From the publishers website:
The year will continue with Catalyst’s launch of the Shadowrun, Fifth Edition RPG
. Shadowrun, Fifth Edition
is the latest version of one of the most popular and successful role-playing settings of all time. Fusing magic with technology in a dystopian near-future setting, Shadowrun’s popularity has crossed into video games, fiction, and more, but the living, breathing Sixth World role-playing setting has always been its heart.
Building on the award-winning Shadowrun, Fourth Edition rule set, the new edition brings the game forward while preserving the fun that has made it so enduring. Highlights of the new edition include:
- Grittier & Deadlier: The down-and-dirty Sixth World setting is a place where shadowrunners need to count their bullets carefully and be cautious about whom they trust. Fifth Edition rules reflect that, making players aware of their choices and the price they have to pay to be the best. It also supports deadlier combat, while still making sure the player characters can stay alive long enough to take care of business.
- Streamlined Matrix: Matrix rules have been improved and streamlined, bringing them more in line with the rest of the game and making them more intuitive. Running the Matrix has never been easier.
- Increased Gear Options: Changes in Fifth Edition mean there are more functions for gear, which leads to an increased variety of the toys shadowrunners love!
- Faster Character Creation and More Player Aids: New to Shadowrun and eager to hit the streets as quickly as possible? Fifth Edition’s character creation rules make it faster and easier to create a full-fledged character and dive into the shadows. Additionally, from an expanded gamemaster advice section to pre-generated gear kits, Shadowrun, Fifth Edition has tools and resources to help players quickly get into the game and onto the streets.
“All of the changes in Fifth Edition were made with the strong traditions of Shadowrun in mind, and the key elements of the Sixth World remain—mind-blowing tech, explosive magic, devious Matrix hacking, and of course handfuls of six-sided dice,” said Jason Hardy, Shadowrun Line Developer. “We wanted to make the best edition of Shadowrun ever—and we wanted it to be thoroughly Shadowrun, from top to bottom.”