Shadowrun Returns is an upcoming 2.5D isometric, turn-based RPG from Harebrained Schemes. True to the Shadowrun name, the game will be a cyberpunk-themed RPG with elements of high fantasy. The game will be set across two cities; Seattle, Washington and Berlin, Germany. The storyline connects within the existing Shadowrun timeline and both the previous SNES and Genesis games.
The developers wanted the gameplay to combine the strategic turn based combat from the original X-COM and the 2012 remake, with the depth of RPG customisation and film noire style detective work.The
PC and MAC version will also ship be shipped with the same level editor used by the developers to create the game for players to create their own content, allowing users to construct their own environments and original scenarios. User created content can also be uploaded and shared with the wider community.
Set in an alternative future of 2054, the protagonist’s old friend Sam has been murdered . Sam’s sister, Jessica Watts requires help to find out what happened. The player must then go to Seattle, Washington. While at the morgue the player is met by the antagonistically hardboiled Detective Mitch Macklusky. Who tells the player that Sam was another victim of to an organ stealing serial killer or killers(s). From there, the player unraveling will unravel more mysterious organisations and societies.
The composer for the SNES version of Shadowrun, Marshall Parker, and the composer for the Genesis version of Shadowrun, Sam Powell, will collaborate on the music for Shadowrun Returns.
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