Shadowrun. First it was a very successful pen and paper RPG, then it was a video game, then it became a not-so-successful multiplayer shooter, and now…Well, now it’s trying to become something else.
Jordan Weisman, the creator of Shadowrun, launched a kickstarter earlier this year and raised $1.8 million for a new turn-based tactical RPG called “Shadowrun Returns” which will launch on tablets and PC’s. Now he’s launched another kickstarter for Shadowrun Online which will come from Austrian developer; Cliffhanger Productions who are working with Harebrained and Catalyst to create the Shadowrun Universe at www.shadowrun.com.
Shadowrun Returns is a single player game, with a focus on the adventure. Shadowrun Online, however, is about playing with friends in turn-based, tactical combat. If you’d like details on the kickstarter project, you can find them at http://www.kickstarter.com/
And now, a few words from the press release:
Cliffhanger Productions is taking its game to the community to fund, launching an ambitious Kickstarter campaign. This ensures that Shadowrun Online remains under the creative control of Cliffhanger, while offering the fans to participate like never before. “Our whole game concept has the fans at its heart,” said Jan Wagner, Managing Director of Cliffhanger Productions. “From our unique player driven plotline to connecting the community on the Shadowrun Universe website directly with the game, we want to bring games back where they belong: To the people who play them.”
Cliffhanger is teaming up with creative talent from Catalyst Game Labs and Hare Brained Schemes as well as previous Shadowrun authors, coordinating on story elements and pooling writing talent. That cooperation will lead to allowing players to directly affect the ongoing tabletop storyline through their game play of Shadowrun Online and also connect to the Shadowrun Returns plot! “I think coordination between the different Shadowrun products is important,” said Jason Hardy, Shadowrun Line Developer for the tabletop RPG. “I’ve been really pleased at how open the different parties have been to pooling cool ideas and coming up with ways to interweave plot lines to make the playing experience as awesome as possible.”
The online game will available for the browser on PC and Mac as well as Android Tablets and iPads, using the Unity3D engine to create high quality graphics and visual effects.
In Shadowrun Online players take on missions alone or together in the dystopian world of the 2070s, ranging from hustling a local Ork gang, to stealing valuable cargo from a ghoul-infested warehouse, through infiltrating a remote megacorp research lab to sabotage a top-secret project.
Players will meet and mingle in social hubs and (in)famous establishments, to form runner teams, and pick up missions. Runs will take place on beautifully detailed 3D maps, involving combat, stealth, and strategy.
Different characters will perceive the world differently, and be able to interact with different parts of the world, from tactical overlays to augmented reality or assensing the spirit world.
Now, I don’t know about you guys but I always loved the idea of Shadowrun. Man meets magic meets machine (and machine guns) in a dark and mystical future. I’ve played the pen and paper RPG and Shadowrun for the SNES got my nod as best console-exclusive game of all time so I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys can do.
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