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Shadowrun Returns will get a third campaign despite Necropolis, job listing reveals

Shadowrun Returns

You could say that 36,000 backers and the Shadowrun license allowed Harebrained Schemes the chance to build some creative muscle, before moving on to more ambitious things - namely the angular action-roguelike, Necropolis.

But that narrative belies the fact that the new Shadowrun games were doing wonderful stuff in their own right for the prosey RPG form, and were only getting better over time. So it’s a relief to know that there’s a future for the series beyond the standalone Shadowrun: Dragonfall released on Steam in September.

The official word from Harebrained is that they’d like to do another Shadowrun campaign, but don’t have any current plans.

Yet the developers posted an ad for a new lead artist in early October - weeks after Dragonfall’s director’s cut appeared on Steam.

The job listing, spotted by RPG Codex, specifically references the studio’s “next Shadowrun campaign”. It also gives the project a predicted running time of six months minimum. 

That swift pace of development, along with Harebrained's request that the new artist be au fait with isometric games, suggests the new campaign will be built atop the same toolset Harebrained put together for Shadowrun Returns.

Expect a “riveting new story in the Shadowrun Universe”, and an art style consistent with the precedent set by the Dead Man’s Switch campaign.

Harebrained’s art director, Mike McCain, dove straight into Necropolis development after Dragonfall - which would explain the need for a new hire on a concurrent Shadowrun project.

The studio ask that their new employee has “seen Blade Runner”. “Because, come on.”

Shadowrun Returns had a habit of splitting its story and stabbing sections into binary segments - but the sheer strength of its writing saw it become a really excellent example of the recent RPG renaissance. Did you ever get around to playing it?

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Amdisity Avatar
3 Years ago

Mnnnnm, my happy face is on right now.

Nice follow-up article after the Necropolis announcement, quashing any fears we had of no further Shadowruns, thanks!

MrJinxed Avatar
3 Years ago

Oh man, I really hope to see another campaign for Shadowrun. And not just one, but a continuous stream of them. I thoroughly enjoyed both campaigns, and would have hated to see it end after those two.

Caff Avatar
3 Years ago

Hooray! Dragonfall was excellent and I hoped they'd do some kind of follow up with the engine (hopefully with a great story too).