Shadowrun Online, co-op, tactical turn-based RPG set in the Shadowrun universe, has a few announcements for us today. First off, it will no longer be known as Shadowrun Online, but Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown instead.
Managing Director of cliffhanger, Jan Wagner, explained that the title is too misleading, with some folk thinking the name meant that the game would be a full MMORPG complete with a persistent world and others thought it would be just a free-to-play browser game. However, Wagner commented that,
“The core vision of the game has always focused on experiencing the world of Shadowrun together with your friends and meeting other players, swapping stories and exchanging strategies as well as a creating a space for actual role-playing with others. This to us is the core experience of Pen and paper roleplaying – a shared imagination and story experience. But a lot of people thought that the title meant they had to play it in multiplayer and didn’t even check it out.”
It’s understandable, therefore, that Cliffhanger has today announced the the game will no longer be known as Shadowrun Online as they are renaming it to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown, a name decided on together with the community of Shadowrun and the game’s Kickstarter Backers. The hope is that this will more accurately portray the kind of game players will be buying into, that is: a Shadowrun game that may, or may not, be played as a multiplayer game. It will offer a campaign which can be played either solo or with up to 4 players in co-op mode, there will also be a live multiplayer hub and PvP matches.
Shadowrun Chronicles will be released on April 28th, 2015 for PC, as well as Mac and Linux on Steam, in English, French and German and will be available in retail stores as well as digitally.
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