Harebrained Schemes’ BattleTech, which launched in April 2018, is closing in on the end of its Season Pass downloadable content. Two pieces of post-launch DLC already introduced new missions, mechanics, ‘Mechs, and maps. Now the third, called Heavy Metal, is bringing out the big guns. The $19.99 update, due out on Nov. 12, promises to add eight massive new machines to the game.
Add in two free additions and that’s a total of 10 new ‘Mechs. You can watch the trailer at the top of this post.
BattleTech is a turn-based tactical game based on the nearly 35-year-old big-stompy-robots tabletop franchise. It tells the story of a small border skirmish that expands rapidly, pulling in several of the galaxy’s largest political powers. It can be played as a narrative campaign, or as a sandbox-style open-world game. Owners and fans of both modes of play have already benefited from Harebrained’s dedication to the title, a commitment that has only increased since they were picked up by Paradox last summer.
Heavy Metal will be accompanied by a free patch, which will include two additional BattleMechs; the fan favorite Marauder-class and the Warhammer-class chassis. Those who pick up the for-pay expansion (or those who already own the Season Pass) will also gain access to seven more classic models. Here’s the details on each, plus rough data pulled from Sarna.net:
- Flea, a 20-ton ‘Mech known for its speed and firepower.
- Assassin, a 40-ton ‘Mech with roots in Star League-era conflicts.
- Vulcan, a 40-ton ‘Mech known best as an anti-infantry unit.
- Phoenix Hawke, a 45-ton ‘Mech and a fairly common unit across the Inner Sphere.
- Annihilator, a 100-ton ‘Mech that’s fairly slow for an assault chassis but with plenty of ballistic and energy hardpoints.
- Archer, a 70-ton missile boat that comes standard with 2x LRM-20s.
- Rifleman, the iconic 60-ton beast shown on the cover of the original MechWarrior role-playing game system’s core rulebook.
Finally, those who purchase Heavy Metal will also receive access to the Bull Shark. The massive monster looks to be about the same size as a King Crab, but its armaments are a mystery. That’s because the team at Harebrained has created it from scratch.
The expansion also promises eight entirely new weapon systems, including a ‘Mech Mortar area-of-effect weapon and a COIL Beam that charges up energy the further the attacker travels before firing. There’s also a miniature campaign that brings players in contact with members of the famed Wolf’s Dragoons.
Heavy Metal is available starting Nov. 21.