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BattleTech Kickstarter Update #32: Anniversary Recap
Game News - posted by Infinitron on Fri 30 September 2016, 02:04:45Tags: BattleTech; Harebrained Schemes; Mike McCain
A year has passed since BattleTech launched on Kickstarter and became one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a turn-based game in recent memory. Harebrained Schemes have decided to mark the occasion by putting together a big anniversary Kickstarter update recapping the year's most important developments. There's a brief status report by Mike McCain about the game's current state and where it's going now. Last month, Harebrained put together a short BattleTech cinematic teaser for GenCon. It didn't seem important enough to post on its own, but I think it fits well here:
So, what’s the team been up to since GenCon? In a word, EVERYTHING. Seriously. Not only did we get right back to work on the combat experience - finishing up features like melee, MechWarrior abilities, airstrikes, and more - but we’ve been busy spinning up on ‘Mech production, environment art production, map design, multiplayer, story development, and last but not least, breaking ground on development on the “simulation game” (which is our internal term to describe all the fun aspects of managing your Mercenary outfit in-between combat missions).
Our spring and summer summer were all about two things: 1) Turning our early combat prototype into a complete, fun, and robust combat experience, and 2) Getting all of our systems, pipelines and architecture in place for full content production on the game. Objective #1 was proven out by the #SuperPreAlpha (thanks again to everyone who watched the Backer video or was able to play it at GenCon and PAX!) Objective #2 has taken a little bit longer to solidify, but I’m pleased to report that we’re also turning that corner this month into content production in all areas of the game. This is one of the great challenges of game development - sometimes one team is furiously trying to finish building the car while other teams are simultaneously trying to paint and test drive it.
To continue with the weird car analogy, I really couldn’t be more proud of this team and feel like everyone is really firing on all cylinders. Jordan and Mitch and I would like to give a particular shoutout here to our engineering team though, they have been absolutely crushing it in their efforts to get a huge amount of features into the game quickly while maintaining a quality, scalable codebase.
We expect to be back with one more Kickstarter update towards the end of 2016 including another progress update and some Kickstarter Beta details. After that, expect our KS updates to slow down a bit as production ramps WAY up.