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by , 04-26-2012 at 09:26 AM (741 Views)
Have you ever heard of Shadowrun?
Click through for the wikipedia article, but in brief, Shadowrun is a near-future universe where magic, cybernetics, and general chaos coexist. Think elves with ocular implants. Street samurai with implants that let them spit cobra venom at enemies. Oh, and dragons. Of course there'd be dragons.

The setting has been around for a while, but now it's back, and in a massive way. Jordan Weisman, the man who created Shadowrun, has gotten the IP rights back, and has set out to make another Shadowrun computer game.

This is where you come in.
Shadowrun Returns is the Kickstarter project Jordan has started almost a month ago. With 65 hours left to go, the project has been funded at 382%, or 1.529 *million* dollars. Since the original target has been hit, the team has been adding stretch goals. We're now up to having the game be released on PC, Mac, and Linux. The composer who did the original music for the SNES version of the game is being brought back onboard to do the music for this one. There will be two cities for the game to take place instead of just one. Oh, and they'll be releasing a level editor for people who want to create their own scenarios.

A dollar lets you support the project, but a mere $15 buys you a copy of the game, with the target release date of January 2013.

So, what are you waiting for?

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  1. DeF's Avatar
    It's good to see projects like this getting attention. Although Shadowrun isn't my cup of tea at over $1 million the end product should be a knockout. As a 2D game this has amazing potential with that kind of money. However this reminded me to take a look at Kickstarter for those other gem projects waiting for my extra cash. Although I didn't back Shadowrun just off this post alone I found two other projects I really liked and wanted to see; Starlight Inception™ and The Dead Linger. On top of those I have also backed TAKEDOWN albeit with some doubts but I really want to see it happen.

    I really hope that these niche projects turn out as well as we all hope because something like this would revolutionize the way game development works. No more mass market development schemes just simple honest to goodness true gaming nirvana.
    Updated 04-27-2012 at 01:41 PM by DeF
  2. Arithea's Avatar
    I also like the idea of crowdsourced game funding. And I like Shadowrun. We're in!
  3. Cheburash's Avatar
    Well, the Shadowrun kickstarter ended at just below $2 million. I was impressed until I saw the Pebble e-paper watch kickstarter: With 18 days to go, it's at over *seven million* of a $100,000 funding goal.

    I should really stay away from Kickstarter for a while. Between the Schlock Mercenary boardgame, the Shadowrun computer game, the three or four novels we'd pitched in on... It's getting as expensive as Woot or Groupon!


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