Longing for a genuine PC sequel to the
cult RPG Shadowrun? Looks like you're not alone. Just two days after
launching a Kickstarter campaign for Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun
creator Jordan Weisman with Harebrained Schemes has announced that
the studio has hit its $400,000 fundraising goal and is ready to give
the cyberpunk series the video game sequel it deserves.
the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to say THANK YOU to everyone who
has backed us so far,” wrote the studio in an update on its
Kickstarter page. “If we weren't working our butts off on our new
game, we'd be dancing around the Closet (our tiny office) with tears
of joy streaming down our faces. Instead, the team is heads-down at
their computers, sniffling loudly and wiping their eyes with their
Returns was announced earlier this week by Harebrained Schemes. It is
being developed by Weisman along with former FASA Corp. veterans, and is
described as an “old school” turn-based game inspired by the early 1990s video games and the RPG pen-and-paper campaigns upon which the series is based. Similar to its source material, Shadowrun Returns imagines future comprised of
cyberpunks, magic, and fantasy creatures. It will feature a
world governed by four different “realities” -- the physical,
digital, mystical, and astral – with character classes assigned to
each, including the Street Samurai, Hackers/Deckers, Shamans, and
Combat Mage, respectively.
time of print, the Kickstarter campaign is sitting at a smidge over
$550,000 in pledges with 22 days to go. Weisman plans to use any extra money to port the game to Mac
and include new gameplay features. The studio has also pledged to
contribute 5% of its proceeds from the finished product to the
development community as part of developer Brian Fargo's “Kick it
Forward” program, which he started during his own Kickstarter
project for Wasteland 2 (read: Wasteland 2 Kickstarter eclipses $1M in opening days).
we forget, an online-only FPS version of Shadowrun was released by
FASA Interactive in 2007, but fell short of expectations. Can
Weisman succeed where other have failed? We've got our fingers crossed. Let us
know what you want from the cyber-sequel in the comments below.
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