MechWarrior Tactics

MechWarrior Tactics closed beta footage shows loadouts, gameplay

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MechWarrior Tactics developer Roadhouse Interactive has released an extensive new video detailing its upcoming BattleTech-inspired turn-based strategy game. Currently in the closed-beta phase of development, the footage offers insight into mech loadouts, gameplay, as well as the free-to-play title's economy.

MechWarrior Tactics closed beta launches, Founder packages detailed

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MechWarrior Tactics, the turn-based, free-to-play BattleTech brawl from Roadhouse Interactive, is gunning it into closed beta today. Looking to emulate the BattleTech tabletop game that inspired the slew of MechWarrior titles past and present, Tactics includes collectible card game elements, casting you as a mercenary commander in charge of a customizable, four-mech lance. Beginning today, MWT is up for sale; three tiers of buyable beta access (a business model that critiqued just yesterday) range from $20 all the way up to $120, with scaling rewards.

MechWarrior Tactics trailer wrecks mechs with missiles

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MechWarrior Tactics screenshots show strategic robo-bombardment and mech jetpacks

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MechWarrior Tactics will be a hexy, turn based robot combat game set in the BattleTech universe. It'll let you put together a stable of customisable mechs, which can be deployed in squads to do battle with other players across the world. We'll be able to fight multiple battles at the same time, taking turns here and there whenever each player has time, a format that's worked very well for games like Frozen Synapse. The official MechWarrior Tactics site will let you register a commander name ahead of the game's release later this year.

It looks quite pretty, too, according to the new screenshots below. They show a an explosive four vs. four rumble set around a picturesque river, a landscape soon to be ruined by giant stompy robots and their spectacular artillery barrages. Take a look.

MechWarrior Tactics announced, accepting callsign reservations

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Giant robots are officially a trend in 2012. The publishers of free-to-play mech FPSim MechWarrior Online just powered up a new web page for a second, separate game: MechWarrior Tactics. Right now, the only thing on the page is a countdown clock set to expire on next Monday, February 20.

Mild detective work tells us that MechWarrior Tactics is probably a Facebook game. The studios credited at the bottom of the page are social game developers—Roadhouse Interactive and Acronym Games are also collaborating to create Family Guy Online. So it's probably not a successor to the squad-based isometric wonder that was MechCommander, but who'd say no to more mech games? Look for more intel in a week.

Update:Stephanie Schopp, a PR representative for the game, has emailed to let us know that MW Tactics is "not a Facebook game." Yee-haw!