Shadowrun Returns expansion Dragonfall has been spun-off into a standalone version, which is arriving next week (and free for owners of the original). This 'Director's Cut' comes with a bunch of new content and a few welcome changes, including a new user interface, enhanced visual effects, and a more fleshed-out companion system. We knew a little about all this, but not much, a few weeks back. Now, the new stuff has been detailed in full in a new Kickstarter update post.
Shadowrun Returns' Dragonfall expansion was a huge improvement over the main campaign, so it was a little frustrating that you were required to fork out for Returns in order to play it, particularly when it only shared a setting with the original game. As mentioned last month, the situation is thankfully about to change, with a new standalone version of Dragonfall that will be available for free for existing owners (and Kickstarter backers). A few more details have just come to light about what the new version entails, and it sounds like there will be quite a bit of additional content on offer, along with changes to the combat system and interface. There is also a release date: 18th September.
Harebrained Schemes has announced that Shadowrun: Dragonfall will be re-released in late summer in a heavily upgraded, standalone Director's Cut edition.
Jacking back into Shadowrun Returns for the new Dragonfall campaign, I thought I was ready for anything. In a post-magipocalypse future where trenchcoated, wizardly elves cast shield spells on hacker allies while orcs with machine guns shower them with lead, it pays to be prepared. Dragonfall managed to get the drop on me, though. I wasn’t expecting one of the most memorable and complex RPG stories of the decade.
It's a pretty amazing time to be living in right now, because we get to pick exactly which dystopian future we want to be a part of. Google own a menagerie of military robots, which opens up many potential paths involving sentient AIs and humanity's eventual destruction. That's pretty cool in itself, but we can still course-correct toward a Shadowrun scenario. We just need a rival megacorp to engineer some wizards. How about it, Yahoo?
To help us create an accurate depiction of that cybermage reality, Shadowrun Returns' upcoming expansion moves the turn-based RPG action to a new location: the "stable anarchy" of Berlin. Called Dragonfall, the expansion is due out on February 27th, and will not only offer a new campaign and setting, but will also address one of the original game's main complaints with an improved save system. A new trailer details what you can expect.