a brand new style of play compared to the majority of mainstream 'Mech games.

We take a look at what we know so far, and what to expect, from BattleTech when it launches next Tuesday (April 24th) on Steam PC. Why not check our pick of awesome Mech games on PC too.

Story and features

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With BattleTech/MechWarrior creator Jordan Weisman on board, gamers familiar to the franchise can expect the same futuristic 'Mech-busting gameplay seen in previous years. This time, however, the game will follow suit from its tabletop form with the inclusion of turn-based strategy, as well as RPG elements.

BattleTech follows the story of a violently deposed ruler, waging a brutal war to take back her throne with the support of your ragtag mercenary company. Players will lead their own mercenary outfit of `Mechs and the MechWarrior pilots through a ruthless interstellar civil war.

To survive and progress, you'll need to upgrade your base of operations, negotiate mercenary contracts with feudal lords, repair and maintain your stable of aging BattleMechs, and execute well-planned combat tactics to defeat your enemies. As well as customizable 'Mechs, the game is set to feature a skirmish mode and online PvP.

Despite featuring characteristics from the tabletop BattleTech - turn-based, etc - this game will not include its official rules of play - what a rebel!

Gameplay

We've put together our highlights of the latest trailers to give you an idea of what to expect from BattleTech. In it, you'll see an overall view of the game's world and the turn-based combat.

Games similar to BattleTech

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If you're looking for similar games to BattleTech that will keep you ticking over until launch, here are a few suggestions from the Fanatical store:

Planetary Annihilation: TITANS

Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons

Total War: WARHAMMER II

Sid Meier's Civilization IV

XCOM 2

Requirements and specs

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(Windows)

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or Higher
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Core i3 3210 3.20GHz or AMD FX 4300 3.8GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 660 GTX or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 11 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or Higher
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Core i5 3450 3.10GHz or AMD FX 6300 3.5GHz
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 or AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device

(Mac)

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: TBD
  • Processor: TBD
  • Memory: TBD MB RAM
  • Graphics: TBD
  • Sound Card: TBD

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
BattleTech (2018) - What we know so far

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