That was exactly my first impression when I saw the pre pre alpha for Battle tech. They are staying very close to the original FASA rules from the first release PRE CLANS!! I loved the Lore of both the Inner sphere and how the 'Empires worked. Draconis Combine. Comstar, Capellan Confederation, Lyran commonwealth, Federated Suns and finally the Free Worlds League!
Oh those mechs..Crappy targeting, always over heating and could not for the life of me seem to fit both 2 modules of LRM 20's and an Auto Cannon 20 into an Atlas!