Patch v5.3 - 2020/5/4

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BTA v5.3 (aka the Wow That's a Lotta Mechs release) has been released to the installer. This comes with a big big pile of changes, the list of which follows:

  • Heat Banks and the Royal Mech quirk work now. They sink a flat amount of heat regardless of environment or condition. The Royal quirk always sinks 12 heat for instance.
  • CBTBE has been updated. Mechs shut down from overheat now check for ammo explosions/pilot hits/system damage.
  • MASC/Supercharger/cMASC work properly. MASC/cMASC is sprint only, Supercharger is walk only, they are incompatible now. Don't think they show in mechbay correctly still but >mechbay
  • Defend Base contracts are now excluded from Mission Control. No bonus lances, no wacky spawns.
  • The Great Melee Rebalance continues, this time Heavy Mech Edition
  • More Campaign Flashpoint updates! Now through Grave Digging
  • MC support lances now spawn a little more rarely at higher skulls (30% instead of 40%)
  • Field Repairs has been included. Now OpFor can come pre-damaged according to a variety of patterns, all in lore-friendly ways.
  • Fixed the Tournament of Champions FP for the full IS map. Now it'll spawn properly.
  • Minor Clan ER laser buffs and minor Clan Small Laser changes to try and balance them a little better.
  • Piercing SRMs have been modified to use their own unique ammunition, Piercing SRM ammo.
  • There are four new event chains, one each for the following pilots: Optio, Virago, Capricorn, and Darius(!)
  • NEW MECH: The Hornet, a 20 ton light fire support mech. It's in starter lists too! Also, it's an egg (seriously).
  • NEW MECH: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... a TRASHCAN! It's the Urbie LAM.
  • NEW MECH: The Argus, a 60 ton Davion cavalry mech from MW4 (that's super great looking too).
  • NEW MECH: The Zeus X, an experimental Zeus from the Lyrans. Also, it's got sick dagger-wings.
  • NEW MECH: The Titan, a Star League prototype the Davions and Mariks dug up in the 3030s. It's 100 tons of brick shithouse, here to crush your enemies.

IMPORTANT: v5.3 is an "update" update. Run the installer again to let it just update your files and you're set to go. The installer auto-updates the CAB and injects Modtek for you.

IMPORTANT: v5.3 requires HBS BT patch 1.9.1. Update to that version before installing BTA v5.3.

Reminder: This update, and others like it, are made possible by my Patreon supporters. Without their support, updates would come slower and be less impactful. If you feel like being a part of the support for BTA, you can find me here: https://www.patreon.com/bloodydoves