Harebrained Schemes has launched a new Kickstarter for a full length, standalone addition to the Shadowrun series. Shadowrun: Hong Kong currently has under 9,000 backers already behind it, and its $100,000 original target goal has been surpassed threefold with over £340,000. While the developer has self-funded the tactical cRPG, Harebrained Schemes wants backers to help develop their PC title beyond just pledging money.
With the Kickstarter for Shadowrun: Hong Kong , the developer is asking those who back the game to become co-funding partners with it. The funding stream from two sources (Kickstarter and Harebrained Schemes) can help to add more to the game, with the aim of making it much better.
So far, the developer has reached five of its funding goals, with its sixth one well on its way. With backer help, Harebrained Schemes is hoping to achieve all 12 of its stretch goals, which include side missions for the game’s new characters and enhanced player controls to name a few.
Shadowrun: Hong Kong is slated to release exclusively on the PC (Windows, Mac and Linux), with DRM-free versions of the game available via GPG and Humble. It’s expected that the game will release around the middle of this year, at a similar price of Harebrained Schemes previous games.
According to the studio’s co-founder and executive producer of Shadowrun , Mitch Gitelman, Harebrained Schemes will be supporting the first 12 hours of gameplay with its own funds. which he touts will be of the same quality as Shadowrun: Dragonfall .
“But we have plenty of ideas for features and runs that didn’t fit into our budget,” Gitelman said . “We love Kickstarter and we think there’s no better co-funding partner than our fans to help us take our game to the next level.”
Harebrained Schemes is excited to be working on a new game set in Hong Kong, according to the developer’s creator of the Shadowrun world Jordan Weisman. “Every time we release a new Shadowrun campaign, we set out to improve on the art, the gameplay and, especially, the storytelling.”
[ Sources: Press release / Kickstarter ]