Beta & E3 Reactions, Beta HotFix Incoming, and More!
Thanks to all our Backer Beta participants for the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the BATTLETECH single player skirmish mode release! We really appreciate all the great feedback you’ve given in your after-action surveys and on the BATTLETECH Beta Discussion forum - useful stuff. It’s been an absolute pleasure for us to read your comments, see your amazing screenshots, and watch your livestreams and YouTube videos.
In addition to our Backers, the Press had plenty of nice things to say about the game, too! Check out some of the great previews below:
VICE - 'BattleTech' Brings 'MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries' into a Post-'XCOM' World
“I have to admit that Weisman and Harebrained seem to have accomplished both of their seemingly mutually exclusive objectives. It's the BattleTech I remember, but new and different in all the right ways.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - BATTLETECH is the ‘Mech game I’ve always wanted
“...it’s likely to be one of my favourite games of 2017. I’ve only played the skirmish mode, against AI opponents, so I can’t assess the quality of the campaign. But the actual mech clashes are absolutely glorious, and as spectacular as any turn-based battles I’ve ever seen.”
Destructoid - BattleTech Let’s You Unload Mech Mayhem XCOM-style
“The maps (you can currently choose from a few at varying times of day/weather conditions) are gorgeous and the battle bots look solid. I've had a New York accented pilot who's just tyna pilot a mech ovuh heyuh, which is delightful.”
CGMagOnline - BATTLETECH Preview - Complex But Approachable
“...get a couple games under your belt, and start to play around with some of the Mechs and pilots in the drop screen, and you’ll quickly realize that there’s an awful lot going on under the hood.”
PC Gamer - Wrecking mechs on BattleTech's tactical battlefields
"With all these tactical considerations and customisation options, BattleTech seems pretty clever, but nothing is as satisfying as the simple pleasure of watching two mechs box."
Beta HotFix is Live
A small update to the Single Player Skirmish Beta is live and Steam will update your game automatically. This update fixes several stability issues and allows more players on lower-end machines to play the game (Huzzah!). It also contains some minor combat interface upgrades.
Full release notes are HERE.
Multiplayer Backer Beta Update
The hard work continues on our multiplayer update to the Backer Beta and we can definitely tell you that it will not release in June. While diagnosing some particularly nasty bugs, the team took a step back and realized that sections of our networking architecture needed to be reworked rather than bandaged up. That work is underway but we have no ETA to share with you at this time.
What we can tell you is what you can expect beyond the addition of multiplayer. First and foremost, it will contain a substantial update to the single-player AI. For example, the enemy will know how to Reserve their actions, use light units more effectively, and call shots on fallen or shut down ‘Mechs. The multiplayer update will also contain some incremental balance changes based on feedback from our surveys and the forums. Those changes will be listed in a Kickstarter Update when we release multiplayer.
In addition to the above, expect some minor improvements in the “lance configurator” - the interface in which you choose your ‘Mechs and MechWarriors for Skirmish play, including the ability to play skirmish matches with unlimited Lance Values.
And last, you’ll find the complete Settings menu, including options for audio, video, custom key binding, and more!
Can we expect more updates for the Backer Beta after that?
We’ll update the Beta as needed to fix high-impact and game-breaking bugs but we have no plans to update the Backer Beta with additional features or content beyond the scope of the Beta Kickstarter reward. This is a targeted Beta to get data on BattleTech combat with our Backers, not an Early Access game release.
Quick Production Update
There’s a ton of stuff going on in the game’s development beyond the work we’ve done on the beta and multiplayer update.
- All the story missions in the game have been designed and implemented and each one contains placeholder voices so we can hear how the story is working before we bring in professional actors.
- All the story cinematics have been written & storyboarded and placeholder voices have been recorded so we can work on the timing of each shot.
- All story conversations with your mercenary crew aboard the Argo have been written and are ready to put into the game.
- All open-ended mission types have been designed and implemented across a large variety of biomes and maps.
- Every room and every character in the Argo has been designed and 3D modeled and the majority are fully lit and textured in the game.
- And last but DEFINITELY not least, we hit a major milestone on the project and were able to play the mercenary simulation core game loop for the first time. That means traveling to a system, navigating crew events aboard the Argo, choosing and accepting a contract, managing your reputation, purchasing equipment, using the MechLab, hiring new MechWarriors, simulating the outcome of the mission (from complete failure to complete success), getting paid, and taking salvage.
That’s some fantastic progress, for sure. There’s still a TON of important work left to do including designing and implementing the UI for the entire single-player campaign, a boatload of campaign balance and iteration work, iteration and polish on the story and missions, creation of our story cinematics, reactions to feedback from the beta, and a bunch of stuff we haven’t listed. The best part is that the more things come together, the more excited we get about the game - a nice place to be, indeed!
Take a Look at These!
HBS at the E3 PCGamer Event
Jordan and Mitch headed down to E3 earlier this month to share a look at BATTLETECH at the E3 PC Gamer event. They showed off a fun new trailer, a tour of the Argo, and some new combat footage. Take a peek if you missed it!
June 14 Dev Q&A
And, in case you missed it, here’s the link to June’s Livestreamed Dev Q&A. Mitch interviewed Ryan Burrell (HBS_RedMenace on our forums) about how he became a designer, what the toughest design challenge has been in retaining the spirit of BATTLETECH, how he lost to Eck and more. And then McCain joined them to answer your questions live. Take a look!
OKAY, BACK TO WORK!