March 27, 2014 - Shadowrun Online, the turn-based
MMO successfully funded on Kickstarter, is coming to Steam Early
Access on March 31. A prequel to the first Shadowrun Online
Lockdown (also an upcoming tabletop RPG book), this
introductory offering will focus on the core mechanics of combat.
Cliffhanger Productions Co-Founder, Jan Wagner, talks about the
release and upcoming features of Shadowrun Online in a new
"We are very excited (and a little frightened) to finally show
this first glimpse of the game to the world," said Wagner. "We
don’t want to pile on features unless we have nailed the core
gameplay elements, so we created this small and polished section
for our players to enjoy."
The initial release of Shadowrun Online through Early Access
will provide players with a PvP map, two characters, four missions,
and basic skills. This limited, combat-focused approach will
provide valuable feedback from Kickstarter backers and the Steam
community and help guide development.
Moving forward, incremental updates (approximately monthly) will
allow Cliffhanger Productions to respond to community requests and
to provide players with new content and features, including
character creation, skill progression, and new missions.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and we have
invested everything (and then some) into development. Although we
originally planned to begin our release schedule last year, it
became apparent that our original code-base was too restricting,
and we weren't willing to make compromises due to code limitations.
Our backers and the Shadowrun community have been incredibly
supportive, and more than anything we want to live up to their
Shadowrun Online: Lockdown will be cross-platform when it
releases, allowing people to play on PC, Mac, and mobile