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Justifying the enormous trust of Kickstarter backers once again, Shadowrun developer Harebrained Schemes has not only delivered a stellar game but now they’ve fulfilled the $1,000,000 stretch goal and added the promised six hour long mini-campaign, even though they originally promised four or five hours. As a result the game has been rebranded Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition to reflect the new content, which is completely free to all owners of Shadowrun: Hong Kong past, present, and future.

Set in the weeks following the events of the main campaign, Shadows of Hong Kong will give you — and your team — the opportunity to turn the tables on the elite corporate police force that once hunted you. Through layers of corporate greed and urban strife, you will contend with dangerous enemies, uncover a deadly conspiracy, and cement your reputation as a Prime Runner… assuming that you survive, of course.

Since the mini-campaign directly follows on from the main story, it’s only accessible upon completion of the main campaign. Players will have the opportunity to import the main character from their finished game and continue their story. Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition also includes over 100+ minutes of audio commentary in the form of interactive icons scattered across the game areas, new visual effects, updated dialogue, and editor features. The best part? It’s 50% off on Steam and GoG right now. For more details, check out their Kickstarter post here.

The Shadowrun games are based off the hit sci-fi tabletop RPG that dared to dream ‘what if?’ and threw Bladerunner and Dungeons & Dragons into a blender. Harebrained Schemes brings to life a grimy world controlled by mega-corporations which are in turn controlled by dragons! Actually, that sounds a lot like our own world. Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall, and Shadowrun: Hong Kong were critically well received, the latter two especially so.


Quick Take

I don’t want to keep harping on about this, but in my mind Harebrained Schemes is the ideal Kickstarter bet. They’ve consistently proven themselves and shown appropriate restraint when handed the keys to the Porsche. I can’t wait to dig into their latest offering.


Mark Richard

As English as fish & chips and twice as greasy, Mark has wielded a keyboard from the age of five and has a green belt in Taekwondo, proving his power level is more or less equal to that of a seven year old.



  • Nope Naw

    I just started up Hong Kong. Initial reaction from the article title before reading the whole thing “Cool, but now I’ve got to buy the game again?”, and apparently that’s not the case. Harebrained Schemes, you guys are the best.

  • webkilla

    This is how you do extra content

  • They did the same thing with Dragonfall, as I recall. If you already owned Shadowrun: Returns you got a copy for free instantly in your Steam library.

    Hairbrained Schemes games are basically becoming day-1 purchases for me at this point (not to mention instantly backing their new projects), they consistently release games I like without any shady bullshit going on in the background and treat their customers with respect. I might also have been influenced a bit by how cool the guys at their PAX Prime booth were when I was trying out Necropolis, they were cool and joked around with me when I got stomped in the demo.

    Everything they do keeps earning my respect. That’s rare these days.

  • Nope Naw

    “They did the same thing with Dragonfall, as I recall. If you already
    owned Shadowrun: Returns you got a copy for free instantly in your Steam
    library.”

    Not quite. Upon recollection, I was on the benefitiary side of that as well. I suppose I’ve been conditioned by the other, less admirable, companies in the industry, to always assume the worst. Hence the kneejerk reaction to the title.

    What they did was that they released Returns, then they made Dragonfall. I bought each separately. After that they released the Director’s Cut of Dragonfall, and gave it to those who owned the original Dragonfall. If you owned Returns at the time of Dragonfall’s release, you didn’t get Dragonfall. At least, I didn’t, and I don’t personally know of anyone that did. Which, by the way, is completely fair. Dragonfall was a whole new, BIG, campaign.

    But yes, I completely agree. Harebrained Schemes have become a very solid studio that I feel very safe in trusting with close to day 1 purchases. I would probably back their kickstarters as well, if I didn’t seem to completely miss them or have backed something else just before they started one.

    How is Necropolis btw? I saw it on Steam and it’s looking really interesting to me.

  • “If you owned Returns at the time of Dragonfall’s release, you didn’t get Dragonfall. At least, I didn’t, and I don’t personally know of anyone that did. Which, by the way, is completely fair. Dragonfall was a whole new, BIG, campaign.”

    That’s actually odd, since at the time I had only owned Shadowrun: Returns (snagged it on sale at the time) and was out of the country and unable to access the internet while they released Dragonfall, only to have it (the Director’s Cut, specifically) in my inventory when I got home. Not that it really matters, since I’ve bought it for like three people since then lol.

    I enjoyed the hell out of my time with Necropolis. Chances are it’s going to dominate my time for awhile after it gets released.

  • Yosharian

    I found it hard to complete Dragonfall. It was way better than Returns though. Not so sure about buying this one.

  • ArsCortica

    Extremely happy to see that the Extended version is free for people who bought the original (much like Dragonfall’s extended version before it).

    Although I thought Hong Kong was a bit weaker than Dragonfall in terms of story and mission design, I can’t wait to delve back into the murky depths of the Asian metropolis.