Shadowrun Returns launches tomorrow for PC and Mac

The long-awaited Kickstarter funded project, Shadowrun Returns takes players back to a world of cyberpunk darkness and will do so in just over 20 hours time.

The countdown is officially on through Steam and players can purchase the game for 10% off, getting it at just £13.49.

The last time we got a Shadowrun game experience was at the launch of Xbox 360. It wasn’t…um…well…it wasn’t great. And it certainly wasn’t anything like its 16 bit counterparts. Two very different games launched for SNES and Megadrive in the form of top-down RPGs and great games in the series have yet to be created since.

Thanks to the power of Kickstarter and almost a 1 million and a half in funding, however, the franchise is back and is looking mighty beautiful for it.

The game comes with Steam Workshop support in the form of the Shadowrun Returns Editor. Players will be able to create and share their own stories and campaigns with each, exploring the game’s campaign through the Editor directly. That way, users can borrow as much content as they like to start their own creations.

The game already has announced DLC and the following paid downloads will be available shortly after launch.

  • Berlin Campaign (new campaigns also allow you to build with an expanded set of tiles)

  • Map Packs (new terrain tiles and props for you to use in your own campaigns)

  • All New Shadowrun Stories (created by HBS)

  • Additional Outfits and Portraits for your character

A modding community isn’t being directly supported but the creators have stated that they won’t stand in the way of creators who wish to manipulate and change the game in dynamic new ways.

Still not convinced Shadowrun Returns is for you? Here’s the official description…

The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner – a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done… by any means necessary.

In the urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex, the search for a mysterious killer sets you on a trail that leads from the darkest slums to the city’s most powerful megacorps. You will need to tread carefully, enlist the aid of other runners, and master powerful forces of technology and magic in order to emerge from the shadows of Seattle unscathed.

The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun has gained a huge cult following since its creation nearly 25 years ago. Now, creator Jordan Weisman returns to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG.

Still not sure? Eh, have a trailer then pre-order the game here


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