Multiplayer BattleTech 3025 (lost build of cancelled PC massively multiplayer online role-playing game; 2001)
Multiplayer BattleTech 3025 was a planned MMORPG for PC. It was developed by Kesmai and was going to be published by E.A. The game would allow players to choose mechs from the expansive BattleTech universe.
Kesmai originally developed a similar BattleTech game titled Multiplayer BattleTech: Solaris. This version was made available through AOL in 1996. The Solaris entry into the series was well received, but by the late 1990s, players began to see the game starting to age. In 1999 Kesmai was acquired by E.A. and had announced that a new Multiplayer BattleTech game was in development. Titled Multiplayer BattleTech 3025, E.A. opted to rebuild the game from the ground up instead of using pre-existing assets from Solaris. This caused Multiplayer BattleTech 3025 to miss deadline after deadline. Eventually, in early 2001 a beta of the game was made public on E.A.'s website. The beta for BattleTech 3025 received generally negative reviews, with websites like Gamepressure giving it a 2.3/10. In December of 2001, E.A. closed the beta for BattleTech 3025. While no official reasoning was given, many cite the low review scores as a possible factor. E.A. also shutdown Kesmai in October of 2001.
BattleTech 3025 ran like most MMOGs for the time. Players would have to hook up to a server and choose between one of the five factions from the BattleTech lore. Those five factions being Davion, Liao, Kurita, Steiner, and Marik. After choosing a faction, players would be able to engage in private matches with four-on-four battle. In four-on-four matches after a battle was concluded it would result in a faction gaining and losing territory until one was left standing.
- Development history for BattleTech 3025. Retrieved 28 Dec' 17
- IGN information page about BattleTech 3025. Retrieved 28 Dec' 17
- IGN article about the details for BattleTech 3025. Retrieved 28 Dec' 17
- Gamepressure page about BattleTech 3025. Retrieved 28 Dec' 17