Harebrained Schemes chief Jordan Weisman

We’ve been closely tracking the amazing response to the Kickstarter campaign for Shadowrun Returns, the revival of Jordan Weisman’s popular role-playing video-game. And we thought it was impressive when the project reached its initial funding goal of $400,000 in less than 28 hours.

Well, the money just keeps rolling in.

Amazingly, as of today more than 23,000 donors have contributed a whopping $1,074,647. And here’s the crazy thing: There’s still 13 days to go.

In his sixth video message update, Weisman explains what’s next now that they’ve topped the $1 million mark.

“We can’t believe it. We set out a goal and you guys have met it,” says Weisman in the video. “You have built another city in the world of Shadowrun, and we can’t wait to bring it to life for you.”

Harebrained Schemes' thank you message to Shadowrun fans

With the new funds, Weisman said his designers will add “more depth” to the game in the form of more characters, stories and props.

The veteran gamer also announced a new goal, explaining that if the game reaches $1.5 million in funding that they will develop an exclusive mission just for those Kickstarter donors who contributed.

“It is a little reward,” said Weisman. “What comes after that? Who knows. If we are lucky enough to get past that, we have some pretty twisted ideas of what could happen at $2 million. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe this is the best performing Kickstarter campaign ever to emerge from a Seattle team. They still have a long way to go to reach the most-funded project of all time. On March 13th, Double Fine Adventure closed out its campaign at $3.3 million from more than 87,000 backers.

Here’s Weisman expressing his enthusiasm over the Kickstarter community’s responses to the game.


Related: On the GeekWire podcast and radio show this weekend, we had a conversation with Stephen Toulouse about the rise of Kickstarter as a crowdfunding platform. Check it out here.

Comments

  • Guest

    No question that HBS is doing great, but the biggest kickstarter campaign ever will be:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android?ref=live

  • http://twitter.com/ArcComputer david prokop

    another local kickstarter project – Wingz keyboardhttp://www.kickstarter.com/pro…

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