Ever since they broke onto the gaming scene in 2011, Harebrained Schemes has become a name known for quality niche games and a hardcore fanbase. Following their founding, the company developed quite a few video games, with their most successful projects being based on the iconic Shadowrun tabletop RPGs. All that took a turn for the better in 2015 when Harebrained Schemes announced that they had begun to work on a full adaptation of the BattleTech franchise for PC.
The company launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $250,000 to develop the mech game, a goal that was reached in mere hours. The major goals for the Kickstarter were a single-player campaign if $1 million was raised, an expanded campaign if $1.85 million was raised, and multiplayer if $2.5 million was raised. The project managed to raise $2,785,537 from more than 40,000 backers, which was incredibly great for the game and the developer.
The project did hit a few snags along the way, getting delayed into 2018 after Paradox Interactive stepped in to the help HBS wrap up the game and refine its design. When the game release in 2018, fans loved it. BattleTech was even nominated for multiple high-profile awards over the next couple of years, including Best Strategy Game at The Game Awards 2018.
While we have no strict details about Harebrained’s upcoming projects, we do have one final free update for BattleTech coming soon.
BattleTech 1.9 is Coming
HBS would go on to develop 8 new versions of the mech battler title, pushing it into the 1.8 version we know today. There were also three full expansions. And now, we know that the developer is working on two new games. And yes, one final patch cycle for BattleTech. These updates will join the likes of Urban Warfare by adding new features and fix some new bugs.
According to ParadoxPlaza forums, update 1.9 will bring a variety of changes to the game, including a difficulty option for the campaign. There will also be 16 new mech variants and 8 new vehicle variants to blast to bits.
And to thank the thousands of fans of BattleTech who helped support Harebrained Schemes over the years, the company even put out a nice little video thank you. Check out the nice little thank you the company supplied to fans down below.