Jagged Alliance Online developer, Cliffhanger Productions, has gone to Kickstarter to help get Shadowrun Online finished and on the market. The developer is asking for $500,000 and at the time of writing, they are currently at $77,114 with 25 days to go. It’s not surprising that they’ve turned to Kickstarter for help with how expensive MMO’s cost to make.
“While our MMO is extremely modest by the big budget standards of today, it costs far more than a development company of our size is able to afford on our own,” the team said.
“Due to the license restraints, it is hard to get traditional publishers interested, and we didn’t want to give away creative control over the project, or the ability to shape the game together with you, the fans.
“We have invested a considerable amount of our own, and our friends’ and relatives’ money, into laying the groundwork for the game and technology, but the bulk of the project and most of the content requires your pledges. We hope there is enough Shadowrun love out there, to make this game become a reality, and humbly thank you for your support. Let’s shape the future of Shadowrun together!”
Shadowrun Online will be free-to-play but will also give players a chance to become a premium member with a $10 subscription service per month. Something much like what developer, Turbine, is doing with Lord of the Rings Online. Thankfully the premium service will reduce the amount of constant hours you’ll need to spend grinding. Not only that, but it will improve your in-game reputation, earn you karma get you a few good discounts at in-game vendors.
“These boosts are designed and balanced with the rest of the game so they don’t break gameplay, as there are still basic requirements that must be reached before a character can use that snazzy new weapon he or she just purchased at a discount,” the team said. “Overall, the premium subscription will save players some time, and let you focus on the really important adventuring and challenges.”
Anyone looking forward to Shadowrun Online after the first installment released in 2007?