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Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
36,276 backers pledged $1,836,447 to help bring this project to life.

Great News!!

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)
Starting today, emails containing Shadowrun Returns Steam keys are going out to all Backers and HBS website Pre-order customers. This will help ensure that everyone has their keys in time for the launch on July 25.

Please note that the keys will not unlock the game until it is released on July 25th. Once we flip the switch, you’ll be able to begin the download from Steam and play the game when it completes. More specifics on loading your Steam key will be included in the email we send you.

Also on July 25, your DRM-free version of the game and the digital rewards for your pledge level will be available via your HBS Account. Go to to download them on launch day.

As a reminder, your physical rewards will begin shipping in the first week of August. Delivery dates are determined by geographic location.

We thank you for your patience in advance! It is likely to take a few days to get all the emails out, so please watch for the email, check your spam folder and, if you don’t receive yours within a few days, contact us at 


PS: More YEAR OF SHADOWRUN goodness!

Our friends over at Catalyst Game Labs are now taking pre-orders for their Standard, Limited Edition and Deluxe “Mayan” Limited Edition of Shadowrun, Fifth Edition. Go to for more information. Take a look - it’s big and it’s pretty!


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    1. orrin on

      i have not got my code plz help

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      leperkhaun on

      random question. What are the three keys for? I have three steam keys and as far as i can tell there is nothing different between them.

    3. Rusty Q. Shackleford on

      Copied from another update

    4. Rusty Q. Shackleford on

      Just a reminder, folks - If you haven't received an email with your Steam key, please send us and email at so we can get that out to you.


    5. Dan Paddock on

      I have also not received my Steam Key. Any news on this?

    6. FairysHuff on

      I seem to be having the same issue with the steam key that Michael Georges is having. I've searched my email multiple times but can't find the steam key. Either it's staring me in the face and I'm just not seeing it or your perhaps sending out the keys in batches? I'm thinking it's probably the first option knowing me but just wanted to make sure before I drive myself insane looking for the email. ^_^ Sorry.

    7. Michael Georges on

      I do have a question as i still don't have my key. Are you getting the emails off of Kickstarter or was there a update saying i had to sign up at your website or something that i missed? Either way I'm sure you'll get it sorted out on time.

    8. Iesha Dover on

      Ok I am a half wit. I still have not recieved the email but now that I carefully read your post I see t-shirts are going first week of aug. Hopefully I will have it by GenCon, wish you were sending them a little earlies but ah well.

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      Brian Brenner on

      Nevermind Gmail changed and my email with code is under a strange new tab. Grrr google leave stuff alone will ya. i am still giddy! cant wait to play

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      Brian Brenner on

      I have not received my key yet either but there is still plenty of time. Can't wait for the 25th , been waiting a long long time for this day. *squeels*

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      Kaboosh on

      i am too still waiting for my key. getting a little bit worried.

    12. Iesha Dover on

      Also when should I be looking for my rewards , like t-shirt. I am hoping to have it for GenCon.

    13. Iesha Dover on

      I have not recieved my key yet, even check spam and trash . Should I be worried??

    14. Sean Cushman on

      Nevermind , I got it! Yay!

    15. Sean Cushman on

      I haven't received my key either :( getting worried.

    16. Chris Kronen on

      I still haven't received an e-mail with my steam code yet.

    17. Nate Larsen on

      I registered at the $15 but know nothing about signing up for this SV Rewards site, as I don't have the time to follow the stuff closely, but am very interested in trying out the demo. What do I need to do to get access?

    18. Aaron McCallen on

      I'll throw my name in as another person who has not gotten an e-mail with my key.

    19. David Harper on

      Also still waiting for my key. Not in a rush, since I can't download the game until next week, but it would be nice. :)

    20. Randy Snow on

      Still haven't gotten a key.

    21. Ilya on

      Don't have a key as well...

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      Andrea on

      Still waiting for my mail, already checked multiple times spam box :/

    23. Levi on

      Ha, I wasn't expecting to get three copies. How nice!

      Glad to see that I can choose not to activate the special ability/doc wagon bit too, I was worried about that.

    24. Jamas Enright

      Got my key! Yay!

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      degradoid on

      Thank you for answer. A little bit sad, I would prefer to have all available content in steam, but it's ok.

    26. RC on

      Technical correction - For Backers, the Steam keys are part of our rewards, but the digital downloads for other rewards (.pdf Anthology, digital soundtrack...etc) are not associated with the Steam keys. ^_^

    27. RC on

      @degradoid Backers (dependant on rewards tier) will get their extras (.pdf Anthology, digital soundtrack) through the HBS account website, not Steam.So for Backers, the Steam keys are not related to the rewards.

      For Paypal pre-orders, they too will get their digital extras through the HBS account website, the same way Backers do.

      For chummer who pre-ordered the collectors edition or deluxe edition via Steam directly, I think they get their digital extras via Steam, but I haven't seen this confirmed yet

      I hope this helps! ^_^

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      erodahs on

      @Ben Ok, makes sense then. Just wanted to make sure that one of the keys wasn't something additional before I revel in the fact that I have things I could potentially use to my advantage... though I'd never do that of course >.>

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      Ben W Bell on

      @erodahs They're three copies of the same game. The $125 level is entitled to 3 copies. 1 digital, 1 for the USB drive and one for the disk version of the game.

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      erodahs on

      Yeah I have to admit some confusion as well. Are they for different versions or are they just three copies of the same game.

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      degradoid on

      Thank you.
      These steam keys doesn't include Shadowrun Returns Deluxe content (soundtrack + anthology), aren't they?

    32. Ammariel on

      Glad to hear Stravos

    33. RC on

      Hoi Stavros!

      I'm happy you received your keys, Chummer! Have you considered what you'll do with your two spare keys? ^_^

    34. Stavros Tsiakalos on

      Also, giving steam keys for each copy is a pretty decent move HBS. (there I said something positive :P )

    35. Stavros Tsiakalos on

      RC, I got me keys ;)

    36. Ed Mayhall on

      Cool. I was just visiting to ask about the 2 extra keys and if I could gift them. Thanks for the update on that already and for all the hard work!

    37. Marc Aranha on

      Ah, makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.

    38. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on

      The first key is for being a Backer, the second key is the one that we weren't able to put on the dog tag (but that you can load onto the dogtag yourself), and the third key is for the DVD-Rom copy in the Boxed Set. Since the DVD can't be updated over time, it's not truly a copy of the game. You are free to keep or give away the extra keys as you wish.

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      Simon Gruber on

      I had to change my address as I moved this month. I made the change just now, is that still early enough to get the physical boni shipped there?

    40. Marc Aranha on

      Confused about the 3 keys as well ($125 backer). I assume one is the extra copy we were supposed to get on the USB dog tag, but not sure what the 3rd is. Unless we get 3 copies now...

    41. Ryan "Keokuk" Smith on

      Thank you so much for the timely release of your product, and for taking the extra month to polish it. I understand how valuable your time is and that you don't have an infinite amount of it.

      Thanks for keeping most of your promises, and while I find the drm/dlc a little saddening I am happy that you were up front about your limitations.

      You did a lot right and very little wrong and hopefully the game you made is everything you'd want it to be, and something we'll be pleased to play.

    42. James McKendrew

      Judging by the wording that my pledge level entitles me to three keys, I take this to mean I have three licenses for the game to distribute as I see fit. I am like unto a GOD amongst my Shadowrun dice-and-paper gaming group. (So naturally, I'm kissing up to the GM first.)

    43. Jeff Abshire

      I'm confused about the three different keys, as well.

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      Ben W Bell on

      So I'm at the $125 level and I got three keys, but with no mention of the differences between them. All Steam keys. Are they all the same or is there a difference with them? I.e. can I give a friend one for example or do I need all three for a reason?

    45. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on

      Hey All - We finished sending out all keys this morning. If you haven't received your email, please check your spam box and shoot us a note at if it's not there. We definitely have quite a few that have bounced back to us so don't panic. We promise to sort it out. Thanks!

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      Mr.SiThNiNjA on

      Ask and you shall receive!! Just got my keys!

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      Mr.SiThNiNjA on

      No keys for me yet either. :-(