`Harebrained Schemes seems to have a knack for crushing Kickstarter funding goals.
The Seattle-based gaming startup has raised more than $930,000 for its new version of Shadowrun Returns called Shadowrun: Hong Kong. The company originally set a funding goal of $100,000, which has been surpassed more than nine-fold.
The new Shadowrun game, which includes 12 hours of gameplay and is set for a mid-2015 release, follows up on two other titles: Shadowrun Returns, which brought in $1.8 million on Kickstarter in 2012, and Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut. The “cyberpunk cRPG” games are a revival of the classic Shadowrun role-playing game that debuted back in 1989.
In the video below, Harebrained Schemes CEO Jordan Weisman notes that Shadowrun Returns was completely funded by Kickstarter backers.
“This time, it’s more of a co-funding proposition, which is something a studio our size might go to a publisher for,” Weisman said of Shadowrun: Hong Kong. “So far, you’ve helped us avoid such complications and that allows us to serve just one master, you, the audience.”
Harebrained Schemes also raised more than $500,000 in October 2013 for a digitally-enhanced board game called “Golem Arcana.”
Weisman, a Seattle-based serial entrepreneur, is known for startups including FASA, Virtual World Entertainment, Wizkids, 42 Entertainment, and Smith & Tinker.