Shadowrun Returns Expands With New Dragonfall Campaign in January

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Seattle-based indie studio Harebrained Schemes is hard at work on an expansion for the Kickstarter mega-hit, Shadowrun Returns, released over the summer after crowdfunding more than a million bucks.

The expansion, titled Shadowrun: Dragonfall, will be available at a price of $14.99 on GOG.com and Steam for PC/Mac/Linux in January, with mobile versions for iPad and Android tablets to follow sometime thereafter. Since a copy of the original game will be required, Harebrained Schemes will be offering a Shadowrun Campaign Pack containing the base game and the expansion for $24.99. (That’s $10 cheaper than buying both separately.)

Dragonfall will consist of a new full-length campaign set in the city of Berlin. Chief among the expansion’s new features will be the addition of save anywhere functionality, which will also be added to the original game. A common knock against Shadowrun Returns has been its lack of a manual save option. I never had any problem with it, but soon it will no longer be a concern for those who did find it bothersome.

Which reminds me, I really need to dig back into Shadowrun Returns. I started it a few months back and was very pleased with the five or six hours I put into it before getting sidetracked on other things. With the expansion campaign coming after the dawn of the New Year, I’m going to have to carve out some holiday gaming time to finish the “Dead Man’s Switch” storyline.

Here is more detailed information about Shadowrun: Dragonfall, from Harebrained Schemes’ press release announcement.

MAN MEETS MAGIC & MACHINE. The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Unchecked advances in technology have blurred the line between man and machine. Great dragons play humanity for pawns, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. In this new reality of elves and trolls, corporate arcologies and terrifying new magics, anything is possible… for a price. And when the powerful and the desperate need a job done, they turn to shadowrunners: mercenaries, living on the fringes of society, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone.

BERLIN. The Flux-State: a stable anarchy enforced by an ever-shifting coalition of megacorps, political factions, and savvy power players. A place where almost anything goes, and the right connections can be the difference between success and starvation. Dangerous jobs abound and there’s no better place to earn a quick payday – provided you live long enough to spend it. For you and your team of battle-scarred runners, it’s just another day in the Free City of Berlin.

But a new threat is rising, one that could mean untold chaos and devastation. The only clue: whispers of the DRAGONFALL, a long-forgotten event from the earliest days of the Awakened world. As you find yourself drawn into a maze of veiled dangers and strange machinations, you will come face-to-face with a grim spectre of the past… and alter the course of Berlin’s future.

SHADOWRUN: DRAGONFALL FEATURES

– Experience a New Full-Length Campaign: Return to the “Tech meets Magic” future of Shadowrun as you and your team of runners get drawn into a treacherous conspiracy. Operating out of an offbeat central hub neighborhood, you’ll choose which missions to accept and how you’ll approach them while navigating the dark underbelly of “the Flux”.

– An Exciting New Locale: Shadowrun: Dragonfall transports runners to the Free City of Berlin, a thrilling Shadowrun setting full of gorgeous new hi-res environments, a diverse new cast of characters, and a new soundtrack by the composer of the original Sega Genesis Shadowrun game, Sam Powell.
Command Your Team: Lead a small team of shadowrunners, each with their own outlook and backstory. Each member of your team is designed to play an interesting role during missions and has a unique set of skills, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

– New Weapons, Cyberware, Enemies & More: Try your hand at the long-range sniper rifle, devastating grenade launcher, or stun-inducing taser. Chrome yourself out in the latest cyberware, and take on deadly new enemies – including new magical creatures like gargoyles and fire drakes. Dragonfall brings a host of new items, characters, portraits, and improvements to the Shadowrun Returns experience.

– Save Anywhere: You can save your progress at any time during the game. This functionality is also being added to the original Shadowrun Returns “Dead Man’s Switch” campaign.

– New Game Editor Features: A wide range of enhancements to the game editor for community content creators – including a scripting system to better control lighting, tracking mission objectives in the main game UI, placing exploding barrels, and allowing players to input keypad passwords and custom text strings in conversations. In addition, content creators will be able to use all of the new Berlin environment art, items and characters in their own stories along with assets from the original Shadowrun Returns campaign.

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