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Shadowrun Returns dev is rebooting BattleTech

Turn-based tactical series coming to Kickstarter this autumn.

Shadowrun Returns developer Harebrained Schemes will be rebooting the beloved turn-based tactics series BattleTech.

Created by Harebrained Schemes founder Jordan Weisman back in 1984 as a board game called BattleDroids, the series changed its name to BattleTech in its second edition following a copyright squabble with Lucasfilm who'd already claimed the word "droid". The franchise went on to spawn numerous editions, novels, and video games. It even spawned the famous MechWarrior series.

Harebrained Schemes's upcoming BattleTech title will be the first turn-based BattleTech game for PC in over 20 years. Little is known about the game, but the developer said it will "feature an open-ended Mercenaries-style campaign that blends RPG 'Mech and MechWarrior management with modern turn-based tactics."

A Kickstarter campaign is planned to launch this autumn. Given how quickly Harebrained Schemes' Shadowrun: Hong Kong reached its funding goal, it seems likely BattleTech will come to fruition.

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