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Now that the $700,000 stretch goal for an expanded and revamped Matrix has been reached, Harebrained Schemes has sent out a new Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter update to explain what they are planning to fulfill it. A snippet:
Overall, we want the decker's gameplay to feel like dangerous legwork, investigation, and hacking. One of the ways we hope to achieve this is with increased opportunities for risk & reward. The more chances you take outside the scope of achieving your core objectives, the more potential benefit to you. and the greater chance of being discovered. Combat will still be a factor, but it won't be your entire Matrix experience.
To that end, we've created a list of new Intrusion Countermeasures (IC) that we plan to add to the game. The new IC is intended to expand Matrix gameplay beyond simple combat mechanics by adding new types of interactions. All have been designed on paper and reviewed by our engineers and artists. Once they've been proven out through prototyping and we're confident in our ability to execute on them, we'll share them in a future Backer Update. As with DMS and DF, you'll still break into a corporation's secure local systems during a run to gain access to a variety of tactical objectives but there will also be places in the story where you'll travel through distinct areas of cyberspace to (sculpted systems) - distinct digital representations of their owners.