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Catalyst Games Announces Shadowrun Sixth Edition

May 1, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Shadowrun 6th Edition

The next iteration of Shadowrun is on the way, as Catalyst Game Labs has revealed that the RPG’s sixth edition will arrive this summer. The publisher announced on Wednesday that the new edition of the long-running and popular cyberpunk fantasy game is on the way. The Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box will be available at Origins Game Fair in June, with the Core Rulebook set to be available at Gen Con in August.

The announcement describes the new version of the game as follows:

Are you ready to risk everything?

The Sixth World. One of the most enduring RPG settings ever created, with shadows growing deeper and darker in its latest edition. Dominated by enormous, world-striding megacorporations strangling metahumanity in their clutches, by 2080 most of the planet has surrendered to these corporate overlords.

But from the darkest shadows, defiance flickers in people known as shadowrunners. They risk everything—wrestling magical energies, channeling them into power; putting their minds against the electronic void of the Matrix; trading flesh and blood for chrome and steel.

Stand up, join them, and dare to risk it all!

The first product for the game is a novella, The Frame Job, Part 1: Yu, which is available now. It is the first installment in a cycle of novellas releasing over the next few months. A new website has been launched at ShadowrunSixthWorld.com with the game’s updated look and new art.

The new system will be set in the game’s cyberpunk setting in 280 and will keep with the D6 system of the previous two editions, with an overhauled Edge system per a livestream from Catalyst that took place on Tuesday night. Sixth Edition will also feature an revamped magic system and streamlined Matrix, while action economy and initiative are being changed up in order so speed combat up and make it more flexible.

More news is expected to be announced about the game in the coming weeks.

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