It was back in May that we firston the news that Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes had entered into a partnership to release Battletech, a game that's set in the year of 3025, where the universe is struck with the conflict of perpetual civil war as noble houses fight to take control using BattleMechs.
It was originally meant to be released later this year for the PC, but unfortunately it was revealed today that the release of Battletech will be moved to early 2018 to give Harebrained Schemes more time to "deliver the type of quality experience the company is known for."
"Throughout development our Backers have been clear: ‘Don’t rush it, just make it great.’ and we have taken that advice to heart," said Jordan Weisman, CEO of Harebrained Schemes and creator of the original board game and BattleTech universe. "HBS, Paradox, and our Backers all share a deeply personal attachment to this project and we are committed to delivering a game that not only meets the high expectations of our Backers and fans but introduces BattleTech to a new generation of players."
"The feedback and enthusiasm from Beta participants has shown us just how great BATTLETECH can be, and rushing development to fit a timeline would be a disservice," said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. "We believe in the Harebrained Schemes team, and want them to give the game the time and attention they need to create a turn-based game worthy of the name."
There's a private backer beta currently going on for those that supported the game on Kickstarter, and Harebrained Schemes are updating it this week to include a number of improvements and gameplay changes based on feedback that it's received from the community. The other good news is that PvP multiplayer will soon be added allowing players to test their skills against others online.
Battletech will be released for the PC in early 2018.