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Shadowrun Returns: Another Kickstarter Success Story

Well that didn’t take long. Harebrained Schemes asked for loot to fund a Shadowrun game and loot it received — to the tune of $1,895,772. 

Well alrighty then.

Here’s the brief description:

Jordan Weisman, the creator of Shadowrun, is back. A rich 2D turn-based single player game with deep story interaction, meaningful character development, and highly-contextual tactical combat, Shadowrun Returns is not only going to make some old geeks (like us) very happy but it will introduce new players to a dynamic gaming universe that is beloved around the world.

Hey look, I loved Shadowrun back in the day. The RPG was ahead of its time and I’m sorry for the strikethroughs for an indie Kickstarter project but no free rides!

A forum is now available on if you want to talk about the new project. Now that it’s funded, let’s hope Harebrained Schemes can parlay that into a good game. The ball, and the loot, is in its court.

I’ll be keeping an eye on its progress.

Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

5 thoughts on “Shadowrun Returns: Another Kickstarter Success Story

  1. so am I the only one amazed at the fact that people are ponying up cash for a project without any guarantee of success, or asking for an ownership share in return? These projects continue to amaze me. How long until someone absconds with the money and doesn’t deliver a project? The money doesn’t go into an escrow account, right?

  2. Yes to all those risks. I was reading an article about the risks to Kickstarter and how we’re probably only 4-5 months away from a big scandal because it is very possible to just take the money and skip town.

    That being said ownership share wouldn’t help with any of that and would just make things even more legally muddled. At the end of the day, someone is pitching something to you, and you as a consumer have to make a decision about whether you believe them or not.

    At the very leaste, this company is established (they built Crimson Steampirates on iOS through bungie’s mobile publisher) so that’s why I decided it was worth backing.

  3. “so am I the only one amazed at the fact that people are ponying up cash for a project without any guarantee of success, or asking for an ownership share in return”

    Ownership? Heck, I’m just in it for the feelies!

    There’s always risk involved in pre-ordering a game. Just ask anyone who pre-ordered Duke Nukem: Forever from Game Stop back in 2001.

  4. Not to bump an old, uh, news story, but word is out that customers who pre-ordered Diablo 3 from GAME are neither getting a copy, nor a refund. Two major, well-established companies, and yet there’s no guarantee. Something tells me I’ll have a lot more luck with the relatively unknown guys at Harebrained. 😀

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