With only four days left in our Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, we want to share a few milestone moments and updates on our progress. The team couldn’t be more excited with the outpouring of support for their previous work and the hopes for the new project.
Milestones Reached and the Matrix Revealed….
We had an incredibly strong launch for Shadowrun: Hong Kong and the project was funded in just 1 hour and 46 minutes – which might end up being the biggest software Kickstarter in the last 12 months! As with all our games, we listen hard to what our audience is looking for and added exciting new features, characters, and missions as each funding level was reached.
To the delight of our Backers, we smashed through 12 funding goals including our $700k goal, which unlocked a revamp to the art & gameplay of the Matrix.Here’s a brand new piece of look & feel concept art for the new Matrix. This piece illustrates how different locations in the Matrix can be customized by various megacorporations in the game setting.
We are now on track to reach our $1 million funding goal that will allow us to create an a 4-5 hour Shadows of Hong Kong MINI-CAMPAIGN which takes place after the story ends. The mini-campaign will allow players to import their character from Shadowrun: Hong Kong to extend their challenge. The Shadows of Hong Kong Mini-Campaign will be FREE to Backers at the $15 level and up and will be available for purchase as DLC when it is released
Keeping in mind both tabletop fans and fans of the SNES and Genesis videogames, we also added two new bonuses for Backers at the $35 level and up, as well as a new $65 and $100 Reward Level.
$35 REWARD LEVEL BONUSES
In addition to the rest of the rewards at their level, all Backers at $35 and above will get an Audio Commentary Track from the Shadowrun Development Team and Two Hi-Res Digital Posters.
The Audio Commentary will feature the writers, designers, artists, engineers, and composer discussing how the game was made, challenges they faced, and fun they had making the game. The Posters will be a Timeline of Shadowrun History and a Glossary of Shadowrun Slang. When placed side by side, they will create a beautiful Shadowrun Panorama.
$65 REWARD LEVEL
A $65 Reward Stand-Alone Level was added for backers who don’t play tabletop RPGs but want to support the project in a big way. These backers get all three Shadowrun games and soundtracks, exclusive character portraits, an original Shadowrun e-novel by Mel Odom based on Shadowrun: Hong Kong and more!
$100 REWARD LEVEL
The $100 Reward Level is for folks who love fiction and trivia and adds a fully-annotated digital version of the original, long out-of-print Shadowrun short story anthology Into the Shadows to the other rewards.
The new Anthology will include an updated foreword by Jordan Weisman, the creator of Shadowrun, plus an original new short story by Tom Dowd, a co-creator.
Kickstarter and Backers love our approach!
We took a different approach to funding this project – asking our audience to co-fund additions to the game with us rather than funding the entire project through Kickstarter – and the response from our audience and the gaming community was great! The team is very excited that they’ll be able to create all the great additions that our Backers graciously funded.
Luke Crane, Games Lead at Kickstarter, mentors many of the video game campaigns on the platform and sees Harebrained Schemes as a model Kickstarter company. Here’s what Luke had to say about us:
“We’re so glad that we kicked off 2015 with a new Shadowrun project. For nearly three years now, the Harebrained Schemes Shadowrun team has been delivering way more than they promised to their Kickstarter backers, and the new Hong Kong installment looks to continue the tradition.”
** See the Kickstarter page for a full description of all the Kickstarter Backer Rewards ***Keep an eye on us in the final stretch and we’ll keep you updated on all of our Shadowrun: Hong Kong news!