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==History==
[[FASA|FASA Corporation]] published the first ''BattleTech'' game set in 1984, and throughout the '80s and '90s subsequently released a wide range of supplemental books and materials for the series. FASA ceased producing ''BattleTech'' in 2001 and sold the [[w:intellectual property|intellectual property]] (IP) to [[WizKids]]. The IP was then split into '''[[FanProClassic BattleTech]], who had previously held the license for German ''BattleTech'' products, licensed the rights from WizKids and continued to release sourcebooks and supplements under the ''Classic Battletech'' moniker. IP holder WizKids was purchased by [[ToppsMechWarrior: Dark Age]] in 2003, and terminated as a brand in 2008; ever since, the IP to ''BattleTech'' for a time (and othersfrom 2002 to 2008) are held directly by Topps.:
Between 2002 and 2008, the IP was split and a ;MechWarrior: Dark AgeWizKids created new BattleTech game line called '''[[MechWarrior: Dark Age]]''' was produced which employed the substantially different [[Clix]] game rulesand had only superficial similarities with BattleTech as it was known until then. To avoid conflict in the shared setting, the new game and the new [[MechWarrior: Dark Age novels|novel line]] accompanying it was set in ca. [[3135]], rougly 70 years after the BattleTech timeline at the time. The 70-year gap allowed for some substantial changes to the overall setting and a 'fresh start'. The creation of the ''MechWarrior: Dark Age'' spin-off brand led to a renaming of the [[MechWarrior Role Playing Game]] into "''[[Classic BattleTech RPG]]''" for the reprint of the third edition, and "''[[A Time of War]]''" (previously the title of the introduction) for the fourth edition. [[ROC]] discontinued their [[MechWarrior series]] of novels in the classic setting and began to publish [[MechWarrior: Dark Age novels]] in the Dark Age setting. ;Classic BattleTechThe original board game line was re-branded '''[[Classic BattleTech]]'''by[[FanPro]], but who had previously held the "Classic" prefix was dropped again from new license for German ''BattleTech'' products after . They licensed the Dark Age line was discontinued rights from WizKids in 20082002 and continued to release sourcebooks and supplements under the ''Classic Battletech'' moniker. It remains  ;BattleTech againIP holder WizKids was purchased by [[Topps]] in use to some extent2003, often to differentiate from and terminated as a brand in 2008 (the Clix gamebrand was since revived, but does not produce BattleTech-related material anymore); ever since, and is now synonymous with the IP to ''BattleTech board game'' (and others) are held directly by Topps.
In June 2007, FanPro's license ran out and [[Catalyst Game Labs]] (a subsidiary of [[InMediaRes]] Productions, LLC) acquired the license to Classic BattleTech in their stead. Catalyst also retained many of the staff members who previously worked for FanPro.<ref>[http://catalystgamelabs.com/2007/05/17/inmediares-productions-llc-forms-imprint-catalyst-game-labs Catalyst Game Labs » Blog Archive » INMEDIARES PRODUCTIONS, LLC, FORMS IMPRINT: CATALYST GAME LABS<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref><br />
 
The "Classic" prefix was dropped again from new BattleTech products after the Dark Age line was discontinued in 2008. It remains in use to some extent, often to differentiate from the Clix game, and is now synonymous with the BattleTech board game.
==Publications==