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BattleTech lets you unload mech mayhem, XCOM style

June 01, 2017 1 min read

Developer Harebrained Schemes crowd-funded BattleTech in 2015 to the tune of nearly $2.8 million. It was a little less than both Shadowrun: Returns and Shadowrun: Hong Kong combined. That reward was probably earned, given that the preceding Shadowrun games turned out quite good, and that Harebrained Schemes' co-founder createdthe medium-spanning BattleTech franchise over 30 years ago.

You, my fellow gamehead, may know the franchise from the not-so-recent-wow-how-long-have-I-been-doing-this-job MechWarrior Online. I remember sitting (at 6' 2") in the back of a Mini Cooper and driving 45 minutes to, like, San Jose to preview that one. I was in the back because both other passengers were taller still, which also meant their seats were far back, and I'm pretty sure there were some vertical blinds or a kayak or some other stupid large object stuck back there with me. Anyways, our own Nic Rowen has written some would say obsessively about it in the years since.

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