We’ve been busy little bunnies here at the studio and we thought that this was a great time to tell you about all things Harebrained.
There’s a lot…
Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition on Sale Now for 50% Off on Steam and GOG!
After our wildly successful Kickstarter just over a year ago, we released Shadowrun: Hong Kong to incredibly positive reviews. Today, we’re excited to release the Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition as a FREE upgrade to all existing owners of Shadowrun: Hong Kong. This Extended Edition is the definitive version of the game, and we think it’s pretty sweet.
Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition adds our final Kickstarter funding goal to the game – an all-new, 6+ hour Shadows of Hong Kong Bonus Campaign. We’ve also included 100+ minutes of Developers Audio Commentary where you’ll hear more about character motivations, the different choices you had in the game, and perhaps even some Easter Eggs you may have missed. It was really fun to record. Here’s a quick taste of the audio commentary.
Again, everyone who Kickstarted Shadowrun: Hong Kong, or already purchased the game will receive the the Shadows of Hong Kong bonus campaign for free. But, the Extended Edition is on sale at 50% off for a limited time on Steam and GOG so now is a great time to pick it up!
And if you know anyone that hasn’t played any of our Shadowrun titles yet (seriously?), the Shadowrun Triple Pack is ALSO 50% off on Steam for a limited time.
Necropolis Now Available for Pre-Sale On Steam
Includes Original Soundtrack by Shadowrun Composer Jon Everist
NECROPOLIS is an quite a departure from the story-based cRPGs we created for the Shadowrun Universe. It’s a third-person dungeon delve filled with intense action, off-kilter humor, diabolical traps. Necropolis is also a roguelike — a “procedural death labyrinth” — filled with an ever-changing assortment of bizarre rooms, cool weapons, tasty treasure, and nasty monsters designed to slaughter you. Then you can start all over again to see how much further you get.
You play as a nameless adventurer attempting to escape a living, magical dungeon that reconstructs itself each time you play and offers only one way out – down. Craft, explore, equip and advance to stay ahead of the curve as you travel deeper and face greater threats. Find the exit, or die trying.*
We’re really excited to be so close to launch day on Steam. HBS demoed the game at PAX East and PAX Prime last year and the response to the minimalist art style and gameplay was pretty amazing. AND – we just announced that the game will feature Death with Friends – co-op network multiplayer where up to 4 players can and cover each other’s backs as the dungeon tries to eat them, (and anything else it can get its maw on) alive.
The game releases on March 17 but if you pre-order Necropolis on Steam now, you’ll also get the original soundtrack by award-winning Shadowrun composer Jon Everist for free!
*SPOILER: You’ll probably die trying.
BATTLETECH Development Moves Full Steam Ahead
With the scope of the BATTLETECH game now clearly established, the team has been able to really hone in on the core of what we’re making, and to start planning out the experience as a whole. This includes laying out the initial design foundation and creating a strong architectural framework for our codebase.
We’ve also been making good progress on our story for the game which will be set in a small region of the Periphery on the Rimward side of the Inner Sphere. And, finally, our concept art team has switched gears from concept illustrations to actually prototyping the 3D portrait creation system, an Emblem Creator for your Mercenary outfit, and a flexible framework for the cosmetic customization of your ‘Mechs. You can read more details about all of these developments in our End of Year Dev Update.
While the development team is hard at work, our community team has been working on setting up the Comstar: the Global Battletech Community Forum to give both new and old Battletech fans a place to talk about all things Battletech. Mitch is in our Ask the Dev sub-forum all the time answering questions and it’s been great seeing a community forming there. We encourage you to head over to check it out.
For those of you that participated in the BATTLETECH Kickstarter, you’ll remember that Backers earned a Battletech “Beardstream” where our illustrious BATTLETECH leaders (Jordan, Mike and Mitch) will go head-to-head playing a Battletech tabletop game with Randall Bills, Loren Coleman and Brent Evans from Catalyst Game Labs. The losing team will lose their beards – Six Beards Enter Will Enter But Only Three Beards Will Leave! We’ll have more details soon.
Keeping In Touch
Over the last few months, we’ve been thinking a lot about how to stay in touch with you, hence this first Harebrained Report. We also had a really had a great time doing our livestreamed Q&A sessions on Twitch during the BATTLETECH Kickstarter and our first Periscope livestream a few weeks ago. That was a blast.
You can expect to see more of that kind of thing coming up soon and we hope you’ll tune in! You never know what’ll happen when Harebrained goes live…
That’s all for now. Take care!