Paradox Becomes BattleTech Publisher, Shows off New Gameplay Trailer

Paradox Interactive has announced they will be publishing the Kickstarter-funded, mech-based tactical strategy game BattleTech. Being developed by Harebrained Schemes, the same developers of Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Hong Kong and Necropolois, they are expecting a release this year.

In confirming the announcement, Paradox has shown off a new trailer for BattleTech at their Paradox Convention, giving an idea of what to expect, which is plenty of missiles, explosions, and environmental destruction.

Harebrained Studios gave a statement on Battletech:

“The year is 3025 and the galaxy is trapped in a cycle of perpetual war, fought by noble houses with enormous, mechanized combat vehicles called BattleMechs. Take command of your own mercenary outfit of `Mechs and the MechWarriors that pilot them, struggling to stay afloat as you find yourself drawn into a brutal interstellar civil war. Upgrade your star faring base of operations, negotiate mercenary contracts with feudal lords, repair and maintain your stable of aging BattleMechs, and execute devastating combat tactics to defeat your enemies on the battlefield.”

There’s some key features regarding the game, some of which will increase replayability:

  • Command a Squad of Mechs in turn-based combat:
    Deploy over 30 BattleMechs in a wide variety of combinations. Use terrain, positioning, weapon selection and special abilities to outmaneuver and outplay your opponents.
  • Manage your mercenary company:
    Recruit, customize, and develop unique MechWarriors. Improve and customize your dropship. Oversee your team of technicians, engineers, and support personnel.
  • Take part in civil war:
    Immerse yourself in the story of a violently deposed ruler, waging a brutal war to take back her throne with the support of your ragtag mercenary company… should you choose to provide it.
  • Mech customization:
    Use your MechLab to maintain and upgrade your units, replacing damaged weapon systems with battlefield salvage taken from fallen foes.
  • Fight your way through the world:
    As a Mercenary, travel a wide stretch of space, taking all kinds of missions and managing your reputation with a variety of noble houses and local factions.
  • PVP and Multiplayer:
    Customize a Lance of ‘Mechs and MechWarriors to go head-to-head with your friends, compete against match-made opponents online, or jump into single-player skirmish mode to test your strategies against the AI.

Expect the game to release on PC, Mac and Linux via Steam.