The Year of Shadowrun Continues…

Shadowrun, Fifth Edition is Coming July 11th!


July is shaping up to be one hell of a month for Shadowrun. If you can’t wait until July 25th to jack in, be sure to kick it tabletop-style with your very own PDF of Catalyst Game Labs’ Shadowrun, Fifth Edition.

The Fifth Edition is sure to be heralded as a wonder of the Sixth World. Presented in full color, this beefy tome is jam packed with all the cyberpunk graphics and revamped game rules you need to effectively take on the megacorps. Combat will be more exciting and deadlier than ever before. A refined character creation system makes it easier to introduce friends to the game and hit the ground running. The Matrix rules have also been reworked to be more intuitive and gel with the rest of the game. Additionally, new functions for gear will make your arsenal more versatile than ever.

The new edition takes place in the 2070s, so between it and Shadowrun Returns, set in 2054, you’ll have access to two distinct flavors of the SR universe.

You can pick up your PDF copy on July 11th for just $20 USD at or Or pre-order the print edition, available in August.


2 Responses to “The Year of Shadowrun Continues…”

  1. Cùran
    June 29, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I probably prefer the older setting (much like I like the older CBT mechs which usually force you to think harder on your strategies and tactics), but apart from that: what are the big differences between the fifth edition and the previous one (20th anniversary edition)?

    @Jordan: Thanks for your appearance on the 24h live stream over at RSI!

  2. Michael Chandra
    July 1, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    Big differences would include:

    - Limits on all skill rolls, attribute- or equipment-based for which you can get gear/enhancements improvements.
    - Matrix streamlined, less rolls and nearly no extended rolls.
    - Damage and armor increased, no longer armor encumbrance based on Body.
    - 1 attack action per Action Phase.

    And many more. There’s some blogs on the SR5 tabletop site and people are already debating the rules at the SR4 website since some people have an early Origins printing.