About this project
Shadowrun Online - is a cross-platform, online PC, Mac, Linux(see FAQ), iOS/iPad, Android Tablet and Ouya based tactical turn-based RPG set in the award winning world of Shadowrun. Create one account and play your game across multiple devices in whatever way you prefer!
Imagine the magic and creatures of Lord of the Rings crashing at full speed into a dystopian cyberpunk future in the vein of Blade Runner! In the 2070s of our world, dragons are running mega corporations, Amerindian braves battle it out with Ork street gangs over turf, elf hackers glide through the all-encompassing matrix and cybered up street samurai face toxic spirits in the rubble of ruined streets. And YOU will be shaping the future of this world!
Final hours of the campaign
SOUNDTRACK FOR EVERYONE ABOVE THE $9 TIER!! Please help us making this game happen!
Prototype in-game footage
A video is worth a thousand words. See here what Shadowrun Online will look like:
Friends of SRO
In making Shadowrun Online we are working closely with current and previous creators of the pen and paper role-playing game such as Tom Dowd and Jason Hardy, who also support us in this campaign!Tom Dowd, Co-Creator of SHADOWRUN send us his support on video: :
Jason Hardy, Shadowrun Tabletop line editor at Catalyst Game Labs also endorsed our project:
Renowned creator of the awesomely beloved show ADVENTURE TIME on Cartoon Network, Pendleton Ward, also shows his love for Shadowrun Online! And he'll even be a playable character in the game! Now that's exciting!!
What is Shadowrun Online?
Shadowrun Online is the second Kickstarter video game project set in the unique world of Shadowrun. The first project, Shadowrun Returns, focused primarily on providing a great single player adventure experience, while Shadowrun Online - like the pen & paper version - is all about experiencing the awesome world and gritty atmosphere of Shadowrun together with friends. Fluid co-op gameplay and intense player vs player faction wars set in a persistent and evolving world - this is what Shadowrun Online is about!
And the best part is: In Shadowrun Online the collective actions of players will not only determine the fate of the online game world, but our unique player-driven plotline will enable you to determine the future of the whole Shadowrun Universe! Events players trigger will also cross over into the pen and paper storyline - so you can shape the future of the Shadowrun Universe!
At its core SRO is a full Unity3D online game, accessible through Windows, Mac, Android, iOS- and Linux and on Ouya, with high quality graphics and great effects. It is fully cross platform, meaning you can play it on your tablet in the train, then go home to sit down at your PC to continue with the same character. Highly individualizable characters and a turn based system, which balances fast-paced action with deep tactical combat, make it a true Shadowrun experience.
A lot of SWAG has been ADDED to levels which we cannot change in the tier text anymore, so be sure to check our charts!
More Music for the people- As a sign of our gratitude we will give out the DRM free downloadable version of the soundtrack to EVERYONE backing the campaign with 9$ or more.
Model and reward overview
Shadowrun Online offers two playing models: The Campaign Model a.k.a Guild Wars or Pen and Paper model: You buy the game (client) once (or pledge $25 here on Kickstarter), and play for as long as you want without buying any premium stuff giving you an advantage in the game just as with a classic boxed game. You can then acquire new campaigns and cities as expansions to be regularly released. See our updates for more information on this!
And then there's the free-to-play model, in which the game can be played for free (no monthly payments, no inital payment), with items in the shop for real money. For this model there are Premium subscriptions, that allow you to save time grinding by giving a boost to how quickly you accumulate Karma, Reputation and Nuyen.
Since with the introduction of the additional model the list of reward tiers became rather long, we provide an overview over the rewards of the campaign model here:
and the rewards for the free-to-play model here:
For our Polish fans there's even a translation of the rewards from one of our backers!
More intel on the game
In Shadowrun Online players take on missions alone or together in the dystopian world of the 2070s, ranging from hustling a local Ork gang, to stealing valuable cargo from a ghoul-infested warehouse, through infiltrating a remote megacorp research lab to sabotage a top-secret project…
Players will meet and mingle in cities and (in)famous establishments in real-time, to form runner teams, meet Fixers and Johnsons and pick up missions. Runs will take place on beautifully detailed 3D maps, involving combat, stealth, and strategy.
Please also check out the Updates tab above, to get more details on Shadowrun Online gameplay.
Now back to what the game is all about! You'll have a wide array of abilities which allow you to become a spell slinging Mage, a Shaman invoking the powers of the spirits, a cybered-up Street Samurai or a Hacker slipping through the enemy's surveillance. Choose from a wealth of magical and mundane gear and cyber-augmentations to improve your abilities and customize your character.
Each archetype will perceive the world differently, and be able to interact with different parts of the world, from augmented reality to assensing the spirit world.
What is Shadowrun?
Shadowrun is an incredible setting with a history that moves on through our modern day, when the ancient cycle of magic's ebb and flow began to spike, returning magic to our world, and finally settles in the technological era you'll explore in the decade of Shadowrun Online's 2070's. There is a wealth of information out there with countless novels and pen and paper books. If you are down for some serious reading, you can find a primer on Shadowrun here!
Set in a dystopian near-future, a world where cybernetics, biotech, cyberpunk, and metahumanity meet magic, and mega corporations have become independent states, Shadowrun allows you to experience a truly unique mix of gritty cyberpunk style known from Bladerunner and the magical creatures and races of settings such as Lord of the Rings. The Awakening has brought forth ancient races from Orks, Dwarves, Trolls, and Elves to mythical animals and even powerful, intelligent dragons, who use their horded treasures to purchase and run global megacorporations.
Technology has changed mankind- cyberware can make you stronger, faster and smarter. Augmented senses and organs can be bought from illegal street clinics, and you can even experience the Matrix itself by moving your consciousness into the endless stream of data.
Though technology is pervasive in every sprawl of every city, there are a lot of cracks between the giant corporate structures where the shadows are run deep. If you want a job done and don't want to dirty your hands, you hire a Shadowrunner - a deniable asset, living beyond the reach of the law and the ultimate survivor in the urban jungle.
Hackers, Riggers, Combat Mages and Street Samurai will take on the most dangerous missions - for a price. You and your team, will run the shadows, becoming part of the underground elite, and experiencing adrenaline filled adventures such as infiltrating a hidden corporate lab, fighting chromed-up mercs over a secret magic formula, spying on a crime syndicate, even perhaps sabotaging an almighty AI on the brink of controlling the Matrix, while looking for the deeper meaning, that may reveal the machinations of major players behind the scenes. Do you have what it takes to run the shadows, chummer? Do you have what it takes to survive, in Shadowrun Online?
You'll never walk alone...
In Shadowrun Online you will be able play alone and hire other runners to create a team , or play together live with your friends. Players can band together to try and take over parts of a city, and align themselves with one of the mega corporations (temporarily) in an all-out faction war. The mega's stocks will rise and fall with the collective actions of the players, as they take on missions, alongside or against one another. These changes will be reflected in the official pen and paper timeline of the Shadowrun tabletop game, and we will even produce a campaign book for SR 4th edition!
Shadowrun Online will directly connect with the Shadowrun Universe website at www.shadowrun.com, so you will be able to transfer achievements or send messages between the website and the game. The Shadowrun community is at the heart of what we are trying to accomplish.
While our online game is extremely modest by the big budget standards of today, it costs far more than a development company of our size is able to afford on our own. Due to the license restraints, it is hard to get traditional publishers interested, and we didn't want to give away creative control over the project, or the ability to shape the game together with you, the fans.
We have invested a considerable amount of our own, and our friends' and relatives' money, into laying the groundwork for the game and technology, but the bulk of the project and most of the content requires your pledges. We hope there is enough Shadowrun love out there, to make this game become a reality, and humbly thank you for your support. Let's shape the future of Shadowrun together!
A word on the rewards
CAMPAIGN STYLE DOWNLOADS will allow you to play the game just like a classic boxed game without any subscription fees or additional payments. Just like in the pen and paper RPG you will be able to acquire expansions such as new campaigns and new cities. Campaign boxes will probably sell for around $50 after launch.
PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS gained by Backers will begin when you first enter Shadowrun Online, after the game goes public. We expect Premium Subscriptions to have a comparable value of $10-12 for each month and this is what we base our reward tiers on.
THE TALISMAN - this specific talisman will be available only to backers and protect them from harm in various ways, helping against physical damage as well as magical or even IC attacks.
STARTER GEAR - this is a mixture of useful items, such as a DocWagon Contract and cool outfits allowing you to individualize your character further. Starter Gear will be available for different archetypes to choose from.
AUGMENTATION - a choice of augmentations according to your character's preferences. This will basically be similar to deltaware from the pen and paper game, so it will allow you to add more augmentations to your character due to massively reduced essence costs. Mages and essence-conscious characters can choose to receive an enchantment instead, enhancing their abilities (details tbd). And of course these will also look cool on your character!
VIP CLUB ACCESS - VIP clubs make you feel special...and there is always the most interesting characters hanging out there, who wouldn't want to be seen anywhere on the streets with the common people...may be worth talking to them...
MEET A LEGEND (NEW) - A series of events. Famous PnP personalities controlled by Shadowrun luminaries, writers and artists will appear live in a VIP club to chat and do some runs with you in SRO! Tom Dowd, Jason Hardy, Ron Heintz, Bull, Aaron Pavao, AAS, Klaus Scherwinski, Russel Zimmermann, Rat to run the Shadows with you! We will schedule those events ahead of time of course and you will get a chance to slot and run with actual living street legends! How awesome is that?
THE SRO CAMPAIGN BOOK - created for the SR4 edition rules it will contain a campaign based on the SR Online plot, a number of highly detailed maps based on our in-game maps.
SWAG BAG (NEW) - We are handing out more Shadowrun goodness - everyone on or above the new 125$ SWAG BAG pledge level (except digital only of course) will receive this great SWAG BAG, to carry around all the awesome Shadowrun stuff they are getting!
THE MINIS - We plan for two sets of 4 miniatures, we would like to have them be metal, but this depends on how many backers we get. Some of the minis will be based on famous 6th world characters some on our in-game characters.We are talking to Reaper Miniatures about doing them.
THE T-SHIRT AND HOODIE - Available in sizes from S to XXL
THE ID CARD - Personalized Saeder-Krupp company ID card. See picture.
Poster and Wallpaper Art
Backer Images - Get one too!
And remember to check out the Updates tab at the top of the page!
Just go to www.shadowrun.com, the site we jointly run with Catalyst and Harebrained Schemes and join the discussion. There is already a wealth of info available there.
Cliffhanger's name isn't exactly linked to the SR franchise (yet), but many of us have been fans of the license for two decades. We are working with writers and artists of current and previous Shadowrun editions (such as Tom Dowd, Jason Hardy, Tigger and Raben AAS to name just a few) and will get the project reviewed by Jordan Weisman himself to make sure we do justice to the great setting.We are also working with our friends at Catalyst and Harebrained Schemes to bring together the various parts of Shadowrun by creating a plot spanning all our products.
Do I get the official SRO CAMPAIGN BOOK for Shadowrun 4th edition at the $75 GANG LIEUTENANT pledge level?
Yes! You do get the official SRO CAMPAIGN BOOK for Shadowrun 4th edition with your $75 GANG LIEUTENANT pledge, both printed and as a pdf!
While the studio is based in Austria the Campaign Books (from Catalyst) and the Minis (to be produced by Reaper) will be shipped from the US. So international means the same as for any US based project. We are looking for ways to work around the usual customs and shipping timelines and will keep you updated on that.
We already contacted the guys working on Ouya and as we will be able to deploy on Android, we want to also support Ouya.
Yes, we have a Linux version planned. We use Unity3D for our client, and they announced that they’ll support Linux in their upcoming version 4.0. Here’s what Unity says about compatibility: “Unity Games will run out of the box on most modern Linux systems, but we are only providing *official* support for 64-bit or 32-bit Ubuntu Linux with vendor-made graphics drivers.“ So once Unity3D 4.0 is available to us, we will go and try to port it. We cannot guarantee that we’ll be able to have the Linux version ready on day 1 (since Unity hasn’t announced the release date yet), but there will be a Linux version as soon as we can make the transition.
Yes! You can pledge if you don't live in the USA. If you choose a reward that requires a physical shipping method, please ADD the amount indicated in the pledge description for international shipping. And, we REALLY appreciate your support!
In many areas of Europe, you can use your Visa Debit or Visa Electron cards to pay online. If you don't have a credit card or debit card that Amazon / Kickstarter accepts, there are other ways you can pledge.
First, buy a Ukash voucher, then convert it into a Ukash NEO pre-paid Mastercard. From there, you can use it with Amazon's payment system.
Another option is to get a "Virtual Visa Card". This is a pre-paid virtual card designed for Europeans to purchase things on the internet. You can find more information about it here: http://www.visaeurope.com/en/cardholders/virtual_cards.aspx
We will also re-open our PayPal contribution options on the http://shadowrun.com website after Shadowrun Online has been funded on Kickstarter.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2,3 GHz or better
Memory: 2GB RAM or better
Graphics card: Geforce 9600 or better, 512MB RAM
OS: Windows7, Vista, XP
Browser: IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera
- Macbook or Macbook Pro from late 2008 with Lion OSX and dedicated graphics card
- iPad2 or better
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or better
Do I get a digital copy of the SRO CAMPAIGN BOOK at the $275 and the $60 digital reward pledge levels?
Yes, you do.
Yes of course, moving from free to play to campaign is easy: You just buy a campaign level copy and transfer the character.
Moving from campaign to free to play also works, but we may have to restrict your items to prevent exploiting the campaign account to get an advantage in free to play
Shadowrun is many things to many people, because it encompasses a wide variety of themes and genres. It started as a pencil and paper tabletop RPG (role playing game) in the 1980′s, but has since expanded in to a variety of other media, such as 46 novels in English alone, and there are also multiple video games from the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo era, a collectible card game, an incredible amount of art, and much more.
The Shadowrun setting spans the world, merging science fiction and high fantasy, through the viewpoint of our own near future society, with a divergent alternate history. Popular themes within Shadowrun’s setting include cyberpunk and computer hacking, technology, music, cybernetics, noir, genetics, detective mystery, fashion, crime, magic, and corporate intrigue, along side a unique spin on classic fantasy creatures, who have returned to the world, such as dragons, orcs, elves, dwarves, trolls and yes even vampires, ghouls and immortals who live amongst us. Many of who work hard to get by, just as we do every day. Some of them are us.
With such a deeply rich and expansive plethora of themes so superbly woven in to the incredibly entertaining Shadowrun setting, Shadowrun is still surprisingly easy and fun to engage with. Now, this description barely even scratches the surface. Ultimately, Shadowrun is about exploring, surviving, dying, and triumphing in the societal shadows of mega-corporate domination, where man meets magic and machine. How you experience Shadowrun, is up to you.
“Watch your back. Shoot straight. Conserve ammo. And never, ever, cut a deal with a dragon.“
- Street Proverb. Page 6: Shadowrun 1st Edition 1989
Now go on back to the top of this page, check out some of our AWESOME prototype in-game videos hosted by actor Jeff Ricketts (Firefly, Buffy, Angel, Star Trek, 24), and please, help Shadowrun Online reach its funding goal. An entire community of Shadowrunners thanks you.
We really do need your help, because the actual game doesn't exist yet. What you see in the videos and screenshots are a prototype used to test out gameplay mechanics on the JA:O engine, which is NOT the Shadowrun Online game engine. Shadowrun Online as a game doesn't exist yet, because we do not have the money to develop it! That is the purpose for this Kickstarter. We've spent over a year and borrowed money for licensing and a lot more because Shadowrun is a complex tabletop game that we love, but it has many rules, and we needed to flesh out game mechanics, and work on building the model upon which we plan to make the game.
It's sort of like when you want to build a building. You create a small scale model to figure out what you plan to do (this costs money), and you also use this model to show other people so they will understand your idea, and so they know what they'll be supporting. But, the scale model itself is not the constructed building, it still needs to be built. And Shadowrun Online's prototype is not Shadowrun Online, the game still needs to be developed, and that will take more money and resources than we have. We have a team of developers, but we need to hire more artists, more animators, more level designers...more people than we have to do skilled jobs that we don't have filled right now to work specifically on Shadowrun Online, and be able to pay them. We need backing, and we didn't want a big studio altering our game plan, which is why we need you to please support us, so we can make Shadowrun Online a reality. And, so we can all have fun together, in the shadows...
Please go back to the top of this page, watch our other videos, learn more about our plans for Shadowrun Online, check the updates tab, and check out all the great collectible swag that we hope you'll enjoy. And pledge so Shadowrun Online can happen, for real.
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