Shadowrun Returns is a cyberpunk tactical role-playing video game under development by Harebrained Schemes, an indie game publisher led by Jordan Weisman, the creator of the Shadowrun tabletop role-playing game. Weisman was originally inspired to create a video game in the Shadowrun universe after reacquiring the rights to it back from Microsoft through his Smith & Tinker startup company in 2007. Not involved with the poorly received 2007 Shadowrun shooter game, Weisman wanted to work on another Shadowrun project that had a more "authentic tone," but due to restrictions on the license, he could not obtain the backing of other publishers for new Shadowrun projects. The success of crowd funding financing models then motivated him to obtain funding for his project, Shadowrun Returns, through the Kickstarter crowd funding platform. The project was opened to pledges in March 2012 and met its funding goal of USD 400,000 within 28 hours.
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