Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter so ambitious, it needs more time

The $1.8 million Kickstarter Shadowrun Returns is now scheduled for release in May or June 2013, according to Harebrained Studios.

Shadowrun Returns, the tactical role-playing game that vastly exceeded its $400,000 funding goal, was originally set to launch in January for PC, iOS, and Android devices. But the team needs more time for development.

"[January] might’ve worked for the scope of the game we originally envisioned, but as our ambitions (read that “features list”) grew, so did the time we needed to deliver!" it wrote on its Kickstarter page. "Plus, we made a big move from our original top-down camera to an isometric point of view, and that took serious R&D time."

The team also created and tested a working prototype called "Run ‘n’ Gun,” expanded its staff, and moved into a bigger space.

Kickstarters are unpredictable — they rely on the faith of backers and guesswork when it comes to financial needs and production. Much of the work involved happens after funding is complete, not before. As long as Harebrained Studios delivers, as it says, backers shouldn't be worried.

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