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Battletech: Heavy Metal will add eight new 'Mechs and the Black Widow next month

Harebrained Schemes 'outstanding 31st-century battle simulator Battletech will unveil in November with the release of Heavy Metal, an appropriately named expansion announced today at the PDXCON that will bring eight new' Mechs to the field of combat serious tonnage bring weapon systems and a new Flashpoint mini-campaign.

The new fighting machines are not listed in the announcement, but a list of eight 'Mechs appear on an ad in the trailer, and that's probably no coincidence. Against this background, one can say with certainty that these are the new units we can look forward to:

  • FLE-1
    5 Flea
    (20 tons)
  • VL-2T Vulcan (40 tons ) [19659004] ASN-21 Assassin (40 tons)
  • PXH-1 Phoenix Hawk (45 tons)
  • RFL-3N Rifleman (60 tons, and now I'm excited – the Rifleman was my first major Mech, when I boarded in Battletech.
  • ARC-2R Archer (70 tons)
  • ANH-1A Annihilator (100 tons)

The eighth and last Mech is unknown for the time being, but it's a brand new design designed exclusively for Battletech, and it promises to be a beast: the trailer indicates it's a 90-ton unit right in the middle of the massive assault The new weapons include a mortar, the first weapon with in-game scope, and the COIL beam, which releases its energy Increases depending on the distance the attacking 'Mech travels before shooting. The further it moves, the harder it gets, which can cause fast-moving light-mechs to put one leg up on hairless things.

Even old-time Battletech fans should be thrilled with the new Flashpoint campaign, the Bounty Hunter and the Black Widow, two "legendary characters" from the Battletech tradition, with sincere blood hovering between them. And it does not sound like this is an opportunity to bury the hatchet.

"An abandoned freighter has drifted from space to the periphery," teased Harebrained. "What secrets does it contain and who will ultimately control its mysterious payload?"

"Heavy metal gives Battletech a higher level of diversity by containing eight new 'Mechs and a variety of devastating weapons systems that change the way players act to destroy their opponents," said Mitch Gitelman, co-founder of Harebrained Schemes. "The new mini-campaign winds its way through your mercenary career to the point where you become an elite MechCommander who can compete with two of the most legendary MechWarriors in Battletech's history."

The expansion will also bring a free update to the base game which will add two more 'Mechs and – here's the big one – official Mod support.

Battletech: Heavy Metal will go live on November 21 and be available for $ 20 / £ 16 / € 20 Steam and the Paradox Store.

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