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Entering the ‘free-to-play’ MechWarrior Tactics closed beta will cost you

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Roadhouse Interactive and Infinite Game Publishing announced the launch of the MechWarrior Tactics closed beta today, and they’re encouraging players to provide feedback on the game’s development by buying their way in.

The new Founder’s Program offers players three packages to choose from, and each comes with exclusive benefits and access to the closed beta. The sci-fi turn-based strategy title borrows the structure of a collectible card game, so players can assemble Lances, or squads of four mechs, much like they would decks. It now supports 1-on-1, invite-only matches as well, so you can try out the hexagonal-grid-based combat with a friend.

“MechWarrior Tactics is a game deeply rooted and inspired by the original and cherished BattleTech tabletop games,” Chris Cleroux, the game director at Roadhouse, said in a statement. “It’s important for us to bring to life the essence of the BattleTech experience for fans, and we’re looking forward to their valuable feedback. This is truly a project where the closed beta will be one, long conversation with the fanbase to make sure we creating an experience that captures the magic, excitement, and flavor of the BattleTech universe.”

BattleTech inspired the game’s rules, which Roadhouse then tweaked to fit the online vision. The companies involved have been working closely with creator Jordan Weismann to stay as true to the original games, lore, and universe as possible.

MechWarrior Tactics is a free-to-play, PC browser-based game, so it’s interesting that the developer is inviting prospective players to try it out early by paying for it. You’ll still be able to play it for free when it hits the public (not counting potential microtransactions), but participating in the beta allows serious players to give Roadhouse feedback on how the game is shaping up.

Details on the three available packages are below. They contain in-game currency, limited edition units, decals, skins, badges, and more. Roadhouse may grant temporary currency for testing purposes during the closed beta. Founders members will have to wait to receive their in-game items and currency boosts as well as premium account access, though, until the open beta launches later this year.

The program is only available in North America. The launch date for the finished game has yet to be announced.

Veteran Founder’s Package ($20) includes:

  • $25 value of in-game currency* (2,500k C-Bills) for in-game item purchases.
  • Two exclusive, Seventh Kommando MechWarrior units.
  • Four limited-edition Seventh Kommando decals.
  • Seventh Kommando Veteran rank badge
  • One-month Lance Tier Premium Account to MechWarrior Tactics at launch: more C-Bills, earn XP and scrap faster.
  • Early access to the game starts today.

Elite Founder’s Package ($50) includes:

  • $60 value of in-game currency* (6,000k C-Bills) for in-game item purchases.
  • Two exclusive Seventh Kommando MechWarrior units.
  • Two limited-edition Seventh Kommando ‘Mech Chassis — get a leg up on combat out of the gate!
  • Two limited-edition Seventh Kommando skins let you look your best on the battlefield.
  • Four limited-edition Seventh Kommando decals.
  • Seventh Kommando Elite rank badge.
  • Two-month’s Company Tier Premium Account to MechWarrior Tactics at launch: more C-Bills, earn XP and scrap faster.
  • Early access to the game starts today.

Legendary Founder’s Package ($120) includes:

  • $100 value of in-game currency* (10,000k C-Bills) for in-game item purchases.
  • Four exclusive Seventh Kommando MechWarrior units.
  • Four limited edition Seventh Kommando Mech Chassis.
  • Four limited edition Seventh Kommando skins.
  • Four limited edition Seventh Kommando decals.
  • Seventh Kommando Legendary rank badge.
  • Two-month’s Company Tier Premium Account to MechWarrior Tactics at launch: more C-Bills, earn XP and scrap faster.
  • Early access to the game starts today.

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