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Battletech trailer features an hour of multiplayer footage

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A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Paradox Interactive were teaming up with Shadowrun and Battletech developer Harebrained Schemes to see its promising turn-based strategy game through to completion. We enjoyed a fun trailer featuring clanky mechs walloping each other, but now we've surprisingly been afforded a longer look, in particular at Battletech's multiplayer mode.

There's a multiplayer beta on the way soon, you see, so if you fancy a headstart over the other Kickstarter backers entitled to beta access, or you just want a nice long look at some mechs tactically shooting each other, be sure to absorb the following video.

Developer Harebrained Schemes has provided a lengthy list of annotations that go into the friendly match in more detail, which you can read at the preceding link. There's no firm date for Battletech yet, but it should be out sometime this year.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.