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About Shadowrun Returns
Shadowrun Returns is an isometric tactical role-playing video game under development by Harebrained Schemes. Its universe is based on that of the Shadowrun tabletop role playing game. It was successfully funded via Kickstarter and will be available on PC, OSX in June 2013 and on various mobile platforms later. It is currently available for pre-order on Steam at $17.99 for the regular version and $31.49 for the deluxe version. The Deluxe version includes the soundtrack and a PDF book of stories written by series creator Jordan Weisman.

Shadowrun Races
The Shadowrun universe combines the traditional cyberpunk aesthetic with elements of magic and fantasy. A vast array of races populate the world, and players may customize their characters with nanotechnology and magic.
Partial list of Shadowrun races:

Previous games
In addition to the core tabletop game, Shadowrun has been envisioned as a video game several times. The games for the SNES and Sega Genesis were the most popular and well received. A unique Mega CD Shadowrun game was released exclusively in Japan, while the Xbox 360/Vista game of 2007 is a strange multiplayer only affair that was critically panned. A Kickstarter backer-exclusive Shadowrun Returns mission will tie together the events of the SNES and Genesis games.

Character Classes
Shadowrun Returns players can choose from a number of classes, though as they level up they may diversify their skills into other areas.
Class information:
  • Mage: Magic users with access to a variety of offensive and defensive spells.
  • Street Samurai: Weapons specialists that use guns and blades.
  • Decker: Hackers that can override security cameras and hijack defense systems.
  • Shaman: A magical class capable of summoning spirit creatures.
  • Rigger: A class based around heavy usage of drones.
  • Physical Adept: A magic based class that focuses on hand to hand combat.

Shadowrun is a complicated world, and most of its conflicts are based on political agendas or corporate espionage perpetuated by Megacorporations. Megacorporations are massive companies that maintain sovereign control of their lands and citizenship of their employees, regardless of the country in which they are located. They are immune to general law enforcement and are governed only by a committee consisting of the ten most powerful corporations, known as the Big Ten. Players in the table top game generally play as Shadowrunners, clandestine operatives hired by the corporations to perform some task.
Major corporations include:
  • Ares Macrotechnology
  • Aztechnology
  • Evo Corporation
  • Horizon
  • Mitsuhama Computer Technologies
  • Shiawase Corporation

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