Jordan Weisman, the creator of the seminal dystopian cyperpunk RPG Shadowrun, has returned to his roots. With a team of grizzled veterans and young bloods, he plans to build the computer game (for mobile and PCs) that every Shadowrun fan has wanted to see since the critically acclaimed Shadowrun NES RPG released in the early 90s. In an effort to tap that very community, Jordanâ€™s new company for producing the game, Harebrained Schemes, has just announced a Kickstarter for “Shadowrun Returns“ to crowd source the development cost.
While Catalyst Game Labs is not directly connected to the development, Jordan is tapping Catalystâ€™s veteran writing stable from the table-top roleplaying game to ensure the best possible Shadowrun experience in the computer game.
â€œJordan is like a force of nature,â€ said Randall N. Bills, Managing Developer of Catalyst Game Labs. â€œI can go years without seeing much of him, then suddenly he storms back into view with a crazy-cool idea you just have to be apart of. I picked up the table-top Shadowrun RPG the day it released over 20 years ago. Itâ€™s been one of my favorite universes ever since and itâ€™s been an honor to be at the helm of publishing that RPG today under Catalyst. But to even dip my toe a little with Jordan on the development of a Shadowrun computer game is a whole other ball of pure awesome.â€
Catalyst Game Labs will publish Shadowrun 2050: A Twentieth Anniversary Alternate Setting sourcebook later this year. Based upon a growing community desire for such a book, itâ€™ll feature all the chromed-out attitude of the original setting, wrapped around the easiest-to-use-yet rules found in the Shadowrun Twentieth Anniversary Edition rulebook.
That original 2050s setting is also where Harebrained Schemesâ€™ Shadowrun Returns computer game will be set, creating the potential for cross-over plot hooks, story telling and more!
â€œItâ€™s been 20 years since I worked on the SNES game,â€ said Jordan Weisman, â€œand since then I have always wanted to make another deep-story Shadowrun computer RPG. We really have gotten the band back together to make this game and itâ€™s going to be a blast to work with all these great people again on a project that we are all so passionate about. Shadowrun has always had a loyal following and hopefully the game we want to make is one they want to play so that they will help us make it.â€
Excited about a Shadowrun PC and mobile computer game? Check out the Kickstarter and how you can help make it happen!
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Harebrained Schemes is a small group of wildly talented people, crammed into a closet, making whatever cool thing inspires us next. Lead by serial entrepreneur Jordan Weisman; founder of FASA, Virtual World Entertainment, FASA Interactive, Wizkids, 42 Entertainment, Smith & Tinker, and creator of BattleTech / MechWarrior, Shadowrun, and Crimson Skies, the Harebrained team is a combination of seasoned veterans and fresh talent. Harebrained Schemes first game, called Crimson Steam Pirates, was published by Bungie Aerospace last year and remains one of Apples benchmark games for iOS. Find Harebrained Schemes online at www.harebrained-schemes.com