If ever there was a company I was rooting for them to do the necessary rectal-cranial extraction and finally get their shit together, it is surely Catalyst.
I'm betting that it will come out eventually, but they're moving at a geological pace. From what I understand they need to find a new company to produce the plastics, and that's holding up everything. Even the current intro box is out of production and nobody knows when a new one will come.
Maybe, if they're lucky, it'll be timed to release near the same time as the HBS game, but given their track record of amateur hour business decisions and apparent lack of operating capital, I can't rule it out of winding up as a shitshow.
I'm really sorry I didn't get the intro box when I had the chance. I'm painting one of the lance packs and this is as good as plastic mechs have ever been. Fingers crossed that they can maintain this level of quality.
Totally agreed with the poster before. I root for Catalyst and I buy everything they put out on Battletech (I have like 3 copies of each lance pack and 2 intro boxes), but I don't understand how do they do things sometimes: lance packs I think started at $20-25, but then last year in PAX they were sold like $10 a piece. Not sure if they weren't as popular (but for plastic mechs they are super nice), or they just made a shit ton of them.
Edit: and the plastic multipart mechs were awesome. Also, in PAX you could see the plastic re-seen warhammer and if I could I would have bought a company of those.
Apparently, the new TRO:Succession Wars dropped. It's a compilation of stuff from various other TROs, and has a bunch of the new, classic look mechs designed to replace the Unseen. Notably absent are any of the ones derived from Macross IP, even though we've already gotten a Warhammer, Marauder, Wasp and Valkyrie.
EDIT: But the complaints against HBS specifically are hilarious. Claiming the ATLAS infringes on the "Armored Valkyrie" and a Shadow Hawk on the Armored Spartan (AKA: Archer in old BT). PGI's are the more direct nuSeen and a bit scary to me though.
HG: We made Jordan Wiseman say that we own Giant Warrior Robots in 1996, and he keeps trying to make more Giant Warrior Robots. Like these: (displays pictures of unused Nuseen designs and various MWO designs that get progressively more specious as it goes). Now make them give us money.
So the day Frank Agrama shuffles off his mortal coil (he's 87, so it should be SOON) is going to basically become a nerd holiday, right?
So I saw on the HBS forums some people saying there might even be some way to read it that HG is trying to take on the copyright for "Warrior Robts" entirely. That'd turn into a mess. Since I imagine they'd run afoul Games Workshop and others too. Yikes.