Kirkland, WA (PRWEB) September 26, 2013
Harebrained Schemes' hit Steam game and Kickstarter sensation, Shadowrun Returns, is now available for iOS and Android tablets. With decades’ worth of fans, the cyberpunk-meets-magic setting of Shadowrun Returns is a modernized version of the classic console RPGs of the 90s featuring a vibrant, hand-painted environment and a rich, engaging story.
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 dry. The player takes the role of 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. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, shadowrunners get it done... by any means necessary.
In the urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex, the search for a mysterious killer sets the player on a trail that leads from the darkest slums to the city’s most powerful megacorps. Players will need to tread carefully, enlist the aid of other runners, and master powerful forces of technology and magic in order to emerge from the shadows of Seattle unscathed.
"When I created the original Shadowrun back in the 1980s, I knew I was creating a sci-fi fantasy but I never dreamed that people would one day be playing it on touch-devices more powerful than the computers on which we built the original game," said Jordan Weisman, founder of Harebrained Schemes and creator of the original Shadowrun. "It is extremely exciting that the enthusiasm for this game setting has stood the test of time and that we are now able to deliver it on mobile devices to a new generation of gamers."
As its many decades of fans know, Shadowrun is a "shared universe" that began as a 1980's tabletop RPG, in which players were encouraged to tell their own stories. The venerable game setting has endured and evolved for 25 years with hundreds of designers, authors, artists, engineers, and gamers contributing to its rich, layered setting. The Shadowrun tabletop game is still thriving today, and its Fifth Edition is available from Catalyst Game Labs.
Harebrained Schemes Harebrained Schemes is a small team of passionate game developers led by Jordan Weisman, the creator of Shadowrun, Crimson Skies, BattleTech, MechWarrior, and many other acclaimed properties. Founded in 2011, the Seattle-based studio is centered on collaboration between seasoned veterans and fresh talent. Their first title, Crimson: Steam Pirates, was one of Apple’s Benchmark Games of 2011 and one of Metacritic.com’s "Best iPhone Games of 2011." Their next title, Strikefleet Omega, was named one of Google Play’s "Best Games of 2012." In April 2012, Harebrained Schemes made headlines when it launched one of the first 7-figure Kickstarter campaigns to fund Shadowrun Returns, which now appears on five “Most Anticipated Games of 2013” lists.