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BattleTech unveils single-player campaign with a new trailer

Drawing from decades of lore and the classic tabletop game

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Harebrained Schemes’ Jordan Weisman was on hand at the PC Gaming Show to introduce the single-player campaign for BattleTech. The trailer is embedded above.

The final game will include three modes including a single-player skirmish mode, a multiplayer skirmish mode and the single-player mercenary campaign. In single-player, your base of operations will be the Argo, an ancient, broken down hulk of a space station in high orbit. Players will fight across multiple star systems, taking on jobs from petty dictators as well as lords and ladies of noble houses.

The mech bay in BattleTech allows you to fully customize your mechs.
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Players will fight on the side of a deposed ruler whose throne was taken by her uncle. Battles will be fought against a background of a bloody civil war.

BattleTech is currently in a closed beta for crowdfunding backers only. It draws from the classic tabletop game and forces players to make strategic decisions about positioning, line of sight and crew management. Heat levels play a key role in making sure that your units stay operational from fight to fight.

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