Shadowrun Returns

A project in Seattle, WA by Harebrained Schemes LLC

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Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
Backers: 36276
Average Pledge Per Backer: $51

Funded: $1,836,447 of $400,000
Dates: Apr 4th -> Apr 29th (25 days)
Project By: Harebrained Schemes LLC
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Paradox Interactive to Acquire BattleTech, Shadowrun Developer Harebrained Schemes

June 5th - via:
The deal with see Paradox acquiring 100% of the shares of Harebrained Schemes for $7.5 million as well as a portion of the studio (Read More)

Harebrained Schemes: From Storage Space to Kickstarter Kings

January 1st - via:
We had a long chat with co-founder Mitch Gitelman about the studio that brought Shadowrun back to life and that plans to do the same for BattleTech. (Read More)

Seattle’s surprising Kickstarter bounce

May 24th - via:
SEATTLE, WA - Seattle punches way above its weight when it comes to Kickstarter campaigns, and that's been a big boost to that city's startup community. (Read More)

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November 28th - via:
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November 24th - via:
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Weekenders Sunday News 8/17

August 17th - via:
Welcome back Cliqateers! If you were here last week, you already know that this is our weekly brew of all the crowdfunding news fit to print, but for those of you who missed out last time around, welcome! Here, we’ll be concocting a delicious brew or information. The ingredients? The top news stories from all of the best games now on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo! So, without further ado, let’s get started! (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns gets a Director's Cut of its expansion this September

July 28th - via:
A standalone version of Shadowrun Returns expansion Dragonfall is set to launch this September, developer Harebrained Schemes confirms. (Read More)

Steam Sale? Pshaw. How About a Steam Giveaway?

June 25th - via:
It’s time for our next game giveaway, and this time we’re going a little crazy. See, we’re in the middle of some great sales from Steam and where gamers can get lots of games for very little money. So, why not have this week’s contest be equally dramatic? (Read More)

Review – Shadowrun Returns

February 7th - via:
I hate to be the guy. I really do. You know the one, you bring up a game franchise and he’s so enamored with it that he simply goes, “Ooooh, that game…” and gushes, but I have to be at least half of that guy here. The top half, or whichever half is most readily capable of going, “Ooooh, that game…”, because my “that game” is Shadowrun, and when I heard that Jordan Weisman’s new studio, Harebrained Schemes, was making a new Shadowrun game, I was hardly able to keep my excitement from exploding out of me like an alien. (Read More)

Shadowrun Expansion & Enhancements Arrive Feb 27th

January 28th - via:
Hairbrained Schemes announced today that they’ll be releasing the first expansion for their cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun Returns on February 27th. Shadowrun: Dragonfall will cost $14.99 to non-backers, but is free to those that backed Shadowrun at the appropriate level. Dragonfall takes place in an all new city, Berlin, a place where “…almost anything goes…” including the new ability to save anywhere. Rejoice! (Read More)

Dragonfall Trailer, Screenshots & Release Date

January 27th - via:
We are excited to announce that the first Shadowrun Returns expansion, Shadowrun: Dragonfall, will be released on February 27, 2014 at 10am PST. Tomorrow, we’ll release the official trailer and screenshots to the general public, but we want to... (Read More)

The Kickstarter Scoreboard

January 23rd - via:
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January 17th - via:
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$480 Million Was Pledged To Kickstarter In 2013

January 9th - via:
The numbers are in and the totals have been tallied and Kickstarter can add another impressive year to its resume. The online crowd-funding site let loose an informative and rather entertaining slide-sheet of stats and data related to their service, and all of that is to say that they managed to rack up $480 million in crowd-funding across the entire site. (Read More)

Kickstarter 2013: Broken records, broken hearts

December 31st - via:
Matt takes a look back at the year that was on Kickstarter: what got funded, what missed out, what was released, and what ran out of cash. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Version 1.1.1 Released - Includes French, Spanish and Italian!

December 18th - via:
Happy Holidays!  As we head toward the release of Shadowrun: Dragonfall at the end of January, we also continue to improve on, add features to, and fix bugs in Shadowrun Returns and the SR Editor.  Since our last update we’ve fixed lots of bugs... (Read More)

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December 18th - via:
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DRM-Free Shadowrun Returns Now Available To All!

December 10th - via:
HBS is happy to announce that as of today, Shadowrun Returns is now available for Windows and Mac on! And please let all your friends know they can purchase the game at the special release price of $11.99 through tomorrow, 12/11/2013.... (Read More)

How devs manage the energy of their crowdfunding communities

November 29th - via:
The video game industry owes a debt to Kickstarter. Without the crowdfunding platform, many independently created games may have never made it into development. But every success story has its own bumps in the road — although when it comes to the backer community, the tools with which to make it over these bumps aren't always available. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns expansion announced: Dragonfall arrives in January

November 21st - via:
Kickstarter success story Shadowrun Returns came out a few months ago to mixed, but mostly positive, reviews, and we immediately looked ahead to the delayed expansion, codenamed “Berlin.” Berlin has a new name and a confirmed release date: Shadowrun: Dragonfall will arrive in January. (Read More)


November 18th - via:
Hey All!  Tomorrow, we will announce the title of the new Berlin expansion, Shadowrun: Dragonfall. Along with all the details, we’ll also be unveiling the game’s logo and a cool new illustration to go with it. As our Backers, we wanted to share... (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Goes DRM-Free, Heading to

November 12th - via:
Read Shadowrun Returns Goes DRM-Free, Heading to and get the latest gaming news, reviews, walkthroughs and game mods at Game Front. (Read More)

DRM's End

November 11th - via:
Hey Everyone! We just want to send out a quick update to share some good news. Thanks to a new agreement we were able to negotiate with our partners at Microsoft, Harebrained Schemes is pleased to announce that we are now able to release fully... (Read More)

Linux Time!

October 30th - via:
We’re pleased to announced that the Linux version of Shadowrun Returns is now available on Steam and in the Download section of your HBS account (which you’ll find here). From this point on, Linux will receive updates at the same time as the... (Read More)

Over Budget, Behind Schedule: What's Up With Gaming's Biggest Kickstarters?

October 24th - via:
Games on Kickstarter raised millions of dollars in 2012, but where are the games? We catch up with the biggest crowdfunded games of the year. (Read More)

Patch 1.1 and Linux now in Beta!

October 15th - via:
Greetings! We thought we’d pop our heads up for just a bit and let you guys know about the latest developments for Shadowrun Returns. The big news today is about Patch 1.1, which has two major parts: early access to the code improvements that we... (Read More)

Final Hours of the Golem Arcana Kickstarter

October 13th - via:
 We are in the final 2 days of our Kickstarter for Golem Arcana and heading toward the finish line! The project is now 80% funded with about 40 hours to go! We’re very excited and hopeful that we can get there but we could use your help. We know... (Read More)

Miniature And Mobile Gaming Collide - Golem Arcana

October 3rd - via:
The creators of Shadowrun Returns are Kickstarting a game that combines classic tabletop miniature gaming with a digital video game interface app for your mobile device. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Review - A Kickstarter-Fueled Cyberpunk Classic

October 1st - via:
Shadowrun Returns [$9.99 (HD)] isn't a simple rehash of the 16-Bit console games that founded the universe it lives in. It's the same brand new adventure that was scripted and coded from the ground up for PC and Mac and it is, quite simply, a masterpiece. (Read More)

Kickstarter-funded RPG Shadowrun Returns Arrives on iPad and Android

September 26th - via:
Shadowrun Returns is a classic turn-based top-down RPG with a deep story, a ton of items, and serious character creation. After a year of waiting, this Kickstarter hit is on iPad and Android. (Read More)

Tablets Away!

September 25th - via:
Hey Everyone!  When Jordan created the original world of Shadowrun, he didn’t predict that people would one day interact with that world on touch-screen computers more powerful than the one that took us to the moon. It is extremely gratifying... (Read More)

Dev Diary – State of Berlin

September 12th - via:
Hi guys! Mike McCain here – I’m the art director for SRR, and I'm also heading up creative development of the Berlin campaign so I wanted to give everyone an update on where we’re at and where we’re going. Story: We’ve completed a first... (Read More)

Turning Mass Gamers on to Miniatures

September 12th - via:
Jordan Weisman should be looking at his next Kickstarter campaign with all the confidence of a competitive swimmer looking down a familiar pool. After all, he raised over four times what he asked for Shadowrun Returns, collecting about $1.8 from more than 36,000 backers. Talking to him last Friday on the eve of launch for his next one, Golem Arcana, at one point he sounded more like a kid staring down a murky pond on the first day of camp. (Read More)

BattleTech-Erfinder will Tabletop-Spiel mit digitalen Elementen erweitern

September 12th - via:
Nach dem erfolgreichen Abschluss des Shadowrun-Returns-Kickstarter-Projekts meldet sich Harebrained Schemes mit einer neuen Kampagne zurück. "Golem Arcana" soll ein Mix aus klassischem Tabletop-Spiel mit Figuren und Spielfläche sowie digitaler Technik werden. Ein Tablet oder Smartphone übernehmen dabei die Aufsicht über die Regeln. Dadurch soll man das Spiel beginnen können, ohne dicke Regelbücher zu wälzen oder sich mit Details wie zum Beispiel der Bestimmung von Sichtlinien zu beschäftigen. (Read More)

Golem Arcana has a vigorous start to its Kickstarter campaign

September 11th - via:
While we’re still waiting for Harebrained Schemes’ Shadowrun Returns to hit the iOS App Store and Android Play Store, the independent video game developer launched the crowdfunding campaign of its latest project, a hybrid between a tabletop and mobile game Golem Arcana that just hit Kickstarter yesterday (or today, if you’re in North/South America). And when we say “hit”, we really mean it, as the game already raised almost $90,000 of its $500,000 goal in less than 24 hours, with over 34 days to go. (Read More)

The Crowdfunder: Golem Arcana, Death Road to Canada, and Neverending Nightmares

September 10th - via:
Harebrained Schemes, the makers of Shadowrun Returns, have announced a truly ambitious Kickstarter — a big, holy-crap-maybe-they’re-crazy Kickstarter that embodies what that platform is all about. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Review (PC/Mac)

August 2nd - via:
Shadowrun returns from the depths of the 90s as a satisfying turn-based strategy game with great potential as a storytelling engine. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Review: Kickstarter Darling Mostly Delivers

August 1st - via:
Harebrained Schemes' Shadowrun Returns was one of the first big hits on Kickstarter, racking up over $1.8 million by promising a turn-based strategy RPG inspired by the pen-and-paper game. Shadowrun Returns delivers on that promise but you should keep your expectations in check. (Read More)

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July 24th - via:
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Shadowrun Returns Slated for July 25 Launch

July 21st - via:
After their successful Kickstarter project garnered $1,836,447 early last year, developer Jordan Weisman and the team at Hairbrained Schemes have finally revealed the launch date for their 2D tactical title Shadowrun Returns, now slated for release on July 25. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns: Popular Card Game Makes The Leap To iOS Next Week

July 20th - via:
Shadowrun Returns is soon to launch in the App Store. Heres a new trailer to help you get excited for the apps forthcoming release. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns studio planning second Kickstarter

July 18th - via:
Shadowrun Returns developer Harebrained Schemes won big on Kickstarter, amassing $1,836,447 in crowd-funding. Based on its positive experience the studio is planning on using Kickstarter again. (Read More)

Shadowrun dev plans a second Kickstarter

July 18th - via:
Harebrained Schemes is pleased with its crowdfunding experience (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Developer Planning for Second Kickstarter Campaign

July 17th - via:
Mitch Gitelman talks about the evolution of the crowd-funding platform. (Read More)

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Shadowrun Returns let’s play shows 30 minutes of gameplay

July 5th - via:
Shadowrun Returns has received the let’s play treatment online, and in the following alpha video from June, the player checks out some custom levels and talks about the game’s many mechanics. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns delayed to July, but will ship with editing tools

June 22nd - via:
Kickstarter-funded RPG Shadowrun Returns is going to be a little late. Originally slated for a June launch, it’s been pushed back to July 25 on Mac and PC, Harebrained Games has announced, with the Linux version to follow a little later. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns delayed — but its belated release will include editing tools

June 20th - via:
Sure Shadowrun is going to return, but it’s a bit tardy, like. While we originally reported a June-ish release date for the Kickstarter-approved tactical RPG, Harebrained Schemes have apparently since changed things a little, yesterday announcing a new release date of July 25. But hey—the latecomer its own party is at least bringing some extra party favors, in the form of game-editing tools. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Delayed

June 19th - via:
Develoment studio Harebrained Schemes announced that they won't be releasing their RPG Shadowrun Returns this month June, as originally planned. They have now officially changed the release window to July 25th. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Slips From The Shadows July 25

June 18th - via:
A shadowrun rarely goes exactly according to plan. Originally planned for release this month, Harebrained Schemes' Kickstarter-backed Shadowrun Returns is bringing its classic single-player isometric role-playing action to PC and tablets on July 25. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns pushed to July 25 release date, citing polish and bugfixing

June 18th - via:
Shadowrun Returns is a game with a lot of expectations. First, it has to meet the expectations of fans and Kickstarter backers donated money to the project with no promise of a return on investment. Second, they have to meet the expectations of the greater gaming community who sits wondering just how this Kickstarter development process will work out. Third, they have to meet Kickstarter's expectations, because if Shadowrun Returns fails it's Kickstarter who may face the biggest backlash. It's tough being one of the first big Kickstarter projects to approach launch. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns' non-Kickstarter reward DLC to require Steam, DRM

April 13th - via:
During last year's Kickstarter campaign for Shadownrun Returns, developer Harebrained Schemes was dutiful in noting that every pledge level included a DRM-free version of the game. While that technically remains true, Harebrained Schemes has recently announced a slight caveat: All post-Berlin Campaign DLC will have DRM, and will require Steam. It shakes out like this: Backers will receive both a DRM-free version and the Steam version of Shadowrun Returns (which does have DRM) when the game launches in June. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns out in June, receives the Steam treatment

April 13th - via:
Harebrained Schemes have posted a new Kickstarter update to better clarify some matters. For one thing, the DRM-free version of Shadowrun Returns is only available to Kickstarter backers. They get both the DRM-free and Steam versions, while anyone who buys the game after just gets a Steam copy. The DRM-free version also includes the editor and everything else promised in the Kickstarter. (Read More)

Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter Chat #5 - NowGamer

February 4th - via:
Shadowrun Returns is bringing back an old-school fan favourite with the help of Kickstarter, but just how hard has it been? (Read More)

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January 24th - via:
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January 9th - via:
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December 29th - via:
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December 28th - via:
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December 18th - via:
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