Hey guys! The Director's Cut has been out for a week and we're already off to a strong start. But we think there's a lot more RPG fans out there that would enjoy the game - we want to reach them, and now there's a great new way you can help. Earlier this week, Valve unveiled their major "Steam Discovery Update" for the Steam store. Not only does the store look a lot blue-r now, but they've made some major changes to how games can be discovered and surfaced on the marketplace based on YOUR reviews and recommendations. Just in the last 48 hours we've seen Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut appear on a number of great Steam Curator lists - RPG Codex and Kotaku Recommends among others - which is awesome!
If you love Dragonfall and want to help spread the word, there's two things you can do right now (I know I sound like a public radio broadcaster, sorry):
1. Leave a User Review for Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut. (The review box is right near the top of our Steam Store page.) Valve has made user reviews a lot more important in the recent update, including a nice summary at the top of our Store Page - we're currently "Very Positive"!
2. Start Curating! Here's a good overview of the new Steam Curators feature. The more Curators that add Dragonfall to their lists, the more we'll show up to players who follow you or who like similar games. Start a list of your own, or leave comments for some of your favorite Curators and suggest that they add Dragonfall to their lists!
Thanks guys! And, in the spirit of Steam Curation, we've started our own Steam Curator List on Steam. These are games we're big fans of here at Harebrained and that you might like if you enjoyed Dragonfall. Follow it here!
In other news, we've just released Patch 2.0.5 for the Director's Cut, which addresses several bugs and issues that have surfaced since launch. It's available now on Steam and will be soon on GoG and Humble (we've sent them the updated builds already, there's just a bit of time delay before it gets updated.)
Lastly, in the week since launch we've received a TON of extremely kind words from you guys, from press, and from new players alike. I wanted to share a few of our favorites. It's incredibly heartwarming to receive this kind of direct feedback for the work that we're doing and it's one of the greatest parts of game development. Thank you all so much for a fantastic reception.
"The ultimate edition of Shadowrun Returns, the glorious return of the popular tech-meets-magic pen-and-paper role-playing game to the digital realm." - Kotaku
“As it stands, it’s the definitive Shadowrun experience, and is easily one of the best, if not the best, tactical-RPGs of 2014. Do yourself a favor and buy the game. Director’s Cut is clearly worth every penny.” - Hardcore Gamer
"If you haven't played it yet and any bone in your body enjoys isometric CRPGs, I don't even know why you're still reading this." - PCWorld
"Thanks for being a great group of talented people. Shadowrun for the SNES was a seminal moment growing up. I am 32 now and grew up in the time of game rentals. I must have rented it so much that I probably should have just bought the damned thing. You guys captured and improved every element of it, delivering what to me is a near perfect gaming/shadowrun experience. As soon as I saw your kickstarter I had to become a backer and haven't regretted it once.... and now you go and pull a classy move like giving me the directors cut for the expansion for free. You guys rock. Thanks again chummer. "
"Releasing an improved version of an already excellent game for free, this is how I wish all developers treated us fans. YAY HBS!"
"The AI is already noticeably better. Poor Dietrich, his liver's already traumatized and now you've all gone and perforated it."
"I've been gaming for a long time, and I care about my hobby and the state of the industry. It seems like almost every bit of news you hear about the games industry these days is bad news, horrible behavior from consumers and developers alike. I take such news with an enormous grain of salt, but it's still depressing. And then there's Harebrained Schemes, who made a great game, then made it even better, and then gave it to your customers for free. And that's just awesome. "
"I'm sure you are very busy, but I just wanted to drop a quick note thanking you for the release of Dragonfall: Director's Cut. I very much enjoyed Shadowrun Returns and, while I own a copy of Dragonfall, I've been very busy this year and haven't had a chance to play it yet. So imagine my surprise when I checked out my Steam account this morning and saw that you took a game that was, by all accounts, an awesome and refreshing RPG and made it even better... and there it was already sitting in my Steam library, waiting to be played."
"Been playing it almost nonstop since it was released and I'm still not done- just got to the final mission. The DC is incredible. This could very well qualify as my favorite video game of all time. Just sheer awesomeness without the filler content in other RPGs. When it's released on Android I will gladly buy it just to support HBS. I hope to see more Shadowrun games from HBS. If you do a game with the DFDC engine in another city I will pre-order or back it on KS if you decide to go that route again. Bring it on chummers, I need my BTL fix :)"