Shadowrun Returns

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Shadowrun Returns
Release dates
July 25, 2013
July 25, 2013
October 30, 2013
Shadowrun Returns at Steam Charts
Shadowrun Returns at SteamDB
 Shadowrun Returns at Wikipedia
Shadowrun 2007
Shadowrun Returns 2013
Shadowrun: Dragonfall
Shadowrun Online TBA

Key points

Advantage Features Steam Workshop support and a level editor.

General information

More information Community Discussions
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Official Shadowrun Returns Wiki


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes DRM-free
Humble Store DRM-free Steamicon.png
Steam Steamicon.png

[edit] Game data

[edit] Save game data location

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Harebrained Schemes\Shadowrun Returns\Saves
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Harebrained Schemes/Shadowrun Returns/Saves
Steam Steam/userdata/<user-id>/234650/remote/saves

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible

[edit] Video settings

General settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native
Multi-monitor Unknown
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use GameCompanion.[1]
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate Unknown

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Controller support Impossible

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Master, music, ambient and SFX.
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Impossible


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown
Russian Native Unknown Unknown

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Audio hiccups/Dropped frames

Fix "-force-gfx-st" launch option[2]Link

  1. Right click "Shadowrun Returns" in the Steam Libary and select "Properties"
  2. Press the "set launch options..." button and add -force-gfx-st

[edit] Start-up crash on OS X

The issue happens since there is a bug in Unity which crashes the game when started in fullscreen. In order to avoid the crash, the game needs to start in windowed mode.

Fix Edit Schemes.Shadowrun.plist[3]Link

  1. Open ~/Library/Preferences/unity.Harebrained\ Schemes.Shadowrun.plist with a text editor.
  2. Edit the value for
    <key>Screenmanager Is Fullscreen mode</key> and
    <key>Settings.IsFullScreen</key> to 0 as seen below:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
<key>Screenmanager Is Fullscreen mode</key>
<key>Screenmanager Resolution Height</key>
<key>Screenmanager Resolution Width</key>

[edit] Other information

[edit] Transfer save game between Steam and DRM-free versions

Fix Transfer save game between Steam and DRM-free versions[4]Link

  1. Launch the Steam version once, create a new character, wait for the first autosave (right away in the apartment) and then quit the game.
  2. Open %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Steam\userdata\XXXXXXX\234650\remote\saves\autosave.sav with a hex editor (e.g. HxD) and copy everything from the start to "CREATION__" (blocks from 0 to A0).
  3. Open %LOCALAPPDATA%\EMU\Steam\remote\saves\autosave.sav and copy over (or copy write in HxD) the same blocks.
  4. Open %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Steam\userdata\XXXXXXX\234650\remote\saves\*.sav (* being the long filename of the file), copy the same blocks (0 to CREATION__) and copy them over the other save of the DRM-free version.
  5. Rename the save file of the DRM-free version so it has the same name as the save file from the Steam version .
  6. Move the two modified saves to %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Steam\userdata\XXXXXXX\234650\remote\saves\.

[edit] System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz, x86 or faster
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Operating system (OS) 10.5
Processor (CPU) Intel-based, 1.4 GHz, x86 or better
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB


  1. Tested successfully by fwinest JediThug.
  2. /r/ShadowrunReturns - Audio Hitching/Dropped Frames Fix
  3. Shadowrun Returns General Discussions - How To: Stop Start-up Crash on OS X
  4. Save-Game into the Steam SRR-Version

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