||04-10-2013 11:35 AM
Shadowrun Returns Coming This June, DLC and Mods Only Available on Steam
Hairbrained Schemes has confirmed the June release date for Shadowrun Returns
, which hopefully means there won't be any further delays.
The update also contains a contentious bit of news. Although there will still be a DRM-free option for backers, the game will additionally be released on Steam and have integrated Steamworks. Any future DLC and community-created content will only be available for the Steam version, a revelation that has generated nearly 600 comments from angry people. Backers will still receive a Steam code, but they're mad that the DRM-free version will basically be pointless and force them to play on Steam if they want any extra content.
After a lot of prototyping and research, we decided that our best delivery option for OSX/Windows/Linux is to go the route that great games (like Skyrim!) have taken and embrace Steam and the Steam Workshop. Steam allows us to provide up-to-date downloads and patching along with a vibrant ecosystem for developing community-created content and file sharing.
So, we're happy to announce that all Backers will receive a Steam Key for the game and will be able to contribute and browse community-created content using Steam Workshop.
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.