$500,000 Sought For Free To Play MMO
Following in the footsteps of singleplayer-centric Shadowrun Returns, which successfully Kickstarted nearly $2 million earlier this year, Cliffhanger productions is seeking crowd funding capital for their browser-based MMO set in the same dark and gritty universe. Shadowrun Online was announced last October, and plans to offer an emergent transmedia player-driven storyline for free in browsers or tablets.
Cliffhanger is teaming up with creative talent from Catalyst Game Labs and Hare Brained Schemes as well as previous Shadowrun authors, coordinating on story elements and pooling writing talent. That cooperation will lead to allowing players to directly affect the ongoing tabletop storyline through their game play of Shadowrun Online and also connect to the Shadowrun Returns plot. Player decisions will ultimately drive the storyline forward, and change the core Shadowrun lore for better or worse. "I think coordination between the different Shadowrun products is important,” said Jason Hardy, Shadowrun Line Developer for the tabletop RPG. “I've been really pleased at how open the different parties have been to pooling cool ideas and coming up with ways to interweave plot lines to make the playing experience as awesome as possible."
The online game will available for the browser on PC and Mac as well as Android Tablets and iPads, using the Unity3D engine to create high quality graphics and visual effects. In Shadowrun Online players take on missions alone or together in the dystopian world of the 2070s, ranging from hustling a local Ork gang, to stealing valuable cargo from a ghoul-infested warehouse, through infiltrating a remote megacorp research lab to sabotage a top-secret project.
Players will meet and mingle in social hubs and infamous establishment, to form runner teams and pick up missions. Runs will take place on "beautifully detailed 3D maps," which will encourage both combat, stealth, and strategy. Different characters will perceive the world differently, and be able to interact with different parts of the world, from tactical overlays to augmented reality or assessing the spirit world.
Cliffhanger would also "like to support" the OUYA console, which will the first home console to easily facilitate Free To Play games.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here. (thanks for reminding us, theslickmeister)