Battletech is Returning to the Kickstarter!


Harebrained Schemes follow up mega-hit Shadowrun Kickstarter with BATTLETECH(TM)  Come get the details:

Indie Studio Follows Up On Shadowrun Crowdfunding Successes
TACTICAL ‘MECH COMBAT RETURNS TO THE PC. Harebrained Schemes is pleased to announce their return to Kickstarter this Fall to partner with backers in co-funding the creation of BATTLETECH. Jordan Weisman, the creator of BattleTech and MechWarrior, is back with the first turn-based BattleTech game for PC in over two decades. Steeped in the feudal political intrigue of the BattleTech universe, the game will feature an open-ended Mercenaries-style campaign that blends RPG ‘Mech and MechWarrior management with modern turn-based tactics.WHY:
The BATTLETECH Kickstarter comes on the heels of the wildly successful crowdfunding campaign for Shadowrun Hong Kong, which Harebrained Schemes will deliver as promised on August 20, 2015. Harebrained Schemes is one of the industry’s most dynamic independent game studios. The Seattle-based developer made headlines with its two previous Kickstarter successes: the visionary, digitally-enhanced miniatures boardgame Golem Arcana, and Shadowrun Returns, one of the first videogame Kickstarter projects to exceed one million dollars in funding.

Harebrained Schemes is thrilled to announce BATTLETECH at GenCon – GenCon attendees were among the earliest supporters of the franchise, and many milestones in BattleTech’s history took place at this legendary game convention. BATTLETECH will be coming to Kickstarter this fall, but visitors to Harebrained Schemes’ booth at Gen Con will have the opportunity to become early supporters of the project and receive an exclusive BattleTech collectible. Players can also sign up to join the BATTLETECH mailing list at


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I’m such a Battletech Junkie.  You can bet we will get more info on this at GENCON.  Until then, save up your pennies for the kickstarter!

  • Jason McFarland

    Boo, they need to do a Battletech miniatures game using the Golem Arcana technology

    • BrianDavion

      a battletech minis game already exists. you may have heard of it. it’s called battletech

      • Jason McFarland

        Yeah, I don’t want that one

  • SacTownBrian

    Boo. I was all excited that this was going to be an add on to their miniature game. I don’t need to sit on my butt in front of a computer for even more hours every day than I already do.

    • Markus Beckers

      Yeah. I’m still waiting for their miniatures to get recast in resin or injection mold plastics.
      Bought a new box a few years ago, but couldn’t get over these aweful 25 years old warped miniatures.

      • georgelabour

        They’ve been steadily releasing plastic lance packs to support the new Alpha Strike rules for the last six months or so.

        They’ve slowly begun to move away from just doing the ones that came in those starter boxes.

        They’ve also redone the unseen mechs so that when they revisit the sucession wars in a few months they can have warhammers, archers, atc showing up for games run by their official reps.

    • BrianDavion

      there are already repeteaed add ons for battletech coming out. visit

  • Well I hope this isn’t going to end in complete disaster like MechWarrior: Online.

    • Ebon Hand

      I still find MWO to be quite fun, but I’m very excited for this game. I hope it lives up to everyone’s expectations.

    • kwhale

      MechWarrior: Online seems to be doing well. MechWarrior: Tactics was the complete disaster.

    • Markus Beckers

      Mechwarrior Online for sure isn’t a disaster. It’s a good and healthy growing online game.

    • Agent OfBolas

      I love MWO…

    • Huntard

      This team has only done right by everyone in the Shadowrun community with Returns and Dragonfall, I’m looking forward to seeing them do the same with Battletech. It’s the guy who originally led tue crafting of these settings and systems and unlike a lot of older creators that get back into, he’s proved his ability to lead a team that makes a good game that holds up in the present day.

      MWO is a decent arena shooter that uses mech combat as it’s schtick but this man’s making us another Crimson Hawk’s Inception/Crimson Hawk’s Revenge here.

      • Divergent_Reality

        Crescent Hawks.

    • Spacefrisian

      Or Frontmission evolved…cause that should have been called devolved actually.

  • Eldon Cowgur

    So, Is this somehow affiliated with the MWO and Piranha games? They seem to be using the MWO designs and aesthetics. Which I’m fine with. But, I’m wary of anything Piranha games is involved with.

    • georgelabour

      The artists who’s done a lot of the concept work for MWO has also been working with Catalyst games (who make the wargame) and so that art style has crossed over into various other projects.

      Also…Pirahna games doesn’t own Battletech. They just have the rights to make mechwarrior Online. Topps, by way of its subsidiary Catalyst Games Lab are the ones who own the IP, and the Shadowrun one as well.

      Which is probably why Hare Brained SChemes got this battletech gig. Their Shadowrun game wasn’t to bad, and got very good reviews.

      • Simon

        That and Battletech (and Shadowrun) were originally designed/created by Jorden Weisman of old FASA, now head of Harebrained Schemes.

      • BrianDavion

        CGL isn’t a subsidiary of topps. they’re a lisencee

  • BrianDavion

    I’m hoping for a modern crescant hawks inception

  • lucidum

    I paid money for f*#%king Mechwarrior Tactics……which promptly up and disappeared while in Closed Beta with no explanation. I’m not kickstarting a damn thing.

  • zeno666

    This sounds interesting.

    I’ve tried to approach Battletech several times, but the minis always turns me off. They look quite nasty IMHO.
    I saw someone 3D printed models from the Mechwarrior Online-game though. But you can’t buy those…