Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes have announced today that the release of BATTLETECH is now scheduled for a 2018 release date. It was initially planned to be released late in 2017 but the companies have said this later release date will give them time to “deliver a more quality experience that the company is known for.”

“Throughout development our Backers have been clear: ‘Don’t rush it, just make it great.’ and we have taken that advice to heart,” said Jordan Weisman, CEO of Harebrained Schemes and creator of the original board game and BattleTech universe. “HBS, Paradox, and our Backers all share a deeply personal attachment to this project and we are committed to delivering a game that not only meets the high expectations of our Backers and fans but introduces BattleTech to a new generation of players.”

“The feedback and enthusiasm from Beta participants has shown us just how great BATTLETECH can be, and rushing development to fit a timeline would be a disservice,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “We believe in the Harebrained Schemes team, and want them to give the game the time and attention they need to create a turn-based game worthy of the name.”

In order to help BATTLETECH players pass the time until the final release gets here, Hairbrained Schemes is updating their Backer Beta this week which include a large number of improvements of AI, balance changes and interface enhancements based upon the reams of useful feedback which was provided from their community.

The Beta will last at least another month, so players interested in becoming Late Backers to gain access to the Beta should go to http://battletechgame.com/ to get in on the action.

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