MechWarrior Tactics coming this year, will be free-to-play

MechWarrior Tactics, a new turn-based, free-to-play, tactical combat game set in the BattleTech universe has been announced for North American PCs.

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Roadhouse Interactive and A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Games have announced that they're partnering with the newly-formed entity Infinite Game Publishing to deliver MechWarrior Tactics, a free-to-play, turn-based tactical combat game for PC later this year.

Set in the year 3025, MechWarrior Tactics will feature asynchronous, turn-based combat, and a large variety of customization options.

The announcement was revealed after a countdown on the game's official website. Though no details are present on the actual site--save for a promotional image--completing the free registration serves up some more details for interested parties.

Global leaderboards and combat replay features will be included, and though the skinny on microtransactions hasn't been shared yet, it's likely that it will enable players to purchase things like new weapons and mech-parts with cash, rather than earning them through the course of normal gameplay. Or hats, perhaps. We all know how how people love virtual head-wear.

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    February 21, 2012 12:30 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, MechWarrior Tactics coming this year, will be free-to-play.

    MechWarrior Tactics, a new turn-based, free-to-play, tactical combat game set in the BattleTech universe has been announced for North American PCs.

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      February 21, 2012 12:45 PM

      You don't have to sign up to read their press release, just click on the image.

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      February 21, 2012 12:51 PM

      I remember loving the shit out of a turn-based isometric mech game back in the day. You had to customize your mechs along with your pilots (and abort them when they were no longer useful ?!?).

      Anybody remember this?

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        February 21, 2012 12:58 PM

        Front Mission?

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          February 21, 2012 1:05 PM

          No, it's from the earthsiege/starsiege world:

          MissionForce: CyberStorm (possibly CyberStorm II, I don't remember).

          Anyone else tried this?

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      February 21, 2012 12:53 PM

      Awesome! btw what a crazy idea to make a turnbased Mech game based on Mechwarrior. They should go ahead even make a table top game with that concept!

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        February 21, 2012 1:02 PM

        You'd have to simplify it a bit - probably use hexes for movement. You could make some nice painted miniatures to use with it, I bet...

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        February 21, 2012 3:09 PM

        lol :)

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        February 22, 2012 6:34 AM

        I see what you did there.

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      February 21, 2012 12:54 PM

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      February 21, 2012 1:03 PM

      I'm dying to know what the acronym in A.C.R.O.N.Y.M Games stands for.

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      February 21, 2012 1:11 PM

      What? How did they do this with the MW:O project going on? Do multiple parties have rights to the IP now?

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        February 21, 2012 1:15 PM

        apparently the same publisher....but why? What is going on here in Battletech? I'm happy, yet confused!

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      February 21, 2012 1:20 PM

      Just how many Mechwarrior games are in the works now?

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        February 21, 2012 1:24 PM

        Just the 2

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        February 21, 2012 2:47 PM

        5-6 I think

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          February 21, 2012 2:51 PM

          4 MW games. The Day 1 Mech game announced yesterday is official Battletech

          Mechwarrior Online
          Solaris Assault Tech
          Mechwarrior Tactics
          Mechwarrior: Tactical Command

          Then there's the Mechwarrior: Living Legends mod which is pretty much commercial quality.

          8 years with no hope of a Mechwarrior game and now we'll be up to our asses is metal goodness. Oh, then Hawken (non BT) in December.

          Time to start looking at joysticks fellas.

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            February 21, 2012 2:51 PM

            oops x 2

            I meant to say the Day 1 game is NOT battletech.

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      February 21, 2012 1:28 PM

      How is Battletech itself different from MechWarrior? I'm really not too familiar with Battletech outside of MechWarrior. I'm assuming there's a lot of stuff outside of MW since Infocom used to make Battletech RPGs or something like that back in the day. Someone should make a Battletech game again.

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        February 21, 2012 1:32 PM

        It's not. MW was just the RPG part that was eventually created to go alongside the BT part. BT was strictly the table-top/board game. MW was for life outside the mechs.

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          February 21, 2012 1:54 PM

          Battletech was the original table-top RPG, and Mechwarrior was the video game run and also a somewhat decent miniatures/clicks game.

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            February 21, 2012 1:59 PM

            I'm pretty sure MW was a pen-and-paper RPG before it was a video game; I bought all the original stuff when it came out in the '80s--boxed BT set with the Warhammer on the front, the MW RPG book with the Rifleman on the cover. I think that was maybe 1987 or '88 when MW came out.

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              February 21, 2012 2:07 PM

              Right, original BT was less RPG and more tactical board game. MW was a pen and paper rpg ruleset on top of that - piloting and backstory rules, etc. The first mechwarrior PC game was named off the rpg and used its back story and rules.

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                February 21, 2012 2:14 PM

                See, the 40 in your name probably refers to your age and that's how you know. ;))

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                  February 21, 2012 2:23 PM

                  Today I learned that MW was first a pen and paper game! Wh0a!

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        February 21, 2012 2:57 PM

        Think of it this way, you can play BT without MW. You cannot play MW without BT.

        MW fleshed out 2 attributes while playing BT and also would allow for other in-game rule modifications. It also was the setup for campaign type play where you play multiple games with limited resources.

        We played a single campaign that lasted over 6 months. Total of 12 or 13 games. Each game lasted at least 12 hours. 1 game that I remember specifically was over 30 hours (broken up over several days).

        I personally own well over 1000 mini's, every book produced and the ability to produce all the variations of all the mech including any loadouts from MW including fiction novels.

        I was into BT big time. I miss it.

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      February 21, 2012 4:54 PM

      Should've called this MechCommander. I loved MC2 :)

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        February 22, 2012 2:21 AM

        Guh. Both were really fun.

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      February 21, 2012 6:37 PM

      Sooooo it's just Battletech the game that is using the mechwarrior name for market appeal I guess?

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      February 22, 2012 6:30 AM

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