The next game in the popular cyberpunk RPG series Shadowrun is to be set in Hong Kong, it has been revealed.
Developers Harebrained Schemes confirmed the new setting in an update posted on Shadowrun Returns’ Kickstarter campaign, and follows their release of concept art for the upcoming game last week.
Fans of the franchise had speculated that the game might well be set in Hong Kong, as it came runner-up to Berlin in a 2012 survey to determine the location for Shadowrun Returns’ follow-up DLC, Dragonfall.
During that survey, the developers described the setting of Shadowrun: Hong Kong as follows:
"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."
Shadowrun Returns raised over $1.8 million on Kickstarter back in 2012, and released last year to positive reviews. A dedicated crowdfunding campaign is set to be launched for Shadowrun: Hong Kong in January.