Hi everybody,

Jordan here with our last update before Shadowrun Returns gets into your hands. (Wow, I can’t believe I just typed that!)

I want to take a moment to personally thank you again for all your support over the last year or so. It’s been so great hearing from you on the forums, meeting you in person at cons, and eating the bagels and pizza you sent us. It’s definitely an experience I’ll never forget!

I also want to publicly thank the team at Harebrained Schemes for all their incredibly hard work over the past year. What a great group of people! They’re passionate about making games, about working in a highly-collaborative, high-energy environment, and about makingShadowrun Returns. They’ve really risen to the challenge and it’s been a pleasure going on this adventure with them.

On behalf of the team, I sincerely hope you enjoy Shadowrun Returns. It’s been a labor of love and represents one of the greatest collaborations of my career. Thanks again for the opportunity.

So what’s next? Well, work on the Berlin campaign has already begun. And Linux, of course! And localization!

But that’s not all…

Below, you’ll see the first piece of concept art and a little video that tells you about our next Harebrained Scheme, Golem Arcana, which will launch on Kickstarter in August.

While it was tempting to start another tactical RPG project similar to Shadowrun Returns, we really believe in the potential that Kickstarter holds for launching new game worlds and experiences. I had this idea brewing in the back of my head for awhile and we decided that now was the right time to launch a new Harebrained Scheme.

So, the core Shadowrun team will continue to focus on Shadowrun Returns, while a small part of the studio branches off in this bold new direction. I’m really excited about our new game world and I hope you will be, too. Take a look below.

Have fun tomorrow, chummers!

Jordan and HBS


“The Foundry” by acclaimed Destiny and Guild Wars concept artist, Kekai Kotaki

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92 Responses to “SHADOWRUN RETURNS!”

  1. Rich
    July 24, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Any news on whether the mobile versions will release tomorrow? Very excited…

    • Bryce Guyle
      July 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      I too am wondering this, I thought it would release at the same time as the desktop versions but now am hearing that it is delayed for a few weeks. Though I am willing to wait it would be nice to sink back in to Seattle sooner, it has been much too long chummers.

      • Mortuest
        July 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

        Also, will the ‘mobile’ version be available for WP and Surface, or is this going to be targeted towards iPad/Android?

        • RafaelLVX
          August 1, 2013 at 7:08 am #

          I think I already read that it’s Android and iOS tablets only, though release details are a secret to everyone I think. If you have a Windows tablet with full-fledged Windows (not Windows RT), installing the Windows version of the game should work .

  2. Chris
    July 24, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Hey there! I am very excited about Shadowrun returns! As i guess everyone is. I kinda want to ask you a question about helping you on the berlin campaign: as it happens i live in berlin and would be able to photograph locations. If you’re interested just write a mail 😉

    Sincerely a backer :)

  3. Jason Goertzen
    July 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    The new game looks fascinating! I’ll definitely be supporting this.

  4. Necromig
    July 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Thank you all for your passion and hard work.

    See you in the shadows.


    • Glorthoron
      July 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      If I do it right, no you won’t. 😉

  5. HPLovecraft
    July 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    What time will y’all throw the switch?

  6. Jason Alan McLain
    July 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    You guys are awesome. We appreciate all of the hard work, creativity, and love you’ve put into the game. It’s teams and games like this that keep innovation and the fun in games that we grew up enjoying in the industry. Thank you.

  7. Cleremond
    July 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    So cool! Yay! To Jordan, Mitch, and the whole team….thanks so much for doing this. Thanks for all the effort. Can’t wait to create my character, “Heist”, my Decker/Physical Security Prime Runner and finally run the shadows of the Seattle Sprawl. Whoohoo!!

  8. JohnN
    July 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Congrats! And get that ipad version ready, can’t wait…

  9. Paul
    July 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Thank you so much guys, i cannot wait to activate my steam key. I wish you all the best for the release of the game and all your future efforts with this and your other releases.

  10. Doug
    July 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    It unlocks on Steam at 1300 EST.

  11. Tzudro
    July 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Thanks to everyone who made this possible. I am also excited at the prospect of Golem Arcana. It looks very interesting. I’ll definitely be kickstarting that one. Best of fortunes!

  12. mattness
    July 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    Here’s HBS trailer to SRR with polish subtitles:

  13. ryan
    July 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    That game that is spoiled at the bottom looks a whole like the greatest board game of all time…dreamblade.

    If this is a dreambladeish game I am going to freak the fuck out.

  14. CrippleTom
    July 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Is this thing gonna ship out anytime soon?

  15. EvaUnit02
    July 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Golem Arcana looks like a true innovation for tabletop gaming. I wish Jordan and all of Harebrained the best of luck with it.

    I’ll be sitting this Kickstarter out, tabletop gaming isn’t my thing.

  16. Kirill
    July 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Thank you for Shadowrun Returns! Very good idea to Golem Arcana, really looking forward to the news.

  17. Revoluce
    July 25, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Hello, I am really confused about iPad version? It wont be released today?

  18. DoctorWest
    July 25, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Quick last minute question for the devs (or anyone else who knows). You mention you’re getting straight to work on localization in this post, but what languages are you looking at? Sorry if this has already been mentioned somewhere and I missed it. I’ve got a few chummers who would be thrilled to hear it if a Japanese release is in the works.

  19. Birdskull
    July 25, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Exactly WHEN will it be released today? Because it’s 10 am here, and I’m a bit hung over sitting in my boxers wanting to play me some SR.

    • JustMe
      July 25, 2013 at 2:13 am #

      Thats exactly what i wanted to ask, because in germany its already 11am and Steam still sais “Shadowrun Returns will be available soon” :(

  20. Jeroen
    July 25, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Thanks to the whole team for the effort you put in this. A tactical Shadowrun set game has long been on the hopes list of many. Glad to have backed you, and glad to back your next adventure.

    Birskull and JustMe, I think they’re using Pacific Time, launch time at 10.

  21. Tseebra
    July 25, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    Polygon review states that there is no manual save. I hope sincerely you will implement it lest you subdue all the potential experimentation in the game.

  22. Sphyx
    July 25, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    “Gollum Arcana” !

    — Sounds interesting. Tabletop 2.5

    Only a view hours, until the release of “Shadowrun Returns”!

    I’m strung to breaking point.
    But a little bit unsure, which character class to choose for my first run in the World of HBS’ “Shadowrun Returns”.

    • DoctorWest
      July 25, 2013 at 3:12 am #

      I’m in the same boat as you. I usually play the decker in tabletop games, but I’ve been uncertain since hearing Matrix runs are going to be a very infrequent thing.

      Don’t get me wrong, I understand why they had to do it that way. I’m just concerned a decker as your main PC might not be practical as a result. ._.

  23. Dmitry
    July 25, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    Please, add Rusian localization.

  24. loading
    July 25, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    Hi there. It might be an obvious question, and maybe you answered it some time ago in some interview: is there an iphone version in the works ?
    and what if i buy it for ipad, and then force it to iphone via a little .plist tweaking ? might work since a bunch of games did that

  25. Wizfall
    July 25, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    Too bad that Gollum Arcana is not my thing (i dislike the concept).
    I was expecting something else ( a scifi or space opera or steampunk cRPG)
    So it’s a deception for me.
    However i wish you good luck with the kickstater.
    I hope that if the kickstarter is not a successful as you though, you don’t think it’s the fault of creating a new IP rather the concept.

  26. dsaf
    July 25, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    7:37 EST – Still not on Steam. When?

  27. John
    July 25, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Looking forward to this.

    But i dont understand the lack of info about the ipad version?
    Do you not know when it will be released?
    Is it due soon, next month, or november?

    what will it cost?

    Why no information?

  28. DancesWithWinos
    July 25, 2013 at 4:56 am #

    6:53 AM Central time — Punched my key in but still Unable to download — Steam says ” Shadowrun is coming soon “. What’s this drek all about?

  29. Lokalpatriot
    July 25, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    You better hurry up with that linux version – I will throw money at you, once the linux version is released! 😉

  30. obie
    July 25, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Any plans to support touch enabled win 8 devices like the surface pro?

  31. Anon
    July 25, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    08:27 CST and still can’t download… Why’s that?

  32. Vizeroy
    July 25, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Steam says, the game will be released in about 3.5 hours – that would be 7PM in Germany.
    I’m a bit disappointed about this.
    For us, the 25th is nearly over and Still no SRR.
    In addition, it’s summer holiday season here.
    So more potential for fuming gamers.

  33. Settle D Everyone
    July 25, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Steam has a timer letting you know when you can expect to download Shadowrun Returns. Go there and torture yourself by staring at the timer as the seconds go by.

    At 8:30 AM CST it says “This game will unlock in approximately 4 hours”. So go find something to do while you have the chance, before this game completely takes over your life once it’s released.

    Never, ever deal with a Dragon

  34. simonsan
    July 25, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Guys – as per Steam, release is 10AM PST (Pacific Standard Time). Is it really that hard to figure out what time this will be in your time zone? come on…

  35. Lemessie
    July 25, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    And for iphone ?

  36. MrPendent
    July 25, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    I am very excited this is out. I really look forward to playing. I bought this on Steam about 2 months ago and was bummed when the release was delayed, but I’m ready for it now.

    I’ll see you in the shadows chummers. But you won’t see me….

  37. Mennok
    July 25, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Only 30 minutes to go. I can’t barely wait any more. Let’s hope steam does not get bogged down when everybody tries to download the game.

  38. ha
    July 25, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    hurray !

    downloading now …on 16%

  39. Kenneth G
    July 25, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    OMG the games not here yet WTF LOL FBI COD BBQ!… heh

    Seriously, we’ve waited almost a quarter-century, a few more hours isn’t gonna kill us. I’m should I’ll get it through Steam in good time.

    As to Golem Arcana, if it works as advertised, the game is going to be a blast. However, please please PLEASE don’t add a collectible element.

  40. Kaelyn
    July 25, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I was sooo excited for the release of Shadowrun Returns! Alas there was no launch-day support for Linux, and kittens all over the worlds started choking on the shredded wings of fairies… ;_;

    Please release the Linux version soon for all your loyal fans and KS backers! And please, please, PLEASE keep us informed on the progress and estimated release date of the Linux version.

  41. Sven
    July 25, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Just starting up the game, this is such a great moment. I spent my teens reading the books, played the old games and now I get to dive back in. Fantastic. This was also my first Kickstarter and you guys knocked it out of the park!!! Thanks for being awesome!

  42. Mac Reiter
    July 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    OK, so I’m trying to be patient, but it’s about 3:30 in the afternoon, and I’ve still not heard any word. Then I read someone else posting “Just starting up the game”, and to be honest that kind of annoys me.

    I know that the DRM-free version has ended up being kind of a red-headed stepchild (no offense to gingers, really — it’s an old idiom that I thought might be slightly nicer than using the b-word), with DLC limitations and no future for community content. But could you at least let me have my game at roughly the same time as everybody else?

    • Mac Reiter
      July 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Gah. OK, so I’m an idiot. I was expecting some kind of refresher “come and get it” email, instead of having to go back to an email from 7-15 that contained the download link… My bad.

  43. Another Idiot
    July 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    That’s okay, I think many if not most of us were waiting for that email, too!

  44. Balzaimon
    July 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Congratulations and thank you for getting this awesome game into our hands! Woot!

  45. Diglet
    July 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Where the fuck is my iPad version?

    • Another Idiot
      July 26, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      When it’s fucking ready.

  46. Special K
    July 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    So what do we do with the Shadowrun Returns Special Backer Reward Code (SRR Reward Code)? I’ve got my stuff downloaded off the downloads page, and from Steam, but I’m not sure what to do with this.

  47. Ryan
    July 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Just played my first half hour and it’s AMAZING. The polish and the art are fucking gorgeous. Thanks for this guys, thanks.

  48. Jessie Cook
    July 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Game is awesome so far. I just have to run it at a lower than native Res to have a readable font size but maybe a modded will add a large fonts option like with the first dragon age.

  49. Judah Low
    July 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    The German fans are desperately waiting for a German version of this game. How long do we have to wait?

  50. jk
    July 26, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    Well done! Kudos on a great game.

  51. Lediath
    July 26, 2013 at 4:50 am #


    Awesome game so far, the asthetic is spot on, the story is tight and tense, and the characters are interesting. Gameplay is a bit simplistic in the beginning and the lack of a true save function is very puzzling. Please plan to address these issues, but overall GREAT JOB ON THE RELEASE! and I look forward to more Shadowrun Returns in the future.

    please do not feed the JA troll…
    he is spreading misinformation all over the place…

  52. Mason
    July 26, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for making the best Shadowrun game to date. And considering how cool the SNES game was, that’s no small praise. I wasn’t overly troubled by slight quibbles like the save system, and overall the game managed to meet or exceed my expectations at every turn. As for complaints like the lack of a loot system, I have to say that that’s not what Shadowrun is about, and you made the right choices as far as development priorities. Thanks for leaving us a class-less option in character creation, so we can make our characters from scratch like true Shadowrunners. I’ll have to add Shadowrun Returns to my list of beloved classic tactical RPGs, right next to Fallout and Jagged Alliance. Future community content can only add value to this already-great game.

  53. Chris
    July 26, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    You got any infos about a possible multiplayer mode? Would be great if there would be one!!

  54. John
    July 26, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I just wanted to thank you all at Harebrained Schemes for making a fantastic game. I picked up the pen and paper version when it first came out, and it’s by far my favorite RPG of all time. Shadowrun Returns is everything I was hoping it would be. Thanks again for all your hard work!

  55. Jake
    July 26, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Really looking forward to playing this but I’m not seeing anything about the iOS release. I thought that it was announced for release across all platforms on July 25; when can we expect it?

  56. Swiftlongfellow
    July 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I bought an IPad ( two actually ) for my wife and kids a year ago and found a wealth of classic games reborn. I was instantly in love. I began searching endlessly for my favorite childhood game. When I heard about Shadowrun , it’s was a dream come true . I’d never even HEARD of kick starter but you can bet your ass if I see any games of interest they’re getting my backing !

    I am eagerly anticipating the release of this on IOS and would love to know a release date.

    Thank you for your time , effort, and dedication in make this wonderful title become a reality .

    Sincerely ,


  57. Matt
    July 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m excited for the release, but I have one problem: my rewards code won’t work. On top of that problem, the interface does not allow me to copy-paste, so I have to input it manually (super tedious) AND the interface does not scroll so I cannot see whether I am typing it correctly. I’ve tried 5 times now and no luck. Help would be greatly appreciated.



  58. Adam V
    July 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    @Matt – I have the same problem. The interface won’t let me paste my reward code into the box.

    I’m running on OSX, if that makes a difference.

  59. Adam V
    July 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Someone found the answer to my issue – on a Mac, you normally hit Command-V to paste. In SR, use Control-V and it will paste.

  60. Drew Bannister
    July 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Thank you HBS for a successful run with SRR! You made it worth the wait! Great job guys and thanks again!

  61. Dunkare
    July 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    its a nice story with a little tactical combat game attached. thats ok, the story is entertaining. but the interface, the controls and the save system are horrible. it feels like harebrained never even tried to make a game for pc, its all very much designed for tablets. the game needs at least a proper save system and customizable keyboard and mouse shortcuts for everything. i beg you to forget about the dlc until these problems are fixed. and i assure you, you wont get any more money for anything from me until they are..

  62. Jordan S. Thomas
    July 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Here’s what I’d do to improve on the game:

    1) Allow for manual saving.
    2) Make crits not as able to decide battles singlehandedly.
    3) Allow for more noncombat options if possible.

    It’s interesting for sure, but in my opinion this would make it amazing.

  63. bobyone54000
    July 27, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    bonjour, pensez vous à sortir une version française du jeu? merci dans tout les cas, pour le magnifique travail que vous avez fait!

  64. mercy
    July 27, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Please add LARGE FONT SIZE option.

    Thank You.

  65. Garreth
    July 27, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Rrrealy looking forward to finally see android release. How long do we have to wait for it?

  66. Michael
    July 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    2 Things need to be done! A “save at anytime option”, and
    “numerous keyboard shortcuts”. You could also add in
    a move stash to inventory items option as well. THX!

  67. bahamut Dragons
    July 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    I agree with the saving thing as well, but beyond that, are you guys going to optimize the engine? Seriously, why does it take so long to load the assets, and then optimizing the assets? It’s a great looking game, but surely there’s a better way to do this than the way you currently are.

  68. Hawker
    July 28, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    Loving this game so far and cant wait to get home to play more but I have horrible frame rate lag. I’m on a Mac with better specs than required. Is anyone else experiencing this?

  69. Malfk
    July 28, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    When will the DRM-free 1.0.1 version be released? Last mission is bugged for me.

  70. Spike Murphy
    July 28, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I’m longtime shadowrun fan, both tabletop and videogame; in fact it was the genesis game that got me into tabletop rpg’s in the first place. While I enjoyed many aspects of SRR, overall I found it disappointing due to the very short length of the campaign (I am boggled by those who claim to have gotten 15+ hours out of the game since I completed the game in far less time while pursuing every sidequest available), the relative simplicity of the equipment/cyberware system, and the lack of any kind of open world. In the genesis version, one of the most innovative features was the random runs that could be generated by any Mr. Johnson, which gave you a reason to explore the world and see all the different aspects of the awakened world, and it was sorely missing in SRR. I still go back and play the genesis version every couple years, and I feel that one has more replayability and depth than SRR. While i look forward to the Berlin Campaign and UGC, that doesn’t excuse a lackluster and all too short main campaign for the game. Good UGC is going to take a long time to come about, as everyone saw with games like Nwn, and at least when NWN came out it had a beefy, engrossing campaign that showcased the engine and had a lot of freedom and replayability. I hope that in light of these critiques, which I know I am not alone in making, that we see updates to the game that better reflect the legacy of shadowrun and the expectations you created when you said you were going to update those games with SRR, which currently reminds me more of the 4th “update” to D&D than the Pathfinder update to the D&D legacy.

  71. JDegan
    July 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    I would love to collaborate with fellow players to create our own stories. Any way we can set up a forum to allow would-be story tellers / environment designers to collaborate ideas?

  72. Ironswimsuit
    July 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Great! Great game guys! Now, where’s the save function?

  73. Russia man
    July 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Many people in Russia are waiting for your shadowrun mobile release. Will mobile release be? If yes – when?

  74. Aftermath
    July 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    Just beat the dead mans switch. Great job thank you so much. The story is great, characters are well written as well. The game play was smooth and easy to figure out. Overall the game felt nostalgic and fresh all at the same time. Cant wait to see what other if any campaigns/dlc you have planned I will be happy to purchase and ecstatic to play them. On a side note the music was very atmospheric and helped pull me in so well. When I could hear some of the Snes game ost Mixed in the stuff it gave me goosebumps.

  75. realquick
    July 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi, I have noticed other comments of people asking about the mobile version. that’s what I read the entire thread here to find out about and I find it odd that with all of the people asking about it there hasnt been any sort of answer or explanation offered as to when we can expect a tablet version to come out, our even if there is still a tablet version coming out. quit being douchebaggy and let us know something.

  76. realquick
    July 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    it seems like they ‘re going to start their new kickstarter campaign before they announce cancellation of the tablet version so the bad press doesn’t affect the donations for their next project

  77. fistan
    July 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    game was pretty entertaining and felt very polished but ui should have faster response. it feels that every action you take has a delay. Other than that campaign is really short and we didnt go in depth for even a single character.(which is big deal for an rpg). Graphic style and atmosphere was great this game had the potential to be all time classic if it had more content in it plain and simple

  78. Scottpre
    July 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    I’m a long-time (since 1994) shadowrun fan. I even live in Seattle :-) I had high hopes for this game and am left with kind of a “meh” feeling about it. It definitely is not to the calibre of the Fallout series, but playing SRR was better than mowing the lawn. Hope SR online is better when it comes out.

  79. Joel
    July 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Guys, I have been waiting for years for another chance to run in the shadows. I loved my SNES version and bought a genesis just to have the Sega version as well, since what I loved the most was the ability to take on random runs. The game in a visual sense is satisfying, the music was amazing, the playability was fun, even if the matrix was just the same as being in the meat world basically, but what I still long for is the ability to free roam Seattle and the wilderness. Will that be happening? Please tell me in the update you’ll actually release the city. I just want to roam around, find random encounters, take on the runs I want, not have to follow a linear story if I chose not to… anyway, thanks for bring back something I wanted for so long, but I really was hoping I’d be able to explore and take on missions I wanted to.

  80. JensThanx
    July 30, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Hey Guys!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! It is not DeusEx, but it is Shadowrun. And it is really nice work for only one year of developement.

    This editor will surely keep the core of SRR players busy for a looooooong time :)

    I hope you keep up the good work and bring some additional content (Berlin and more…).

  81. Lenny
    July 30, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    thank you guy’s. has been lots of fun!!!
    looking forward to Berlin!

  82. jEns
    July 31, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    What a game! What a rich enviroment filled with detail and emotion. Fantastic music, it really get the hold on you.

    Great work!

  83. WhoopyDoo
    July 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Great game! I hope to see larger and less linear campaign next :)

  84. Justin
    August 1, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    I hope the merch doesn’t cost a fortune to get in Canada. I’ve wanted a Shadowrun shirt for more than fifteen years!