The latest expansion for BattleTech, Heavy Metal is dropping eight new mechs into battle all at once, alongside new weapon systems and a mini-campaign. Announced today at PDXCON 2019, the expansion will be out on 21st November for $19.99 / £15.49 / €19.99 or as part of the BattleTech Season Pass.
Heavy Metal dredges up a lot of historical mechs from the series for the game’s newest additions, going all the way back to the original board game to find seven of the eight new additions. However, there’s also one completely brand new design, to keep things interesting.
Alongside this, there’s a bunch of new weapon systems, such as the AOE Mech Mortar, which can damage multiple units at once, while the COIL Beam weapons generate energy the further a mech moves before firing, making them perfect for light mechs hoping to be relevant later in the game.
A new mini-campaign brings you in contact with two legendary characters from the franchise’s lore, the Boounty Hunter and the Black Widow of Wolf’s Dragoons, with the appearance of a derelict cargo ship ono the periphery of space containing mysterious (and presumably very powerful) secrets.
Mitch Gitelman, BattleTech Game Director and co-founder of Harebrained Schemes explained, “The new mini-campaign weaves its way through your mercenary career to the point when you become an elite MechCommander, capable of facing off with two of the most legendary MechWarriors in BattleTech history.”
The expansion rounds out the game’s Season Pass, which has previously seen the release of the Flashpoint and Urban Warfare DLC. The first of these introduced more side content away from the main campaign, while the latter brought a new and destructible city setting for your mech combat to take place in.
We wrote about Urban Warfare when it launched in June, with Miguel saying, “Anyone looking to add some more action to their BattleTech experience absolutely needs to pick up Urban Warfare, if only for the new city environments it adds. These maps add an incredible new layer of fun and strategy to the game, and they’ve very quickly come to be my favourite part of not just the expansion, but the game as a whole.”
Here’s hoping Heavy metal has the same effect!
(Also, for the love of all things turn-based strategy, bring this game to console already!)