Developer Human Head Studios announced Rune back in August last year, originally named Rune: Ragnarok. The game puts players in a world full of mythical beasts and terrifying giants, as a result of Ragnarok bringing “seven terrible years” upon Midgard. Players take on the role of a vicious Viking warrior and choose to ally with whichever god they prefer to help them on their quest to reach and destroy Loki and save Midgard. Rune will apparently feature some type of co-op mode where players can play together with their friends.
The studio recently announced Rune will enter Steam’s early access next month, and will last for around a year, further expanding the game with more content, more weapons, more gods to choose from and an overall bigger experience. Here are the game’s key features.
It was foretold that during Ragnarok, the gods would fall and the nine realms would be consumed by frost and fire… but it is not what happened. The gods did not perish. Instead, for seven terrible years, giants, beasts, and the undead have ravaged the realms while the gods inexplicably withheld their protection. Immersed in darkness and chaos, mankind’s own world of Midgard lies captive in the cruel grasp of maniacal Loki.
As a hardened Viking warrior, Rune players will align with their chosen god as they pillage villages for powerful weapons and armor, complete quests for their deity and receive blessings of strength and magic. Your quest is simple – destroy Loki, but you needn’t do it alone. Team up with your Viking allies to gain the benefits of shared experience and the strength that only comes in numbers.
Time is against you. Loki will reset Ragnorak keeping Midgard in an endless apocalypse. Rise, Warrior! Save yourself and all of mankind from the Norse apocalypse.
Explore Vast and Dangerous Lands
Once-beautiful Midgard lies in ruins, disfigured and drowned. Braving destruction and death, stalk your ravaged world in search of Loki’s minions…and the Trickster himself. Know that where Ragnarok has warped the land most, there you may find the most powerful weapons and resources.
Go Alone or Team Up With Friends
Brave the end of days alone or invite fellow warriors to accompany you through Ragnarok. Together, sail a fleet of longships to overrun enemy fortresses, battle side by side against giants and enormous monsters, and stand as one to face Loki himself. Add to the madness of Ragnarok in brutal PvP battles to see who may be the most feared Viking in Midgard.
Choose Your God
Align with a Norse god to receive unique abilities and skills to aid you on your quests. Do you align with Thor, who grants you strength? Or with Hel, who gives you power over the dead? Or perhaps the Allfather himself, Odin, who will grant you additional protection from the dangerous world? Choose wisely.
The End of Days
Ragnarok has plagued the land of Midgard for far too long. Its end is coming but Loki’s twisted plan is to reset it back to the beginning of the end of days. You and your clan must do whatever it takes to destroy The Trickster god and save Midgard from a perpetual Ragnorak.
Collect Powerful Equipment and Harness Rune Powers
Complete quests for your god through mystical runes and harness their powers to improve your combat abilities. Pillage villages and take down powerful enemies to gain the ultimate weapons and armor as you transform yourself into a warrior capable of taking down a god.
As the legends foretold, your dying realm is being torn further apart by war. Huge monsters, giants, feral beasts, living warriors, and the dishonored dead alike; all tear at one another for dominance over what is left of Midgard. Warrior, can you rise above the fray? Can you prove yourself mightiest of all by slaying Loki?
Check out the following gallery showcasing Rune’s amazing scenery and mythical beasts.
Finally, here is the newly released trailer. For now, Rune will only release on Steam’s early access next month, with no word on console possibility.
[Source: Human Head Studios]