Shadowrun: Hong Kong developer Harebrained Schemes has revealed the first screenshots and a brief teaser of its upcoming RPG.
The developer noted in a Kickstarter update that the crowdfunded game is now feature complete and on track for a PC, Mac and Linux release this summer. Pre-orders for the Deluxe version - which include the soundtrack and a digital art book - are available on Steam for £15.40 / $19.99, but the price will increase to $29.99 (about £20) upon release this summer.
Furthermore, to celebrate the studios' third anniversary, Shadowrun Returns is currently 80 per cent off at £2.19 / $2.99 and Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut is 70 per cent off at £3.29 / $4.50. This sale will last until Monday, 25th May at 6pm UK time.
Shadowrun Returns developer Harebrained Schemes teased an upcoming Kickstarter campaign last month and now that campaign has launched. It's for Shadowrun: Hong Kong, and it's already raised over a quarter million dollars in its first day.
Heck, it smashed through it's $100K goal in a mere two hours. By hour three, it had achieved its first stretch goal of adding enhanced player controls. It's since raised a total of $276,761, enough to fund stretch goals for animatic scene transitions, new party member Ractor the Russian, and more animatic endings.
The original Shadowrun Returns grossed over $1.8m on Kickstarter, so this Hong Kong spinoff still has a ways to go before it can smash Harebrained Scheme's previous record, but it's got until 17th February to do that.
Shadowrun, like James Bond, will return... as Shadowrun Returns developer Harebrained Schemes teased another project in the turn-based strategy series coming to Kickstarter in January.
Kickstarter success Shadowrun Returns will be expanded in a new Berlin-set expansion, Dragonfall, developer Harebrained Schemes has announced.
The $14.99 add-on will be free to all Kickstarter backers when it releases in January 2014. A $24.99 option for the original game and Dragonfall will also be available.
The expansion includes a new "full-length" campaign set in the Free City of Berlin, with a new hub neighborhood to explore.
Slapping the word "Returns" on the end of a sequel often seems a little redundant. In the case of Shadowrun, however, it's perfectly appropriate. For fans who waited over 10 years for a follow-up to the classic 16-bit cyberpunk RPG, only to be given a multiplayer first-person shooter in 2007, the implication is not just that Shadowrun is back, but that it's back as it was meant to be.
Shadowrun Returns serves as sequel, reboot and homage all in one. It's a game that acknowledges the storylines of the previous games - both the SNES and Megadrive versions were completely different - while broadening its scope. Familiar gameplay systems also return, subtly evolved by modern design thinking.
This is a game made for the faithful, then, which means newcomers have some catching up to do. Fortunately the game is nimble in avoiding stodgy exposition, allowing the curious wrinkles of its genre-blending world to fall out naturally.
We'd been told to expect a Shadowrun Returns release in June but now the date has been pushed back and set officially as 25th July.
"We know we've been saying June for some time, but now that we've reached this final stage of development, and although our Kickstarter funding was spent some time ago, we've decided to invest additional time in bug fixing and polishing the game," explained developer Hairbrained Schemes. "That means a longer crunch period for a tired team, but everyone agrees that it's worth it.
"One of the most common pieces of Backer feedback we've received over the past year is that we should take the time we need to ship this game. We really appreciate that, and we know we've thanked you already about a hundred times, but we're doing it again because we mean it. Thanks.
Harebrained Schemes has announced that Kickstarted game Shadowrun Returns will be released in June, which isn't very far away at all.
The first slice of gameplay footage from Kickstarter success Shadowrun Returns has been released online.
Nearly 20 minutes of alpha gameplay are available to watch below. It's our best look yet at Harebrained Schemes' ambitious project, which completed its crowd-funding campaign almost a year ago.
Shadowrun Returns' barn-storming Kickstarter raised a huge $1.89m (£1.25m), more than quadruple its $400,000 goal.
Highly anticipated turn-based RPG Shadowrun Returns was once announced as a top-down affair before developer Harebrained Studios decided to switch it to an isometric perspective.
What a year Kickstarter had in 2012. Tim Schafer's Double Fine kicked the crowd-funding website into orbit back in March, raising more than $3 million to make an old-school adventure game.
Kickstarter mega-success Shadowrun Returns will now launch in either May or June 2013, developer Harebrained Studios has announced.
Update: It was a success!
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Creator Jordan Weismann wants $400,000 of your hard-earned cash to make Shadowrun Returns - a 2D turn-based RPG for PC and tablets.
His new studio Harebrained Schemes has managed to get the license back from Microsoft, and will work with original Shadowrun writers and designers on the title, including Michael Stackpole, Mike Mulvihill, Tom Dowd, Malik Toms, Mel Odom, Jason Hardy and Stephen Kenson.