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Steam and DRM-Free Shadowrun Returns in June

A new update to the Kickstarter for Shadowrun Returns says the release of Harebrained Schemes' upcoming cyberpunk tactical RPG will be release in June, and that those interested in the Collector's Edition should get their preorders in by April 28th. They also mention another deadline, saying the Harebrained Account Website is now online, and that backers should soon begin receiving emails with login information, stressing that it is essential that backers login and fill in their information by April 22nd in order to receive their backer rewards. They also announce the game will be distributed through Steam and support the Steam Workshop, noting that Steam will make it easier for them to support it across Windows, OS X, and Linux. This does not, however, mean they are going back on their promise of a DRM-free game:

We realize that for some of you, releasing on Steam isn’t your first choice but there are a lot of really great things we get from this decision that allow us to focus on the game rather than on making things like backend servers to deploy and manage shared content. From the start, we’ve had to make practical decisions like this one to ensure we get the most out of the support you’ve given us. We consider this to be the best option for everyone.

Now, that may prompt the question, “What about DRM-free?” To honor our original promise of a DRM-free version of the game, the Harebrained Account Website will also contain a downloadable version of Shadowrun Returns that does not include Steam integration. While this version will include the Seattle story (and Berlin, via a one-time update), without Steam integration, it will be unable to browse and play community-created stories from within the game. Any future DLC will only be available through Steam.

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