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Experience Shadowrun with your friends and plenty of enemies in a true cross-platform game and determine the future of the 6th world!
Experience Shadowrun with your friends and plenty of enemies in an action strategy game and determine the future of the 6th world!
Experience Shadowrun with your friends and plenty of enemies in an action strategy game and determine the future of the 6th world!
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Eyes and ears!

Hoi Chummers!

Today’s update is based on requests from our creative backers and fans!

You may have seen our AWESOME (if we do say so ourselves) character and NPC artwork already. And if you haven’t feasted your eyes on it yet, take a peek here and use one of these great avatars as your Kickstarter, Twitter, Facebook, or general Matrix avatar to proudly proclaim you are a Shadowrun Online backer! But continue reading for there is more graphic goodness to come!

Picturing the mean streets

We are working with a pool of great creative people such as Shadowrun artists extraordinaire, AAS and Klaus Schwerwinski, both members of SHE (Our Shadowrun High Council of Elders, an elite circle of SR luminaries such as Tom Dowd, Jason Hardy and Bull, to name a few. They make sure we stay true to the vision and guide us with their wisdom). They are all helping us to define the visceral visual atmosphere for Shadowrun Online as we are currently detailing out the respective megacorp styles, as well as defining our city hub atmosphere. Another talented artist helping us shape the vision is Josh Godin and we wanted to show you some samples of Josh’s previous work that we have used as a starting point below.

Play it loud!

Music and sound effects play a major role in the atmosphere of any game. We have received a high number of offers from music and sound professionals wanting to contribute to Shadowrun Online, and we are now collecting submissions for the game! For example here are a couple of recent tracks by the renaissance man and sound master Walter Machado, created as his take on SRO.

In fact, if you are a music composer and want to support Shadowrun Online, you can send us your compositions and we will put those that are suitable up on our site for fans to listen to and provide feedback on! Share your love and talent with the fans!

Calling all stations!

We are still hard at work answering your questions, and supporting you in spreading the word to forums and fan communities. Remember, you can help out in many ways! Just follow this link for some ideas on how to help get the word out about Shadowrun Online:

Reward overview

As we do get a lot of questions on reward tiers, here's an overview of the free-to-play reward tiers and here over the campaign reward tiers - so you know what you'll get!

Recent Press

We did a podcast with Austria's largest gaming site and an interview in German for a blog.

So, that's it for today. Stay tuned for a Shadowrun Online video update coming next week, and we will also have an AMA session early next week on reddit! Which we will of course keep you posted on!

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      Stonegolem on August 6, 2012

      Never mind. Went back and found a better description in a previous post. I really hope this makes the goal, it looks like it will be a great game.

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      Stonegolem on August 6, 2012

      I'm confused about the reward tiers. If I donate $55 dollars do I not get the 3 month subscription for the online game? What if I want both the free-to-play and campaign rewards?

    3. Nick Turner on August 6, 2012

      I really like the Legwork idea. I think it really sets this game apart from other MMO's out there.

    4. Cliffhanger Productions Creator on August 6, 2012

      It will expand on the concept (massively) - an actual hub where you can meet other players, legwork and more meta plots to name a few, but yes, the central hub - mission structure will remain. No sense in wasting time to have people walk from a t b when you can have them going into action immediately ;)

    5. Joe Amon on August 5, 2012

      Hey guys. Future Campaign Runner's Apprentice here with a question:
      Design wise, is SRO going to be similar to Jagged Alliance Online. By which I mean a central hub for recruiting, repairing, etc and then trips 'out' to go on missions? And will it be turn based?
      (Loving JAO, BTW. ;))

    6. Walter Machado on August 4, 2012

      In less than 24 hours with the exposed tracks we have more than 2000 plays, hundreds of downloads, lots of soundcloud messages and tweets.
      For you all, and based on the impressions that had been sent to me, I recorded a new track "Exotic", and its now available for free download.
      Thanks for the support.

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      Anderson Madson on August 3, 2012

      I really liked all of the musics shown, but Injection somehow gave me a feeling of the Shadowrun ( Sega Genesis/Megadrive version )

    8. Walter Machado on August 3, 2012

      I did the listed soundtrack, and its deeply important your feedback about which line of production pleases you more.
      "Cromo 2.0" came inspired by the old Mega Drive (genesis) version of Shadowrun, and goes thru a analogic X digital mixed line (guitar vs pads).
      "Heavy Gear" had been created to translate industrial and corporative aspects of 6th world (check the anvil sound and the corpotate-slaves chorus),
      "Injection" comes with the Glam Rock Inspiration of 2050, voice was a hard choice, and guttural was the first option to blend with the core guitars.
      "City Escape" lots of my old pen and paper sessions ended in an insane escape, after mission goal... then a Goblin Punk Rock was the choice to ilustrate this scene.

      I tryed to pass away from obvious choices like trance and electro. Your impressions may guide my next compositions, friends...

    9. David Thompson on August 3, 2012

      Glad to see you've got Klaus Scherwinski on board. Met him at GenCon once, and he struck me as a great guy as well as an accomplished artist :-)

      Nice to see some of the old regulars kicking around too. Been too long since I was last chatting on Dumpshock!

    10. Steven 'Bull' Ratkovich on August 2, 2012

      Ray: How do you think *I* feel? I still think of myself as the "new kid" half the time. :)

    11. David Pietka on August 2, 2012

      I'm going to echo what J.R. Riedel said about the music. Cromo and Heavy Gear are awesome: perfect Shadowrun music (Cromo especially). I'm not into the vocals on the third and fourth tracks. That might be what goblin rock sounds like, but I strongly prefer the instrumental works.

    12. Ada Macey on August 2, 2012

      Bull is an Elder? Way to make me feel old, I still remember when he first joined ShadowRN :)

    13. Joshua Graves on August 2, 2012

      I really like the art style here, I'll be listening to the music next!

    14. J.R. Riedel on August 2, 2012

      Chromo and Heavy Gear are strong songs.
      All the songs have good music backing.
      I admit I'm not a big fan of the distorted voices, but that's personal preference not a comment on the songs.

    15. Nuddy on August 2, 2012

      ....and that's why I shall have the music turned off. For everyone else, enjoy!

    16. Mr.McDougle - Shadowrun Exile in Torment on August 2, 2012

      @Sangius: Shall we call you OnlineSally then? :P

    17. Mr.McDougle - Shadowrun Exile in Torment on August 2, 2012

      I like the music, even though Industrial always sounds a bit repititive(if its not Rammstein :P ).

      I wanted to suggest more modern electronic music. ;)
      This is the 2070-setting, chummers! :D Not SRR´s 2050s! :D

    18. Sangius on August 2, 2012

      @T.: I'll get busy on ... well not a transcript ... but a summary ... then.

    19. Tubbster on August 2, 2012

      Hi Sangius, I think, the podcast interview has real potential to convince some of them, who still have some doubts. There is some information, which has notnbeen displayed yet. Maybe someone could at least sum up the facts and spread it in the essential boards.



    20. Cliffhanger Productions Creator on August 2, 2012

      Hoi Kraken!
      As the update text shows, those images are from one of the artists who is contributing to the look and atmosphere of Shadowrun Online. His, and other work, including Shadowrun specific art, will be part of the springboard for the concept art yet to come. ^_^


    21. Sangius on August 2, 2012

      I fixed the blog-link now. Is there a demand for an on-the-fly translation of the german interviews?

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      Maxim Kuschpel on August 2, 2012

      Guys, listen to the Music of Alexander Shukaev - he made the music for Paradise Cracked (which was a beautiful art project, but a mediocre game) - but the Music, the Music was right from the hands of electronic gods:……

    23. Kraken on August 2, 2012

      Those pictures have not been made for Shadowrun. Why are they here?

    24. Adrian Sparkman on August 2, 2012

      I would like to see the Wanted Poster/Wanted pictures as a wallpaper.

    25. ErekoseDM on August 2, 2012

      love the graphics!
      especially the wanted poster with bounty adjacent.

    26. Avarchillion on August 2, 2012

      oh how those beautiful pictures remind my of the good old days of baldurs gate. thanks for using this kind of art style.

    27. Andreas Schroth on August 2, 2012

      @REkz kaRZ: The art posted above is "samples of Josh’s PREVIOUS work that we have used as a starting point", so rest assured that the unique SR features will be there, including but certainly not limited to prominent features of bio- and cybermodifications up to ALIEN QUEEN level :)

    28. Cliffhanger Productions Creator on August 2, 2012

      Hoi Chummers!

      I updated the reward links so now they're extra linky. ^_^


    29. REkz kaRZ on August 2, 2012

      Devs, looking at art I think you downplay the 'cyberpunk' aspect a bit. If there's tech, make it glow with LED's and remember smartlinks & chip implants & so on. Make it *POP* to hook your potential backers.

      Really nice art, but IMO not exactly carrying enough of the 'punk / cyber / dark future' aspect. BRING IT!

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      Colin on August 2, 2012

      Neither of the 'Recent Press' links is working... nor are there any links to the reward tiers (not that most people would need them, they were linked before and should be easy to find...) ;)

    31. Jakub 'Devean' Radzimiński on August 2, 2012

      *sign in my mind when I look at this

    32. Jakub 'Devean' Radzimiński on August 2, 2012

      Awesome graphics, as usual here. Why do I have a large neon 'Bladerunner' sign when I look at this? :D

    33. Tubbster on August 2, 2012

      Nice Industrial sounds from Machado! Especially the 'Heavy Gear' - Track! Great!

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      frithjof pfannstiel on August 2, 2012

      hm blog link is broken

    35. Steven 'Bull' Ratkovich on August 2, 2012

      Woah. Getting mentioned in the same line as tom Dowd? That's really cool, and really surreal :)

    36. William C Crawford on August 2, 2012

      I think you forgot the link for the Reward Overview :)