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Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter surpasses $400k goal—Mac version coming, too

In case there was any doubt that they’ve reached their goal, Harebrained Schemes posted the above image.

That didn’t take long.

As expected, Harebrained Schemes’ Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter project has surpassed their $400k goal. At the time of this writing, they are at $449,822 in funding.

The studio, led by Jordan Weisman (who created the original Shadowrun pen & paper game), met their goal in just 28 hours, as is made apparent by the huge image they embedded on their Kickstarter campaign page.

They posted the following statement on their page:

From the bottom of our hearts, we’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has backed us so far. If we weren’t working our butts off on our new game, we’d be dancing around the Closet (our tiny office) with tears of joy streaming down our faces. Instead, the team is heads-down at their computers, sniffling loudly and wiping their eyes with their shirt-sleeves.
To everyone asking about a Mac version of the game, we’ve been saying that if we hit the $425,000 level, we’d add it. Linux support is definitely on the table too! (After all, who’d be a better Decker?)

Projects funded by fans are gaining major traction in the game industry. It also seems like a good way to somewhat test the market and estimate a level of interest before investing heavily in the development of a new game. This is especially the case for smaller-scale studios that don’t have the budget for larger-scale projects, such as Double Fine, InXile Entertainment, and Replay Games, all of which launched successful Kickstarter campaigns and far exceeded their goals within a few days.


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