Rune: Ragnarok is the long awaited sequel to the 2000 Norse game Rune from Human Head Studios. After 17 long years, they are returning to their roots.
Rune is a game that’s sort of been long forgotten. It was originally released in November of 2000 by developer Human Head Studios. After 17 years, they are happy to announce after all these years, they are bringing us the long requested sequel titled; Rune: Ragnarok. Viking games aren’t completely ignored like other genres, but it is one that has never been quite able to find a smash hit. Games like Vikings: Wolves of Midgard, Viking: Battle for Asgard, and various others have always fallen just a little short of the mark. Well, Human Head Studios is giving it another go by bringing us back Rune.
Rune is based in Norse Mythology in which players take on the role of Ragnar, a young Viking warrior. The game is set during a deadly war between Odin and Loki as Ragnar stumbles across Loki’s plan to release Ragnarok and end the world.
The game received generally favorable reviews across the board, settling at 76 on metacritic.
Project director Chris Rhinehart had this to say about the announcement;
“After seventeen years, we are thrilled to finally announce a new Rune game. In the spirit of the original, Rune: Ragnarok has intense and brutal combat in a world steeped in Norse mythology. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve created.”
Perhaps the biggest change for the game will be its open world setting. It will likely keep its RPG elements, as most games do these days, and will be located in the same universe during the end of days. It will place players in the middle of an epic battle where gods, beasts, and the last remaining humans struggle to survive.
You will pledge your life to one of the Norse gods, gaining their favor and even special abilities as you raid villages and fight the undead. You can expect this sandbox open world to be big. Players can look forward to crafting weapons, sailing the seas (because what Norse game would be complete without sailing), and do the bidding of their chosen deity.
There isn’t much information to go on just yet, but it will be developed by the same studio who made the first, and published by ESDF Management. This is the first game they have committed to publishing as well, so here’s hoping it goes well. If Human Head’s history is anything to go on, they shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
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