We know that so-called kickstarter-fatigue has already well and truly settled in for many of you, as more independent developers come out cap-in-hand promising us great niche concepts that mainstream publishers deem to high-risk, but here's a new one that's pretty hard to ignore.
Acclaimed strategy-RPG developer -- of both the video game and pen and paper variety -- Jordan Weisman of FASA Interactive, Mechwarrior and Shadownrun fame has taken to Kickstarter with the team at Hairbrained Schemes with the goal of bringing a new 2D tactical Shadowrun offering to the world.
Shadowrun Returns (for Apple & Android tablets and PCs) is the game that Shadowrun fans have been waiting for a long time. A graphically rich 2D turn-based single player game with deep story interaction, meaningful character development, and highly-contextual tactical combat, Shadowrun Returns is not only going to make some old geeks (like us) very happy but it will introduce new players to a dynamic gaming universe that is beloved around the world.
Judging by the progress so far -- it's already half way there after only a few hours -- this particular project is not going to have any trouble raising it's modest $400,000 goal, but pledging now will still net you a pre-order for a DRM-free digital copy of the game when it eventually materialises.
Watch the pledge video below for a detailed explanation of their intentions, including their commitment to releasing complete user-content creation support alongside the game and acknowledgement that the 2007 Shadowrun first person shooter was not the game that fans wanted.