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Turn-based tactical 'Mech combat set in the classic 3025 era of the BattleTech Universe. From the creators of the Shadowrun Series!
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BATTLETECH Rewards Update

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Hey All! This is Brian, Ops Director here at Harebrained Schemes. I’ve taken on the task of manufacturing the Noble House Heraldry Sets and MechWarrior Flight Jackets but, before we get to that, here’s a quick update on how things are going with the game as well as a few other things of note.

  • Game Development: Mike asked me to let you all know that game production continues on schedule - the engineering team is currently heads-down and focused on building out all the core systems that make combat possible - essentially taking the game from a rough, bare-bones prototype to a fully-fledged, scalable Combat Game. Meanwhile, the design team is making maps and thinking ahead to plan out a lot of the game’s campaign and mercenary career “simulation” aspects, and the art team is busy making lots of terrain features, animations, effects - I’ve even spied a few classic BattleTech vehicles starting to roll out of the art factory here...
  • Novellas: Mike Stackpole has had consultations with all the Backers that will appear in the novellas and we’re hoping to be able to deliver the first in the series with Backers in the next couple months.
  • Our next Dev Q&A will be on June 8 at 2pm PDT on Hyper RPG’s Twitch channel. If you can’t watch live, you can watch them any time if you subscribe to HyperRPG or check them out when they’re posted on the Hyper RPG Youtube channel. Q&As from March and April and May are available now so you can watch them. 
  • BattleTech Forum: There continues to be some great conversation about the game and with the Devs over in our Forum. Here’s a thread about Vehicles included in the game.
  • Death From Above: Our mercenary team, led by the Lord Commander (our own Mitch Gitelman) continues to play on the battlefield with our custom 3D printed ’Mechs every Friday at 6pm PDT on Hyper RPG. You can read more in this Forum post about how the game intersects with BattleTech lore from Aristocra and catch up on previous episodes on Hyper RPG’s Youtube channel.

Now, on to the main topic of the post...

HERALDRY SETS & FLIGHT JACKETS

We’re really pleased with how all these items came out - everyone here at the office has been trying to swipe the pre-production samples, especially the hats and the jackets. It might be a bit warm when you get your jackets (here in the U.S. at least), but go ahead and show them off at GenCon and PAX West -- we’ll understand. :)

That's me modeling your swag!
That's me modeling your swag!
I'm "of mercenary mind" myself...
I'm "of mercenary mind" myself...

Manufacturing & Shipping

So you’re probably wondering: is everything is all done yet? Not quite, but it’s getting there! It’s been a busy 6 months finalizing our choice of manufacturing partners, working with designers to find the right colors, materials and measurements, and making arrangements for ocean shipping and fulfillment to your doorsteps! We expect manufacturing to finish at the end of May, after which a container ship needs to travel from China to the U.S., pass through customs, and then travel by truck to our fulfillment company in Texas. Assuming all that goes smoothly, packages should start going out the 2nd or 3rd week of July. With over 5500 packages to ship, it will take a few weeks to get them all out the door and when you get your package will largely be driven by where you are in the world.

Updating and Verifying Your Shipping Address

We know from experience that Backers may have moved since the Kickstarter ended and we don’t want to ship your rewards to whoever’s currently living in your old home -- they might want to keep your stuff! 

 If you know that your address has changed or you want to double check that it’s correct, you just need to go to your BackerKit account. (Go to https://battletech.backerkit.com, enter your Kickstarter email and - if you don’t already have a login- BackerKit will send you an email with a link directly to your account.) However, don’t panic if you know your address is going to change but you don’t know what it will be. Before we actually start shipping rewards, we’ll send one final urgent reminder to confirm your shipping address. If the address is correct, you won’t need to do anything, otherwise follow the directions to update that information ASAP.

For International Backers Only

As we noted during the Kickstarter: “International shipping cost may increase depending upon your specific location, with the difference to be collected closer to ship date.” Now that dimensions and weights of Heraldry Sets and Jackets are better known, we’re getting updated quotes from our fulfillment company. This will let us know the final shipping cost to international destinations and if what we collected during the Kickstarter was enough. Between now and the end of June, we will contact International Backers if we need to collect additional shipping fees to reach you. We’re still working out the logistics of how that will work: BackerKit or PayPal would be the most likely solutions and we’ll be in touch as soon as we have more information. Thanks for your patience on this.

“Show Us More Pictures Already!”

Visit the BattleTech Forums for EVEN MORE PICTURES, including individual pics of each Noble House set and high-res versions of the pictures shown here.

Comments

    1. Missing avatar

      Dennis Rogers on September 19

      So where are the kits? Its the middle of September and I still haven't received mine.

    2. RC on June 28, 2016

      @Khell, Doug...etc

      HBS doesn't have the license to sell BattleTech merchandise at retail. They've mentioned it a few times, and are trying to get the license. They were only allowed to produce 'Merch to help promote the Kickstarter. Though, I'd love an opportunity to get the full set of banners too ^_^

    3. Bytedruid on June 27, 2016

      @Magentawolf Have to agree about having the battletech down the side of the brim. Kinda breaks the in-universe feel. Oh well, I'll just turn left when the camera comes out, which it
      will, 'cause this swag is sweet!

    4. Doug LeBeau on June 23, 2016

      Well, sell the jackets later for a bit of a premium, I am sure they will fly off the shelves.

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      Peerless Girl on June 21, 2016

      Sadly, if the situation is anything like the Shadowrun messenger bag, they don't have rights to even offer merch later as extras, and could only do it during the HK KS. I'm happy to have that bag, but sad I probably won't get a shot at any of the BT stuff later on.

    6. Jingle Pyro on June 18, 2016

      Looking at it now, I regret not going that extra mile and backing at the level that got a jacket. Oh well, the Heraldry Kit is going to be super sick regardless. Can't wait to get my Marik swag.

    7. Stephane Gagne on June 17, 2016

      Is there any possibility to get other banner... I have Marik, but I would like to get the 4 others

    8. Khell
      Superbacker
      on June 10, 2016

      With regards to the merchandise,
      I realize you guys went into this to make a digital game, not merch, but having had literally nothing Battletech on the market since, oh, the early 90's, you can see how grossly neglected this opportunity has been. Us fans are literally drooling over these rewards, and if you get those rights, you would probably make as much bank from merch as from the game itself. So promise them the moon, the stars, or the beards of whomever still has theirs if you have to, we want SWAG!

      Regarding the game;
      I generally try not to keep up with most of the development because I want as much as possible to be a complete surprise the day it downloads. But every day I wait for this game is driving me just a little bit more insane, because it has been far, FAR too long since Battlemechs danced on my computer screen, singing songs of lasers and missile barrages, and chirping in my ear that my reactor is about to shut down.

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      John Pfeiffer on June 9, 2016

      Love it! Any chance of the banners becoming available as merch later on? I'm in for Noble House Scion (Kurita!) for all the Kurita stuff so I'm already getting a Kurita one, but I'd really love one of the generic 'Battletech' banners for my gaming corner at some point. :D

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      Roy R Zhang on June 3, 2016

      Hey Guys! Love the work! Just on the international backers. I'm an international backer and you've mentioned there may be increased shipping costs and you'll get back to us soon. I'm just wondering when that is because I will be out of contact from June 19th till mid to late July and whether or not there's an option to pay earlier a rough amount. I'm happy to pay extra than estimated then receive the excess back when I am back in contact. Thanks!

    11. Josh Cairns on May 31, 2016

      I guess it's too late to get one of those cool hats...

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      Steven Bice on May 28, 2016

      really sad now that I couldn't afford the jacket I need a new jacket and im a huge bt fan but I had unexpected expenses and couldn't get anything beyond the 50$ pledge man I hope you guys end up with extras and allow backers who missed the items to have a chance to buy them

    13. Andrew C on May 27, 2016

      If I get the clothes by late August I'd be happy to use it at DragonCon.

    14. Matthew Pittard on May 26, 2016

      Where I live I dont really need the jacket.. normally too warm.

      However the Banner is gonna have pride of place on my wall.

    15. Relkin43 on May 25, 2016

      Aww turd. Now I regret not scooping up the jacket and hat. :| Oh well thems the breaks.

    16. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on May 25, 2016

      @Teofilo - You haven't missed anything. We'll be reaching out to Hireable Mercenaries more towards late summer or fall.

    17. Matthew W. on May 25, 2016

      Man, I'm so torn. I ordered the Davion Kit, but the Kurita banner looks so bad ass. Too bad I couldn't mix and match like the filthy disloyal two-face mercenary I am.

    18. Teofilo Hurtado
      Superbacker
      on May 25, 2016

      @Harebrained Schemes LLC: Everything looks pretty good! One question: Did you already contact Mercenary Mechcommander and up backers to design their hireable mercenary mechwarriors? I just wanted to confirm I didn't miss your message. Thank you!

    19. RC on May 25, 2016

      @Jose HBS has said they doesn't have the merchandise license (yet?) to "sell" Battletech gear. And, they locked down the backer tiers in January so they could work out the manufacturing data. So, unfortunately for all of us, right now they can't provide a way to buy more BT gear. :(

      Likely, some of it will appear on ebay. There are always mercenary resellers in the crowd. And hopefully HBS manages to get that retail merchandising license soon ^_^

    20. Magentawolf on May 25, 2016

      Ergh. I really don't like the 'Battletech' on the side of the brim like that, but everything else looks sweet!

    21. Jose A Velez Rosario on May 25, 2016

      I dont think i ordered a jacket or any of the swag. Is there any way in heaven that I could still buy one, and the banner hat etc.. I'll show it off at Gencon.

    22. RC on May 25, 2016

      Strange how the emoticon shows correctly in the comment window, then comes up as an unrecognized character once posted. *sigh* Kickstarter continues to give short shrift to comment section development :/

      *goes to read the forum instead* ^_^

    23. RC on May 25, 2016

      @William HBS responded to a similar question here: https://community.battletechgame.com/forums/threads/2560/comments/43154

      "Yeah, afraid it's too late. We locked down upgrading way back in January. �"

    24. William Jones on May 25, 2016

      Hey guys.

      Is there anyway to upgrade to the Jacket level now? Or is it a 'too late' kind of moment? Was living in the desert when placed my kickstarter and didn't need a jacket.. now moving to snow country and it looks nice and rosy...

    25. Jito463 - WoOS, LofUT on May 25, 2016

      I'm sure I ordered far larger than I need (5x), but I'm keeping mine as-is. I'd rather have one hang loose on me, than be too tight.

    26. William Forbes on May 24, 2016

      great news, what really crazy, back in 10-31-1998 at the KISS concert in LA Dodgers Stadium!
      My original Battle-Tech Jacket, I purchased from the Battle-Tech Mech-Warrior Hall they had at the old town in Pasadena, remember the pods? What ever happen to the pods? I still have my mech-warrior books from them and pilot stats.

    27. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on May 24, 2016

      @Jonah -- yes we'll be at E3 -- we'll be showing Necropolis in the Bandai-Namco space (we don't have our own booth). We won't be showing anything from BattleTech.

    28. Jonah Falcon on May 24, 2016

      Are you guys going to be at E3? I'll be there as media.

    29. RC on May 24, 2016

      Ah, with Eck's jacket size being extra-large, perhaps I guesstimated properly. Either way, can't wait to receive our AWESOME gear! ^_^

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      Dav on May 24, 2016

      Looks great!

    31. Jefferey McDowell on May 24, 2016

      @Creator - HBS, I have no doubt. You have not let me down thus far. From Shadowrun to this, you have proven to me you have the skill and knowledge to hook us up right. I look forward to all you do in the future. ( note to self; start savings account for HBS stuff, have a feeling I am gonna need it. end note )

    32. Ryann Von Doom on May 24, 2016

      Also, do want a FRR banner!

    33. Ryann Von Doom on May 24, 2016

      Looking great. Cannot wait to get mine!

    34. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on May 24, 2016

      @Jeremy, Jefferey, and all y'all who want to buy BT stuff - We hear you! We want to take your money! And if we can get the license, you can be damned sure we'll make cool stuff for you!

      - Mitch

    35. Chet on May 24, 2016

      Less swag sell'n, more game make'n ... Get Crack'n!!

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      Jeremy Clements on May 24, 2016

      Please! Please make the jackets available for sale somewhere!

    37. Jefferey McDowell on May 24, 2016

      I hope that at some point they are able to sell additional banners as well. I would like the Battle Tech one, and the other house at some point. And you know they have to do Clan ones in the future! ;)

      All in all very pleased with the look and size of the banners, and the look of the other physical awards. Well Done HBS! You just made the wait even harder!

    38. Brian Jordan-Dean on May 24, 2016

      I still would love a few of the other banners besides my cherished kurita I paid for. Steiner, Davison, here's to hoping

    39. Brian Jordan-Dean on May 24, 2016

      I still would love a few of the other banners besides my cherished kurita I paid for. Steiner, Davison, here's to hoping

    40. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on May 24, 2016

      @AJ / NomadZeke >>>I know you said you're pursuing the rights to make more banners...is it possible to get any word on that? favorable/unfavorable?<<<

      We're not gonna comment on any of our ongoing business negotiations. Hope you understand. :)

      - Mitch

    41. RC on May 24, 2016

      @Pekka same here. If that's a Large on Eck (bottom image, left), who is a tall guy, I may have overestimated based on sleeve length too. Hrm. Time will tell. ^_^

    42. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on May 24, 2016

      @Pekka -- the black is a Medium, the gray is an Extra-Large. This is the size chart we showed in BackerKit to help you decide: http://www.alphaindustries.com/mens-flight-jackets/alpha-industries-ma-1-blood-chit.htm
      (that's the jacket that we were inspired by in terms of overall fit)

    43. Kevinik on May 24, 2016

      Any chance to buy any of these swag later on?

    44. AJ / NomadZeke
      Superbacker
      on May 24, 2016

      I know you said you're pursuing the rights to make more banners...is it possible to get any word on that? favorable/unfavorable? I'd love one of each for my game room, so if you could secure rights, I'd be all over it.

    45. Pekka S on May 24, 2016

      What sizes of battlejackets the guys on bottom pic are wearing? I'm also pondering I might have chosen too big of a size. :D

    46. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on May 24, 2016

      @colin -- email support@hbs-studios.com and we'll see what we can do. We ordered some extras of all sizes for just such a situation.
      -- Brian

    47. RC on May 24, 2016

      @Sean See where it says, "Visit the BattleTech Forums for EVEN MORE PICTURES"?

      Here's the link: https://community.battletechgame.com/forums/threads/2560 ^_^

    48. Colin Kauffman on May 24, 2016

      Is there any way to change my battlejacket size? I didn't know it at the time I did my survey, but I'm having surgery soon and part of that process involves losing at least two shirt sizes, so the jacket size I submitted will be far too large. I understand if this isn't possible, but I thought I'd ask. Very happy with how the rewards are looking, too!

    49. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on May 24, 2016

      @Sean -- yes, follow the link over the forums. Lots more pictures and with hi-res versions: https://community.battletechgame.com/forums/threads/2560
      -- Brian

    50. Sean D Whaley on May 24, 2016

      Has there been a close-up of what the blood chit looks like?