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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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Official Multiplayer Backer Beta Is LIVE!

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After weeks of gathering data from our Double-Secret Multiplayer Beta and more weeks of revising our network architecture to allow the Global BattleTech Community to easily play together, we are happy (and relieved) to announce that the Official Multiplayer Backer Beta Is LIVE on Steam. We hope you enjoy your multiplayer matches as much as we enjoy ours.

If you are at the MECHWARRIOR Backer level or above and have already downloaded the game, Steam will automatically update the Beta to include the multiplayer mode. No password is needed and no action is required to start playing against others right away.

We’d like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the brave Double-Secret Multiplayer Beta testers who provided invaluable data and feedback during this early testing period. Your support has benefitted your fellow Backers, our community, and all the folks who are about to find out how cool the BattleTech universe is.

This final beta release is intended to test our multiplayer code with a larger sample of players around the world. You won't find any new combat features, very many balance changes (beyond those we've already done), or additional content in the update, much as we would love it. It was simply too much for our small team to keep the Beta and Production versions of the game in synch for months -  or to attempt to update the Beta now after months of adding new code and content.

The Skirmish & Multiplayer Backer Beta will remain open through the end of the year. After that, the Beta will be shut down in preparation for the upcoming launch of the full game. Folks can still purchase Beta Access (and Backers can still upgrade their reward level) until Friday, December 1st.

If you’re looking for a match, head over to the Beta matchmaking sub-forum to find other MechCommanders ready for some Heavy Metal Mayhem! And if you’re eligible for the beta and haven’t downloaded it yet, this is your last call - head over to the Backer Beta PDF Manual to get instructions for getting your Steam Key from your BackerKit account, downloading the game, and how to play the game.

Have fun! Melt cockpits!  

--HBS

P.S. Oh, and if you missed our last update, check out all the new campaign screenshots we shared!

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    1. RC on December 4

      @Fred "Early 2018" - realistically meaning anytime between Jan 1 st and the end of June.

      HBS said they have a few months of bug fixing and polishing to do in the new year, so it's most likely going to be March or April.

      It's ready when it's ready. The Beta shutting down indicates it'll be ready sooner than later.

      Though, it'll be good to finally get our hands on the full game. I'm looking forward to playing around with the Mechbay and tooling around the Periphery ^_^

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      Fred Gill on December 4

      " the Beta will be shut down in preparation for the upcoming launch of the full game. "

      #%#%!

      and that will be....?

    3. RC on December 1

      Sorry! *RicBret ^_^

    4. RC on December 1

      @RecBret Correct. However, they do allow backers to upgrade to the MechWarrior tier by paying the difference between the tiers. If it's something you want to do to get in on the last month or so of the Beta, send them an email ( info@hbs-studios.com), with your Paypal info if you have it (if you don't it's okay) and they'll send a Paypal invoice for the difference, and get you set up once it goes through with a Beta key. ^_^

    5. RicBret
      Superbacker
      on November 29

      Just checking - this is still not available to those of us at Recruit level, right? Your updates never seem to touch on that, and I back so many things it's hard to keep what's what on Kickstarter.

    6. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on November 28

      @Aiki - From the update "...if you’re eligible for the beta and haven’t downloaded it yet, this is your last call - head over to the Backer Beta PDF Manual to get instructions for getting your Steam Key from your BackerKit account, downloading the game, and how to play the game." A link to the PDF is in the update above.

    7. Simon 'Spuddy' Carville on November 28

      Honestly, seeing "Project Update #xx: BATTLETECH - Tactical 'Mech Combat Returns to the PC. by Harebrained Schemes LLC" absolutely makes my day.

    8. Neil Elcome on November 28

      Part of me is disappointed because no new shiny mechs to blow up or much in the way of improvements in the game, which means I won't play more than 2 or 3 matches.

      Part of me is happy because I understand the focus on the game itself.

      Part of me is *really* just super excited for the singleplayer campaign(s) after the video and the stills.

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      AikiGhost on November 28

      Im at backer level how do I get bet access?

    10. CommissarKip on November 28

      I'm being prompted for my Battletech forum account or my Kickstarter backer account but when I try to log in it tells me user not found. What gives?

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      August Sigov on November 28

      Thanks guys. Congrats on reaching this important milestone. I chose GOG platform and I am on Linux so likely will sit this one out, but have to say that this is very very good news. Cheers.

    12. Balder Lingegård
      Superbacker
      on November 28

      When will Linux support be tested? Haven't had much use of my beta access yet ;-)

    13. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on November 27

      @Conor Shaughnessy - The beta is a Kickstarter reward for Backers at the MechWarrior level and above. There's still an opportunity to upgrade your backer level if you'd like, though. Just email us at info@hbs-studios.com and we can send you an invoice for the difference between the level you backed at and the MechWarrior level.

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      Brian Wetherell on November 27

      And the release date is....when?

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      Connor Shaughnessy on November 27

      So wait, I'm a little confused. Just to make sure I have it right, this is a MechWarrior+ MP beta, not a full backer MP beta, did I read that correctly?

    16. William Karnesky on November 27

      I know that this is an actual beta, and I appreciate it as such, but is there any way we can convince you to leave the beta up until the game is released just to sate our thirst until the game is out?

    17. RC on November 27

      WOOHOOO!!!! One more step towards launch! GAME ON! ^_^