Shadowrun Returns, DRM-Free on

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The crowd-funded cyberpunk-fantasy themed RPG adventure Shadowrun was well received when it was released in July of this year on Steam, but one complaint that came up here and there was that the game was not DRM-free. Harebrained Schemes recognized that some gamers prefer their PC games to be completely free of any digital rights management, and decided to work with to release a new version for Windows and Mac OS X. Today that deal comes to fruition.

The game is currently available on at a 40 percent discount for the next 48 hours on both OS X and Windows. That puts the game - for a limited time - at about $11.99.

You can learn more about the game by visiting

Source: Blue's News

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Re: Shadowrun Returns, DRM-Free on

It's not a matter of recognizing and deciding. Harebrained Schemes never wanted DRM in the first place, but they were forced to use it by Microsoft. They were lucky to bargain the use of Steam rather than other DRMs. They recently (a month ago) reached a new agreement with Microsoft that allows them to release the game DRM-free. By stating they recognized it now and decided to use GoG, their intent and smarts are heavily ignored and painted in a dumb light. The only mistake they made was making a deal with a dragon.

Re: Shadowrun Returns, DRM-Free on

Sometimes it seems like I'm the only person in the world who doesn't think Steam is the best thing since bread (sliced or not).  But apparently I'm not alone after all.


Re: Shadowrun Returns, DRM-Free on

Best thing since bread, not really. It has however been a huge boon to the PC gaming market at a time when traditional retailers pulled PC games off their shelves and left gamers with few options. Today there are more options (such as GOG) but Steam still offers an easy and inexpensive place to buy games which hardly seems to deserve the vilification so many want to paint it with, especially considering the indie access on Steam.

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