Harebrained Schemes had recently teased the setting of their next Shadowrun game with a piece of concept art that appeared to be a heavily populated Asian city. Today in an update on the Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter page, the developer revealed the new location to be none other than Hong Kong.
The reveal post today featured the same image that was previously teased, but with the game’s title, Shadowrun: Hong Kong, at the top of the image. According to a survey Harebrained Schemes sent to Shadowrun: Returns backers in 2012 to select the city of the Dragonfall expansion, this is the description of Hong King according to the developers:
Hong Kong finds itself now as an independent city/state in 2050. Both ancient and modern Hong Kong seems to be at peace on the same island. It’s corporate sponsored City Center rivals any in the world for splendor and corporate intrigue. All the megcorps are there as well as all smaller ones that love to think they can play with the big boys (and maybe even steal a secret or two). Yet, just outside the city center you will find ancient temples and shrines. Each one situated on the many dragon lines that cross the island. Dragon lines are mysterious and powerful paths of magic that the monks claim hold the secrets of the great dragons themselves. Protecting the monks and running the underworld are the mysterious syndicate called the Triads – gangs that control their island, protect their secret masters and really really hate the Yakuza.
A setting featuring some sort of gang war between the Triads and Yakuza that is filled with cyberpunk trolls and mages could be an incredible pretense for a new game. Considering the strides made between Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall, I’m eager to see what new tweaks and gameplay additions are in store for us with Shadowrun: Hong Kong.
Shadorun: Hong Kong currently has no known platforms, but the PC is a safe bet to be the first to receive the game. A Kickstarter campaign for Shadowrun: Hong Kong is set to launch sometime next month.