Kickstarter success Shadowrun Returns delayed until June 2013

shadowrun returns release date

During the great Kickstarter rush of spring 2012, when every classic series from Leisure Suit Larry to Wasteland was getting a second lease on life thanks to crowd-funding, one of the biggest success stories was Shadowrun Returns. Shadowrun pen-and-paper RPG creator Jordan Weisman and his new studio Hairbrained Schemes set out to raise $400,000 to develop a new PC/mobile game in the series. By the time the Kickstarter campaign wrapped up at the end of April, Hairbrained had raised $1.8 million for the game and planned to release it in January 2013. Now the game won’t be available until May 2013 at the earliest.

In a Thanksgiving update on the Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter page, Hairbrained announced that the game would be delayed precisely because the studio had raised so much more money than it expected. With additional funds came a lot more content.

“We’ve backed off our original delivery date of 2013. It might’ve worked for the scope of the game we originally envisioned but as our ambitions (read that ‘feature list’) grew, so did the time we needed to deliver,” reads the message, “Plus, we made a big move from our original top down camera to an isometric point of view and that took serious R&D time. Right now, according to our estimates, we’re looking at May or June.”

Shadow Returns is just one of many Kickstarter-funded games expected out in 2013. Camouflaj’s République, InXile’s Wasteland 2, and Double Fine’s still unnamed collaboration between Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer are just a few of the projects that collectively raised millions of dollars from enthusiastic fans, all of which are due out next year. With those Kickstarter campaigns long since completed, these studios are now getting into the thick of development and are getting a more realistic sense of when their projects will actually be finished.

That’s not to say that Shadowrun Returns’ delay is the start of a guaranteed trend, but it’s very likely that many Kickstarter-funded games are going to miss their estimated release windows. While crowd-funding is a blessing for the development of creative video games, one draw back is that wholly independent studios aren’t overseen by anyone. That’s great because there’s no pesky publisher insisting that the developer ship a broken game, but on the other hand those that contribute to the campaign have to take it on faith that the project they paid for will actually be finished.


Dataminers discover SNES games, more emulators for Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online may soon launch SNES games and more emulators, according to data miners. The list of hidden SNES titles include Breath of Fire 2 and Star Fox 2, while the other emulators may be the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube.

You're never too broke to enjoy the best free-to-play games

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially-popular League of Legends.

Among hundreds of choices, these are the best 25 SNES games of all time

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System might be the greatest game console ever made, but what are the best titles for the system? Here are our picks for the best SNES games.

Who needs a Switch? These 25 games prove there's fun to be found on 3DS

The 3DS is home to a large library, including some of the greatest games Nintendo has ever published. We've compiled this list of some of the best Nintendo 3DS games currently available.

It's dangerous to go alone! Have fun with friends in our favorite co-op games

Video games don't always have to be so brutal, dog-eat-dog experiences! Here are some of our all-time favorite co-op games across a range of different platforms, genres, and difficulties.

‘RollerCoaster Tycoon 2’ ride takes 12 years to complete

A RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 player has constructed a coaster in the game that will take more than 12 years to complete from beginning to end, and is actually a tiny ride taking up a small portion of the landscape.
Product Review

'New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe' is 2D platforming wizardry

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the latest Wii U game to come back from the dead on Switch. And wow, it’s much better than we remembered.

‘Battlefield V’ adds Squad Conquest mode in ‘Lightning Strikes’ update

Electronic Arts and DICE have detailed what is included in the Battlefield V update Lightning Strikes. The update includes access to the mode Squad Conquest through the end of January.

Here's everything you need to know to trade in 'Pokémon Go'

After literally years of waiting, Pokémon Go finally gives trainers the option to trade Pokémon with others. It's not easy, though, and the cost is quite high if you try trading with strangers.

‘Rocket League’ is the latest game to get full cross-platform play

Psyonix has announced that Rocket League now supports full cross-platform play across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, joining Fortnite as the only games to do so.

Here's what you need to know about 'World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth'

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is the latest expansion for the now 14-year-old MMORPG. It goes back to the roots of the Alliance vs. Horde conflict. Here's what you need to know.
Virtual Reality

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome apps will change your mind

Virtual reality isn't all about gaming. Swim with turtles, paint in 3D, and immerse yourself in some unique experiences the platform has to offer with our curated list of the best VR apps.

Latest ‘Fortnite’ update channels Halo with a scoped revolver

The latest update for Fortnite, update 7.20, is now available, and it brings a new Scoped Revolver weapon to the game alongside the returning Glider item and a limited-time Snipers-only mode.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ will make Blackout mode free to play this week

Treyarch and Activision are offering Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode as a free trial download for a limited time. The mode will be available from January 17 through January 24.