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Arriving November 27: BATTLETECH: Flashpoint Expansion, Free 1.3 Update, and Localization Beta! Flashpoint Pre-Orders and Season Pass Now Available

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We're excited to announce that BATTLETECH: Flashpoint, our very first BATTLETECH Expansion, will launch on November 27th!

Flashpoint adds new gameplay, endgame depth, 'Mechs, and over 30 hours of new Flashpoint content to your mercenary experience. It's available now for Pre-Purchase on Steam for 10% off. For more about Flashpoint, check out this new video overview with Mitch!

We've also made a new Season Pass available, which includes Flashpoint AND our next two BATTLETECH Expansions. (The next Expansion, we're excited to announce, will be titled Urban Warfare - we aren't ready to share any details on that just yet, but hopefully the name gives some idea what to expect from it. : ) The Season Pass will normally be $49.99 (a $10 savings) but for this week only it's on pre-sale for only $39.99 on Steam, GoG, and Paradox Plaza.


BATTLETECH Update 1.3 Details

Our next free update for BATTLETECH will also launch on November 27th! Update 1.3 adds and improves a bunch of stuff in the base game, including:

  • An all-new Career Mode - Career Mode challenges you to begin the game with the Argo in a random system, with a random group of MechWarriors, with no story missions to rely on for big payouts. You wander the Periphery, taking contracts (and Flashpoints, if you have Flashpoint!) and managing your mercenary company to earn a final score. Career mode is played in Ironman mode by default, so it is also possible to “lose” this mode unrecoverably.
  • Revamped MechWarrior abilities - We heard a bunch of feedback about the Bulwark ability and how you HAD to take it to finish the campaign and it got us thinking… and then revising Bulwark… and realizing that we should just rebalance the whole dang thing. Then we put it out as an opt-in Beta and got some great feedback - thanks! We’ve been working on it ever since and we’ll release the revised abilities in 1.3.
  • Revisions to the Reputation System - We’ve increased the rate at which reputation rises and falls so you can really feel the effects of your actions. When you reach the maximum possible reputation with a faction, you become eligible for an Alliance. By entering into an Alliance, you mark yourself an ally of that faction - and an enemy of that faction's enemies. In addition to making higher difficulty contracts and salvage available, Alliances also allow you to access faction-specific stores containing items you might not find anywhere else.
  • Black Market stores - If you play your cards right, criminal elements will allow you to buy access to the Black Market, where you’ll find some equipment that fell off a transport...
  • More Events, including cameos from two Legendary MechWarriors (these were part of our social sharing Backer reward from the Kickstarter, and we expect the other two cameos to make it into the next free update.)
  • New mercenary contracts - now you can take jobs from Pirates!
  • New inventory items, including rare LosTech from before the fall of the Star League!
  • And lots more bugfixes and quality of life improvements (like the ability to drag & drop ‘Mechs in the Mech Bay!)

If you haven't played in a while, also check out all the new features and improvements we've already added to the game in our free 1.1 Update and 1.2 Update. And we'll be continuing to release free updates at a similar cadence next year.


Localization Beta Incoming (French, German, and Russian)

We know it's been a long road for Backers awaiting localized versions of the game, and we really appreciate your patience. QA testing for localization is going well, and we're planning to release a public Localization Beta branch on Steam and GOG by the end of November. We're targeting November 27th, to release this Beta alongside Flashpoint and Update 1.3, but it may end up being slightly staggered to accommodate testing schedules. This opt-in branch will include French, German, and Russian localization of the base game (including the 1.3 update), as well as localization of Flashpoint for Flashpoint owners.

We expect the Localization Beta to remain open for at least a couple weeks, after which Localization will exit Beta and be released as a free update to the game on all distribution platforms.


Linux

Last month we released a Steam Beta branch of the Linux version of BATTLETECH. Thank you to everyone who's tested on that branch! We expect the Linux version to exit Beta on November 27th as part of the 1.3 Update on all distribution platforms.

And that's the news, folks! We can't wait for November 27th, and we're excited to already be diving into our next free update and pre-production on Urban Warfare.  

-HBS

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    1. Phil salmon on

      Backers should get a hefty discount on the season pass. I guess loyalty counts for nothing

    2. Kevin on

      Should really think about your backers more... discounts for them etc...

      Was gonna say I probably wont be supporting anymore but y'all sold out to Paradox soooo...

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      Denis Ipatov on

      49.99? Seriously? There is better be another game's worth of content in there if not more.

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      Jon Malamud on

      I have given up I was an original backer and really like my banner and patch. But the game has never worked and has now crashed my Steam account. Been talking to your help desk for a while as well as Steam but to no avail. I enjoyed the beta but am sad that I can’t play the game. Good luck mechwarriors!

    5. Jamie McCormick on

      Hi guys, i only saw this now and missed the discount :/

    6. ThomasN on

      So are these tiny buttfucks all we get now or are you making a real addon?

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      Leon Moor on

      Career mode is just boring mode and an acknowledgement of how bizarrely disconnected the story missions are from the rest of the game. Reputation system still sounds like a joke. It's not like the different factions offer you different missions. So you're basically just doing all the "green" missions instead of the "blue" missions when they're all the same in every other respect. Boring. Using the phrase "feel the effect of your actions" in relation to this absolutely non existent gameplay element is borderline fraudulent.
      And there's a season pass now? Gross. What a bunch of sell outs. You asked for $25 to make the game you pitched on Kickstarter, and now you're asking for $50 for content you haven't even decided on yet? What the hell is wrong with you guys? How do you justify that? That people might pay it is no excuse, they're compulsive completionists. It sucks that your studio lost so much money because you made a terrible game that had slow down bugs that made it unplayable that you refused to even acknowledge for ages, but you should have just shut down instead of selling out to Paradox and buying into their broken DLC business model.

    8. PJ - Rising Phoenix on

      just picked up the season's pass and am very happy for the $39.99 price point for 3x DLC.
      This has been one of the best ROIs for me for a game in years.. So I have no problem wotsoever in handing over 40bucks (US) for lot's more great content from these guys!!!!
      The level of content so far has been above par.. so i would expect nothing less than awesome for everything that comes next!

      One of the best things I ever did was become a backer for this game..
      the ancient paper and dice FASA player in me is so SOOO HAPPY!!!

      Thanks Team Hairbrained!!!!

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      WintermuteX on

      Ah, the Paradox game of DLC starts now. Well, you lost me when you started business with paradox. Bye Bye.

    10. Stephen Fell on

      I quote " The Season Pass will normally be $49.99 (a $10 savings) but for this week only it's on pre-sale for only $39.99 on Steam, GoG, and Paradox Plaza."

      I saw that Season pass on Gog.com and it was listed as $89.99, not $49.99 (or the $39.99). I am enough of a BT fan to pay the $39.99 or even $49.99 for a Season Pass... but Not $89.99, it is the end of the months, I have bills to pay.
      I will just have to wait for the prices drop or buy the DLCs one at a time as I can afford them I guess.

    11. Martello on

      So many crybabies...

      I really don't get it. Do people expect game devs to work for free? Do the whiners have no jobs and don't understand the value of time and labor? Do they think that since they backed the game, they get to tell HBS how to run things? If you don't like the new expansions for philosophical reasons, don't buy them. People cry about Paradox's DLC model, but your average PDX game a year or two after launch is exponentially bigger and more feature-rich than almost any top-rated game from the old days of $20 release day in a big glossy box. CKII was a big game at launch. Now it's so big you'd have to play it as a full-time job to experience everything. That's not "adding back cut features." That's charging a reasonable price (per DLC) to add deep, meaningful features and upgrades to an already complex game.

    12. Nich Weidman on

      Pretty much exactly what Durango said. It's just so expensive for what it is. Right now, the first one boils down to a few extra mechs and chained missions. I'm not sure that's worth almost $20. If the other two are like that, it's just not something i'm willing to pay full price for. But that's cool - the people that think its worth it will buy, others will wait for a deep Steam discount, and the rest just won't buy it at all...like any game, really.

      As for hoping for a backer discount, unless I'm remembering completely wrong, I seem to recall that the Shadowrun expansions/sequels/whatever had some sort of backer discount...and that's probably the same that some people are hoping for. (And, yes, I'm sure that others just want a freebie, period.)

    13. Aerouge
      Superbacker
      on

      yeah 50 bucks for some unannounced DLC??? Will be holding my breath till A) the stuff is done and good or B) Steam puts a 70% discount on it in 2 months during X-Mas Sales ;-)

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      Durango on

      Whether people are right or not about asking for a backer discount, it's hard to deny that these price are steep as hell. It's the price of the full base game (actually it will be MORE than the full price, as the base game is currently priced at 39.99 while the season pass is announced at 49.99)

      Compared to what is done elswhere, it's harsh. I remember The Witcher 3 season pass being sold at 25 bucks at release, so half the price of the base game and delivering amazing content, HoS and Blood and Wine being huge, and filled to the brim with good stuff.

      49.99 is a bit insane, three DLC being more expansive than the base game. I really hope the two others will be chock-full of content because if the first one is indicative of the others, it the doesn't seem it will be worth the price (granted, it's too early to even judge the first one). I think I'll wait the release of the third one to judge how much content it represent, I'm not going to throw money again at undefined content that may or may not deliver what is promised.

      I personally agree we, as backers, do not magically deserve it for free, but price is still steep as hell.

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      Ash on

      I'm only bummed that the discount on the Season Pass only lasts a week, even for backers, when this is the first we've heard of it. Been a costly month, and while I'd love to buy it, it's just not in the cards until next month.

    16. Tobi (Crusader Kickstarter pls!!) on

      what tarasis and RC said. man, there are some greedy, ungrateful, self-entitled peeps out there.

    17. Jan Jolly on

      +1 for the question how to get the season pass if you have the HB version. I contacted humble bundle but they said they're only offering a steam key for the season pass...

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      David on

      AWESOME.

      I stopped playing the campaign ages ago... I've been waiting to organise the 'Mech bay since then.
      So glad to see it coming. Woot... I can continue playing.

      GREAT work people. Thanks.

    19. Tony
      Superbacker
      on

      season pass looks like a great offer. I'm signed up.

    20. Tsunamisan on

      @mordru Crab and Hatchetman if i recall.

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      Marco Tritschler on

      Career mode is played in Ironman mode by default - i hope thats optional :/

    22. Mordru on

      Will there be any new mechs added with the expansions?

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      Tory Middlebrooks
      Superbacker
      on

      You guys made a great game. I appreciate and understand the need to generate future Revenue by releasing expansions. I will buy them when my budget can afford it! Keep up the great work.

    24. Geomancer on

      The "Season Pass" you could maybe call an expansion, but no one knows what that will include. Individually, this first "expansion" is just what every other game calls DLC.

      Remember when many were afraid of the Paradox buyout that Battletech would be turned into a DLC mill? Well, here we are and the first batch alone is greater than the release day price of the base game.

      Your choice of course (or maybe Paradox's), but my choice will be to keep my wallet closed. For that kind of money, I'd rather buy a full up brand new AAA game.

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      Flump - the flying turtle on

      Maybe one day we will get a proper campaign.

    26. tarasis on

      A little shocked that some people want the DLC for free or at least reduced because we kickstarted the game. We got what we backed for.

    27. Some furf on

      Paradox expect a return on their investment, huh?

    28. Donald M Pollack on

      Awesome, I just picked up the season pass. Happy to continue supporting the team moving forward on these future projects.

      I see so much future potential for the game. Maybe we’ll finally get some infantry in buildings/bunkers or runn8ng around in the urban warfare expansions? How cool would it be if we could add a Aerospace wing to the drop ship with recruitable pilots or commando units for ground operations.

      Of course, the clans ar somewhere on the edges of space ... for now.

    29. Daniel
      Superbacker
      on

      I'm curious which pledge level some people think states that all future projects by the company should come at a discount? We got what we pledged for, no problems there. That some people seem to think they are somehow entitled to get free gifts from future endeavours done by the team behind the project is truly baffling.

    30. MsDemeaner on

      Where can I find the backer discount for the DLC?
      Or have you forgotten already that it was our money that allowed you to develop the game in the first place? A little gratitude outside of a few comments would go a long way to demonstrating that.

    31. Morrison Woods on

      Hi there, I got my key through Humble and stopped playing when it looked like I had to copy saved game files, uninstall then reinstall the game and switch over my saved games. Am I correct in saying that's how I need to apply updates?

      If so, the only way I can see round this is to buy the game again on Steam which I don't want to do out of principle as I'd be buying the game twice.

    32. Larkin on

      Still no network coop or possibility to play with more than 4 mechs ?

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      Patrick Coyle on

      I'd like to know if the 1.3 update will include a new achievement for beating Eck's high score in Career Mode. Or is there somebody at the office even better at the sim game than he is...?

      Speaking of Career Mode, much appreciation for bringing so many changes in free updates instead of locking them all behind the DLC for anybody still on the fence about it.

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      Flump - the flying turtle on

      The season pass content seems extremely weak esp given the high price. Seems like you sold your soul to paradox and the old hbs would provide decent content in a dlc.

    35. Mandrake on

      I'm another one that would like to know how to get the Season Pass if we have the game through Humble.

    36. Nich Weidman on

      Price is too steep for me. Will definitely buy when it goes on steam summer sale at some point, though.

    37. Lee Wasilenko on

      Thanks for supporting gaming on Linux!

    38. RC on

      Updates (which are free) are adding Kickstarter related content/promises. This current free Update 1.3 adds cameos from two Legendary MechWarriors which are part of our Kickstarter rewards.

      Flashpoint is an expansion, not part of Kickstarter rewards. We knew these would come, as the game needs to be supported by revenue to keep growing and expanding post-Kickstarter so we continue to get MORE BATTLETECH ^_^

      The Season Pass isn't and never was part of our Kickstarter rewards. It's a package deal on 3 expansions, including Flashpoint. It saves us a few C-Bills, and helps support better quality expansions and updates going forward.

      We can also wait and just buy the expansions we want as they come out. The season pass is a good way to support more BATTLETECH development, if that's something you want like I do.

    39. Nicolo Dresp on

      Wait a second. Surely the season pass, alas the content updates (let’s not use the AAA industry’s sell tactics’s nomenclature), will be free for all the backers since we are the ones who made this thing possible, right?
      And oh yes, I’m demanding, not asking.

    40. Festy_Dog
      Superbacker
      on

      Is the season pass included in any of the backer pledges?

    41. Festy_Dog
      Superbacker
      on

      Is the season pass included in any of the backer pledges?

    42. Daryl McLaurine
      Superbacker
      on

      I second that question... how do we get the season pass if our keys went through Humble (and will it be DRM free?)

    43. Ian Colin Strachan on

      I can't wait! Thank you for all of your hard work! I do have one question though...when shall we see the last Stackpole Novella? Thanks again

    44. Daniel Hippensteel on

      So we need to get a season pass?

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      Matt C on

      If we got our keys through Humble Bundle, are we able to buy the season pass through any of the linked stores? Or does it need to be a specific one?

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      W D A on

      co-op multiplayer?

    47. Roman Romanchuk on

      Any plans to support OSX/intel combo? Or are we stuck on v1.1?