Shadowrun Returns DLC out late October

Developer Harebrained Schemes prototyping gameplay and mission ideas for Berlin campaign; Linux and multi-language versions in the works.

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Shadowrun Returns will be getting new downloadable content starting with a campaign titled Berlin.

A first glimpse at the upcoming Shadowrun Returns DLC.

According to an announcement from developer Harebrained Schemes, the DLC will be out late October. "Development of Berlin art is already underway, and our design team is also starting to prototype gameplay and mission ideas for the Berlin campaign," the announcement stated.

The developer will be working on a Linux version of the game, though a release date has not been announced. The studio will also be working on Spanish, Italian, German, and French language versions, which is due early October.

Shadowrun Returns is out on PC. The RPG was praised for its cyberpunk world, combat and skill, while it was panned for its save system, linear structure, and simplicity of exploration.

Discussion

43 comments
Crush_Project
Crush_Project

i keep hearing the rumor everywhere that this dlc is supposed to release a lot of the features you'd see on the old genesis version.

I really hope so, id rather they just added more stuff to the editor rather then some new textures and a quick campaign.  Heck ive heard theres even a skill system that's viewable by the hex editor, so if just that alone comes down ill be happy.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Good to hear, I'll be buying it for sure. I can't imagine the DLC for a $20 game will cost all that much. I guess it is time for me to put off finishing the game heh.

Jay
Jay

I'm rather boggled by the notion that 1) DLC was unexpected and 2) some people expect to be free of charge. 

The game was $20; that's fantastically inexpensive for something outside of a Steam or Amazon Summer Sale. Furthermore, the single-player Seattle campaign is understandably linear given the short development cycle and the fact that Harebrained set out to make a great development kit for campaigns and mods, not necessarily an amazing single-player experience.

To do something on the open-ended scale of Fallout could easily require another 6 to 12 months of writing and development. A story that epic may be something coming down the pipe later on, but for now what we have is more of a taste of what you (or some other intrepid soul) can do with the tools they've created.

Hence, why $20, not $40, and why there is DLC.

blackothh
blackothh

I have been keeping my eye on the game, just have not had the time to sit down to buy it and have play time yet.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

A very good game. Cant wait for the DLC!


dj_ene-miss
dj_ene-miss

This game remind me of the good old days of Fallout 1 and 2. That is what makes it appear even more mediocre. Sad really, it has such a nice world, it could be the real Fallout 3.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

out for less than a month and there we go with dlc. there we go.

WilliamChase
WilliamChase

this game should be free, the DLC should only have to be sold.

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TimeFrame
TimeFrame

I started up the game yesterday and got to play an hour. I must admit, so far I think the writing is really good, the gfx have a nice vibe to them and the gameplay seems solid enough albeit perhaps a bit simple in the long run!?

stevenrkorea
stevenrkorea

If you followed the makers of this game on their web page before the release, it was pretty well known that they had always planned to create DLC called "Berlin".  I also believe that if you were a backer for their kickstarter that you will get Berlin for free.


I do agree that the game felt short, but if you remind yourself of the $20 price tag, I think you get 8 hours it.  That's decent.


I believe that Berlin will be a much longer and deeper game than Dead Man's Switch was, as they have the development tools in place to start pumping out the campaigns and won't have to focus on ironing out the actual engine the game runs on.  

advocacy
advocacy

It better be for free.  The campaign that came with the full game was far too brief.

cgobeil
cgobeil

That's good news, I only hope it's less linear than the main campaign.

halBU
halBU

I must've missed it. I couldn't find the word "free" in this article anywhere.

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

@Fursnake They originally said it would be free, unless that has changed.

keyb0red
keyb0red

@Jay some of the guys here would complain the sky is blue given the chance. I thought it was excellent for a mere $20, a solid 8.0 in my books (reminds me of the first Fallout) and definitely looking forward to Berlin

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Nah man that's it incorrect... They only thing they share it scope is the isometric view and gameplay turn based style. Fallout 1 and 2 was a complete open world that allowed you to do anything you wanted too... If you wanted to destroy a town you could or go anywhere you wanted too, at any time across a huge open world map.. And plus within the open world map you had hiuge story/quest driven towns/cities.. There was a ton more content in both of the fallouts.. I wish the game had been more like it.. I have to be honest but fallout 1 and 2 completely blows this game out of the water in sheer turns of freedom, playable and size..

snxx
snxx

@dj_ene-miss Develop magazine published, in 2010, one article calculating the average cost of an AAA game to be somewhere between 18 and 28 million dollars...

So, while I agree it would be great if the game was larger and more open, it's a game funding by Kickstarter with only 10% of the funds needed to make a "lower end" average AAA game back in 2010.

All things considered, I believe the results are great. Even more for the backers, that paid U$15,00 (at least) and are getting not only the game, but the Berlin DLC as well (and the backers were the ones who picked Berlin as the setting for the upcoming DLC).

snxx
snxx

@Mega_Loser The Berlin campaign was one of the stretch goals of the Kickstarter campaign. If their Kickstarter managed to reach the U$1 million mark, there would be a second campaign, on a second city chosen by the backers, and the backers picked Berlin.

So, it was, since the beginning, something planned to please the backers after the game was released - and each backer will have the new campaign for free.

Now, there's nothing wrong in DLC per se, if the technology/practice is well used. DLC allows developers to provide us, players, with more content and to inject more life and gameplay into a game.

Now, there are ways to abuse DLC, like Tomb Raider charging for a targeting reticle, Sleeping Dogs charging for a new outfit for you character, Tropico 4 charging for a new building and trait for El Presidente, Street Fighter charging for new colors in the fighters' costumes, measly multiplayer map packs that cost 40% of the original game price, day onr DLC... and the list goes on and on.

Those bad practices, however, don't invalidate that DLCs can be used in a proper way, offering you more content without being overpriced and/or originally striped from the game just to be sold to you later.

Blurry85
Blurry85

@TimeFrame I felt the same, but if you continue to progress, the combat gameplay opens up.  Unfortunately, due to the budget mostly, the rest of the game is pretty linear. That should be expected when you consider how little money this game was made with though. 

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

@TimeFrame I guess you could say the gameplay is simple but the combat has enough tactical depth and stuff to it for it stay pretty fun and interesting throughout. It definitely gets better as your character gets stronger and you get more skills and such to play with, and the encounters get a bit harder (never get too hard but again, enough to keep it interesting).

The parts that I think most have found disappointing have been the near absence of exploration and the very linear nature of the campaign. The writing and encounters stay great throughout, and the plot is reasonably interesting, but the game never really opens up. If you were hoping that the game would open up a bit after the early-going you might be disappointed, because it never really does.

Still a fun ride either way.

snxx
snxx

@stevenrkorea The DLC was a stretch goal of the Kickstarter campaign. If they managed to reach U$1 million in funding (which they did), they would make a second campaign. Also, after the game was funded, they opened a series of polls were the backers picked were the second campaign would be based, and the backers chose Berlin. And you are right, all backers will receive Berlin DLC for free. Also, the minimum amount you needed to pledge for the game backing was U$15,00, so, in the end, great value!

About Berlin being longer and deeper... I wouldn't bet on that. The developers promised the second campaign would be akin to the first one. Of course, they may surprise us, but we'll have to wait to see.

snxx
snxx

@advocacy It will be free, for the backers who helped fund the game and picked Berlin as the setting for the second campaign. For all others, just wait for the inevitable steam promo and play the community made content in the between.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@advocacy Your first sentence are my thoughts exactly about everything.


Blurry85
Blurry85

@snxx Gotta love how you say something reasonable and people just completely ignore it :P 

I agree with you entirely.  This game was really well done for something that people don't seem to realize was a small amount of money. 

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@snxx

thanks for taking the time to edit your long reply. i didn't know the dlc was planned during the kickstarting process but knowing it or not doesn't change the fact that there is a chargeable dlc coming out for the game later this year. whether it is an ethical move or not is irrelevant, given that ethics is an abstract notion. what is relevant in this particular case is the company that developed the game and the tools for user-made content are selling their own, new content for money and some will have it for free.

snxx
snxx

@DrizztDark I believe we'll get something more similar to Fallout 1 and 2 in Wasteland 2.

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

@Mega_Loser @snxx the backers took a risk and donated money to the company to make this game, its only fair they get a reward and that reward is free dlc while the rest of us who sat on the fence and played lets see if its any good have to pay for it. Besides its not like its day one dlc that was just stripped from the game this is something that is being made afterwards. I didn't hear people complain when Fallout 3 DLC came out, or Morrowind Expansion packs.

majere613
majere613

@Mega_Loser @snxx Get over it. It's only paid-for DLC if you didn't back the Kickstarter. I didn't, which I now regret because SR is fantastic.

Given that HBS have actually provided the tools for fans to make their own totally free DLC, I hardly think they're a valid target for your vitriol.