This Kickstarter update for Shadowrun Returns offers a first look trailer with alpha gameplay footage from Harebrained Schemes' upcoming 2D turn-based RPG revival. Here's word on the clip, which runs nearly 20 minutes: "Remember as you watch the video that all the environments, conversations, and tactical situations you see were created using the Shadowrun Returns Editor - the same editor that will ship with the game on OSX and Windows. For us, re-energizing Shadowrun doesn’t just mean making a game for you to play and enjoy (although that sounds GREAT). It means creating a set of tools for YOU to experiment with, express yourself with, and share."
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Beelzebud wrote on Mar 9, 2013, 16:48: Yeah they're so dead to big publishers that Firaxis had a hit with one at the end of last year. A little game called X-Com. The idea that gamers don't want to play this style of game is an assertion that needs to die, as it has been shown to be false over and over again. It's as silly as the notion that "PC gaming is dead", that many industry insiders were telling everyone just 2 years ago.
There's this little thing called semantics. The part where x-com is NOT an RPG. I thought of x-com before I replied and my reply was addressed to his specific wording.
And I never said gamers don't want to play. I implied but I'll state more clearly outright, the number of gamers that DO want to play them are beneath the big publishers notice.
Thats why I'm very glad kickstarter is filling in those gaps, letting those games get made.
Also, "PC gaming is dead" has been said for 10 or more years. I'd say PC gaming is experiencing a resurgence. A large part of the movement is due to indies and the digital PC marketplace valve did with steam. And now, more recently, kickstarter and similar crowdfunding projects.
And while the percentage of PC owners being gamers might be smaller, the absolute numbers are still very significant, and way way larger than the classic gaming days like fallout 1. And often PC gaming revenue categories on the big publishers are fairly close to any other one platform, even a console platform.