The Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter has ended with more than $1.8 million in funding.
Back in early April, FASA mastermind Jordan Weisman [not Mechner] took to Kickstarter with his plan to bring Shadowrun back to life as a "2D, turn-based, single player" videogame. The franchise has previously been translated into videogames with some less-than-spectacular results, most notably [for all the wrong reasons] the 2007 train wreck released on the Xbox 360 and PC, but now Weisman, who wasn't involved in that project, wants a shot at doing it his way. As it turns out, the internet is very happy to give it to him.
Shadowrun Returns brought in $1,836,477 on Kickstarter, a far cry from the $3 million mark set by Double Fine Adventure and Wasteland 2 but still a hell of a pile of money and well over the $400,000 goal. With PayPal donations added to the mix, the total rises to $1,895,772, enough money to create Mac, Linux and tablet editions of the game to go along with the PC release.
The action now shifts to the new site at Shadowrun.com, where Weisman invited backers to "continue the conversation" about the future of the game. The site will follow the development of Shadowrun Returns and also has information about the tabletop RPG and the browser-based Shadowrun Online, which was announced last year. Shadowrun Returns is currently, and presumably very tentatively, scheduled for "delivery" in early 2013.