Shadowrun Returns a Little Later Than Expected

Shadowrun Returns a Little Later Than Expected


A growing feature list means we'll have to wait awhile longer for Shadowrun Returns.

Bigger is better, right? But bigger also takes more work to pile in a corner and pound into shape. That's the situation at Harebrained Schemes, which confirmed today that Shadowrun Returns, which it successfully Kickstarted in April, is going to take longer to deliver than originally expected.

"As we announced a few months ago, we've backed off our original delivery date of January 2013. It might've worked for the scope of the game we originally envisioned but as our ambitions (read that 'features list') grew, so did the time we needed to deliver!" the studio said in the latest Kickstarter update. "Plus, we made a big move from our original top down camera to an isometric point of view and that took serious R&D time. Right now, according to our estimates, we're looking at May or June."

"We've spent the majority of our time getting our game engine, art pipeline and base gameplay up and running and we've covered a lot of ground to get a lot of systems in place," the update says. "Our engineering team has been crunching off and on for months to maximize the amount of time our designers will have to create our story."

I don't recall Harebrained mentioning anything about this prior to today and a quick Googling turned up nothing, but I can't say I'm too surprised by the news. Shadowrun Returns more than quadrupled its goal - the team asked for $400,000 and ended up with more than $1.8 million - so the scope of the project was bound to expand. Greater ambitions mean more development time, and that means you're going to have to wait a little while longer - but that's a fair trade for a bigger, better game, is it not?

Source: Kickstarter


This was posted on their Kickstarter around a week ago...

This was posted on their Kickstarter around a week ago...

Catching up after the holidays I'd imagine. The updated was posted Wednesday.

OT: I have absolutely no problem with this at all. I'll wait an extra year or more if it means a solid game experience.

Eh, I don't mind waiting an extra 6 months for a more awesome game. Keep it up dudes.

I can't wait for this game! I want it now AND bigger and better! But... I'll wait... I guess. Shadowrun on the Genesis was one of my fundamental games growing up. Others had Mario and Zelda, I had Fallout 1,2, and Shadowrun. So this has been a dream year for me between Wasteland2 and Shadowrun Returns, now if only the games could get released in 2013 I can say the same for next year.

On a related note am I the only person who thought the Shadowrun first person shooter wasn't half bad.

On a related note am I the only person who thought the Shadowrun first person shooter wasn't half bad.

I never played it, but I have a friend that only just recently stopped playing it >.>

I understand: converting to metric can be a real hassle.

May or June is good. January is mid term exam season. End of June basically means I got nothing to do for the next 2 months after that.

Social interaction be damned I'm playing Shadowrun son!

They did mention it on Kickstarter when it was running, but can't recall this second if it was in an update or in the comments areas.

Oooh is that a screenshot? Lookin good!

While I didn't back it, I'm pretty excited to see how this one develops. If it turns out good I'll definitely buy a copy.

On a related note am I the only person who thought the Shadowrun first person shooter wasn't half bad.

even the producer of that appologised for it in the shadowrun returns kickstarter video
may of been an ok FPS but it wasnt shadowrun which was the issue

on topic. 4 times the money they asked for and they are adding a whole extra city as well. saying its going to be big is an understatment. im really looking forward to it. been waiting decades for a decent shadowrun game.

you can expect alot of player created missions as well, they are planning to release the creator for players to use as well :D

Mmmmmm, I'll take it I guess. I mean, they basically took their original model and then rebuilt it from the ground up. If it was simply about adding content I would rather get the initial game first then content updates. But I'll take this I suppose... not like there aren't a million other games to play at the moment. And if it comes out in May or June, then it will be almost completely alone in it's release, which is good for us and them.


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