While I wouldn’t declare it common knowledge, it’s a pretty well known fact amongst my friends that I’m a huge fan of pen and paper roleplaying games.
Some of you may remember the last attempt at a Shadowrun video game — an FPS for the 360 and Vista. Let’s just say it didn’t exactly sit well with fans due to the amount of liberty taken with the lore. But that’s also what can be expected when an IP changes hands or is licensed out multiple times.
Now, Jordan Weisman — the creator of the original pen and paper game — has licensed the game for his new company Harebrained Schemes, and they are working on a new game for the PC and tablet.
This game is intended to take Shadowrun back to it’s roots lore-wise and is described on their Kickstarter page as “A graphically rich 2D turn-based single player game with deep story interaction, meaningful character development and highly-contextual tactical combat.”
Shadowrun Returns also promises for unique experiences based on what character class is chosen. For example: If someone is using a combat mage, they are going to see the “mystical” reality of the world as auras that help them locate magic — whether it be items or spells.
The game will require players to use information from all four “realities” in order to complete missions.
The initial amount Hairbrained Schemes was asking for in order to make the game was $400,000. It took Shadowrun fans 28 hours to exceed that.
Since then, the team has already added features to be included such as a 5th player class, the rigger. With the new class comes new gameplay specific to their abilities.
The company has also guaranteed a Mac version of the game and additional languages.
If, they reach $1 million in pledges, then Hairbraned Schemes will add a second city to be chosen by the backers.
Are you excited for some more Shadowrun?