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Shadowrun Returns RPG To Go Into Beta For Linux Soon

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It's been a while in the making but Shadowrun Returns is set to go into beta for Linux soon thanks to the developers for letting us know.

I did my usual thing of keeping in touch with developers and got this response on it:

@gamingonlinux Getting close to setting up a beta test branch on Steam so folks can help us test. We'll send up flares when it's ready.

Harebrained Schemes (@WeBeHarebrained) September 9, 2013


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MAN MEETS MAGIC & MACHINE. The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner - a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done... by any means necessary.

In the urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex, the search for a mysterious killer sets you on a trail that leads from the darkest slums to the city’s most powerful megacorps. You will need to tread carefully, enlist the aid of other runners, and master powerful forces of technology and magic in order to emerge from the shadows of Seattle unscathed.

The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun has gained a huge cult following since its creation nearly 25 years ago. Now, creator Jordan Weisman returns to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG.

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Gripping Tactical Combat: When you’re running the shadows, every turn matters. Choose your actions wisely - move to better cover, charge into melee, or lob a fireball into a crowd of enemies. With the variety of weapons and spells at your disposal, every turn is filled with meaningful choices. A successful run requires commanding a team of runners with the right balance of combat, tech, and magical abilities.

Skill-Based Character Progression: Choose a starting character archetype and build from there! Street Samurai and Physical Adepts use advanced combat skills to dominate the battlefield, Shamans and Mages summon powerful allies and cast deadly spells, while Riggers and Deckers provide critical technological support, projecting their consciousness directly into drones and computer systems. Shadowrun Returns’ classless skill system allows you to grow your character in any direction you choose. Want to start summoning spirits as an ork Shaman and evolve into a cybered-up weapon specialist? Do it!

Engaging 2D/3D Art Style: Shadowrun Returns mixes dynamic 3D characters and lighting with a vibrant, hand-painted environment. Illustrated character portraits bring every conversation to life. Explore a world filled with detail, from the slums of the Redmond Barrens to the extravagant offices of powerful corporations. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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4 comments

fubre 12 Sep, 2013
Awesome news. I played it a bit on launch and loved it but have not had the time to continue so I can switch playing on Linux soon.
Sabun 12 Sep, 2013
Is the gameplay fun? I'm curious. I've been looking at it in Steam for a while wondering to myself "Wasn't there supposed to be a Linux release of this game?".

I'm glad that there is going to be one in the end :)
Lord Avallon 12 Sep, 2013
Excellent news!
s_d 12 Sep, 2013
Great!  Been waiting a long time for this one.
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