BATTLETECH: Heavy Metal is rocking the deck plates in one month. I can't wait. The laborious turn-by-turn combat is perfect for people looking for a faithful translation from tabletop to video game role-playing. But it's the introduction of new mechs that always steals the show.
And Heavy Metal introduces a total of eight new mechs—seven of them classic, one of them brand spanking new, made specifically for this Heavy Metal expansion. Additionally, Harebrained Schemes adds eight new weapons systems, one of which is the Mech Mortar, the first area-of-effect (AOE) weapon in the game, and new Inferno Missiles that coat enemy mechs in burning fuel. Hooray!
Also, new Flashpoint mini-campaign brings two legends from BATTLETECH lore to the table: the Bounty Hunter and the Black Widow of Wolf's Dragoons. A derelict cargo ship has drifted into the Periphery from deep space, and it's time to go scavenging.
I'm guessing more videos are lined up for the next four weeks, introducing the classic mechs as well as that chipmunk-cheeked newbie. I really enjoy BATTLETECH, but I'm not savvy enough about its universe to name these new ones on sight alone.
Heavy Metal is the third and final part of the BATTLETECH season pass, so if you've paid for that, you've already paid for this. If you don't have the season pass, Heavy Metal is $20 standalone. That's the kind of price that makes the $50 season pass sound reasonable, which includes Flashpoint ($20), Urban Warfare ($20), and this upcoming Heavy Metal ($20), of course.
BATTLETECH: Heavy Metal lands on November 21
BATTLETECH: Heavy Metal Expansion Deploys Eight New ‘Mechs on November 21
BattleMechs, Weapon Systems, and Mini-Campaign Add Fresh Gameplay to Award-Winning Turn-Based Tactical ‘Mech Combat Game
BERLIN & STOCKHOLM - OCTOBER 19, 2019 - Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes today announced the Heavy Metal expansion to BATTLETECH at PDXCON, the annual celebration of Paradox’s global community. Launching November 21, 2019, for a suggested retail price of $19.99 / £15.49 / €19.99 and included in the BATTLETECH - Season Pass, Heavy Metal adds eight new ‘Mechs featuring several classic designs, a Flashpoint mini-campaign, and eight weapon systems to the turn-based strategy title on PC, Mac, and Linux.
Heavy Metal adds a massive amount of new gameplay options to the world of BATTLETECH, including seven classic ‘Mech designs from the original BATTLETECH board game and an additional ‘Mech designed exclusively for this expansion. Players can also look forward to eight new weapons systems to destroy their foes in unique ways, along with a brand new Flashpoint mini-campaign.
One Original and Seven Classic BattleMechs: Seven classic ‘Mechs from BATTLETECH’s 35-year legacy make their triumphant return along with the first completely new ‘Mech designed exclusively for this expansion. Each classic ‘Mech comes with unique equipment that reflects the flavor and lore of the original board game.
Eight Game-Changing New Weapon Systems: Eight all-new weapon systems can be utilized to destroy even the most formidable opponents in a wide variety of unique ways. The ‘Mech Mortar is the first AOE weapon in BATTLETECH and can destroy multiple units at once, while the new COIL Beam generates more energy the further the attacker travels before firing, a perfect fit for light ‘Mechs.
New Flashpoint Mini-Campaign: Come face-to-face with two legendary characters from BATTLETECH lore—the Bounty Hunter and the Black Widow of Wolf’s Dragoons. A derelict cargo ship has drifted into the Periphery from deep space; what secrets does it contain, and who will ultimately control its mysterious payload?
“Heavy Metal brings a greater level of diversity to BATTLETECH by including eight new ‘Mechs and a variety of devastating weapon systems that will change the way players destroy their opponents,” said Mitch Gitelman, BATTLETECH Game Director and co-founder of Harebrained Schemes. “The new mini-campaign weaves its way through your mercenary career to the point when you become an elite MechCommander, capable of facing off with two of the most legendary MechWarriors in BATTLETECH history.”
BATTLETECH: Heavy Metal will be available for digital download on the Paradox Store and Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Purchase the BATTLETECH - Season Pass on the Paradox Store for all expansions at a discounted price. The Paradox Publisher Weekend is live on Steam until Monday at 10:00 AM PDT, offering sales of up to 66% on all BATTLETECH titles.