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Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified

The Kickstarter page for Shadowrun Returns has word from Harebrained Schemes about their promise to provide a DRM-free version of the Shadowrun revival, and how this will and will not conflict with their plans to offer a version on Steam in addition to a standalone release. They explain that their license agreement with Microsoft actually requires the game and its DLC to include DRM, and while they managed to negotiate an exception to provide DRM-free editions of the game and the Berlin Campaign reward DLC for their backers, this will not apply to any other releases, so they will not be able to sell the game on GOG.com or in any other DRM-free way, and all future DLC after Berlin Campaign will be only release though Steam. So to sum this up: Kickstarter backers of Shadowrun Returns are entitled to a DRM-free standalone version of the game with editor and mod support (and future patches) as well as a DRM-free copy of the reward DLC, but if they want to purchase future DLC after that, they must install the Steam version (which is also included in their backer rewards). Thanks nin.

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110. Re: Shadowrun Returns DRM Clarified Apr 16, 2013, 00:00 Creston
 
El Pit wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 00:04:
So, whoever thinks that a game should not have save points (consolitis) and likes evolving characters and loot (all of that was in classic crpgs!), is now a "Joe Bro" and games that give you that are "WoW with guns". I.e., whoever criticizes "SR" touches a nerve here that makes the counter a kind of hilarious overreaction.

I specifically stated that I'm not calling YOU a Joe Bro console crowd, I was alluding to the fact that the media is constantly asking the kickstarter crews "how are you going to make your game accessible to the greatest amount of people." (or, in other words, how are you going to get the console players to like your game?)

And their reply is always "We aren't."

So when you say "Well, they better put in loot and savegames or they're losing a sale!" I'm pointing out that they don't care.

This game is made for the people who put up their money at the start. Not for those who might like it after the fact.

Creston
 
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