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Shadowrun Returns to Hong Kong

January 14th, 2015 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

HBSHKBack in 2012 a small studio took on a very difficult task, bringing the sci-fi/fantasy world of the Shadowrun RPG  into the electronic gaming world.


A task, it has to be said, made all the harder following the 2007 release of a console and P.C. title that, lets say failed to hit the mark, as the accurate description would get me a stern talking to from our beloved editor.

It was a roaring success, it’s kickstarter raised over $1,200,000 more than they asked for and the game has been in many gamers top ten since. the superb expansion Dragonfall (which has now got a stand alone directors cut) cemented it’s place in the regular playlists  of many gamers.

For those who aren’t familiar with the setting here’s a quick summary

“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 

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.”

If that sounds like your kind of thing you can get a more in depth look at the game here


The games success may not seem quite as surprising when you realise Harebrained Schemes, the small studio in question, is led by Jordan Weisman, the creator of BattleTech, MageKnight, HeroClix, Shadowrun, Crimson Skies, MechWarrior, to name but a few of his successes Jordan pioneered plastic miniatures at Wizkids and led the development of electronics hardware at Virtual World and Smith & Tinker Inc.

Now they have come back to Kickstarter and in less than a day, they have already got three times the amount of funding they were asking for their next big project Shadowrun: Hong Kong.

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