A magical open world adventure Role Playing Game in fully immersive Virtual Reality. Search the land to learn the runes of power, casting spells to solve puzzles that aid you on your quest. Can you find the scrolls of knowledge, discover the lost crystals and protect the world from the gathering storm?
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Sep 28, 2017
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September 28

RuneSage is now Released!

I’m delighted to announce today the official release of RuneSage. After nearly a year in Early Access, 22 major updates (and many more minor ones in-between), and the amazing support and feedback from the VR community, the game is now full of rock-solid atmospheric spell-based, puzzle-solving fun,.

I really cannot thank enough everyone who has played, commented and made suggestions along the way – your constant encouragement and thoughts on how to keep improving the game have been truly inspirational and have made the game the success it is today.
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September 19

V0.22.0 is now live

It's been a very busy couple of weeks, adding numerous new puzzles and maps to RuneSage. The latest release combines these with significant improvements in performance, better graphical and audio effects, and various small tweaks to improve immersion and the flow of the game.

The full list of changes since V0.21.0 is as follows.

  • Added new map mechanic.
  • Added more maps to find.
  • Added more puzzles to solve.
  • Added more in-game help from NPCs.
  • Added destructable walls.
  • Added magic effects to treasure chests.
  • Added sound effect when viewing a map for the first time.
  • Added eight new achievements.
  • Improved layout of mages village.
  • Improved layout of the windswept hilltop.
  • Improved layout of the inland lake.
  • Improved layout of the castle courtyard.
  • Improved performance in the castle cellars.
  • Improved performance of spell effects.
  • Improved performance of mage graphics.
  • Improved levitation spell to make it easier for touchpad locomotion users.
  • Improved fire spell.
  • Improved scroll texts.
  • Improved bird AI.
  • Improved appearance of maps when viewed from behind.
  • Fixed bug with hidden pathways being highlighted after opening.
  • Fixed bug with camera judder when picking up maps.
  • Fixed bug with music sometimes not transitioning between areas.

Please note that although save games from previous versions are fully compatible with this latest release, the addition of several new maps to find will mean that you will need to go back to previously visited areas to discover them all to get 100% completion.

RuneSage is now almost complete. I am expecting that there will now only be one or two more releases before the game exits Early Access, and is ready for a full release. Please do keep sending your suggestions and feedback (to feedback@runesage.com - or post on the Steam forum), as every comment is really appreciated and helps make the game better.
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Reviews

“RuneSage offers something beyond other spellcasting VR games - a serene experience where you truly feel like you’re becoming a wizard bent on completing your epic quest.”
VRTheGamers

“RuneSage is an absolute gem. If you are looking for a chill, exploration and puzzle experience, I recommend RuneSage highly.”
The Baron Reviews

About This Game



After the great storm, the crystals used by the mages to protect the world shattered and were lost. The Sacred Grove now lies empty. You answer their call for help - your quest; to find and restore the crystals before the next storm arrives. It soon becomes clear however, that all is not quite as simple as it first seems.

RuneSage is an immersive open world Virtual Reality RPG Adventure game for the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift & Touch. As a sage from humble beginnings, you'll search the land for nature's runes of power, then use them to cast spells to solve puzzles that aid you on your quest. Explore mazes in a forest teaming with wildlife, sail across lakes to reach distant shores, delve into dark and ancient caves, and search the ruined castle and its dungeons while menacing vultures circle overhead. Can you find the scrolls of knowledge, recover the lost crystals and protect the world from the gathering storm?



  • Experience 10-15 hours of immersive adventuring in one of VR's longest games.
  • Interact with NPCs in an engaging story with over 40 quests to find the missing crystals.
  • Cast over 35 unique spells to help solve a wide variety of puzzles to complete the shield.
  • Explore 20 stunning biomes with over 80 items to find and collect.
  • Become the wisest of the magic users and save the world.

Please note that RuneSage is not (yet another) fast paced generic action VR wave shooter. There are no monsters to kill. You are never "in danger". RuneSage is deliberately a more gentle experience; a magical "scavenger hunt" designed for those wanting to explore an immersive open world, discovering its secrets at their own pace.



At the heart of RuneSage are runes and spells.

  • Runes echo the forces of nature; wind, water, fire etc and you'll discover their forms as you explore the world.
  • Spells channel the power of the runes into physical form - for example, draw the shape of a wind rune, then cast it to create a blast of air.
  • The power of runes can also be combined - for example, draw a wind rune followed by a water rune, then cast it to blow water in a powerful jet.

Use your knowledge and wisdom of the natural world to investigate your surroundings, discovering new combinations of runes to solve puzzles to aid you on your quest to find the missing crystals and save the world.



RuneSage is designed from the ground up for Virtual Reality with full support for both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift & Oculus Touch.

  • Movement. RuneSage supports a wide range of locomotion styles. For small distances, explore your surroundings in room-scale VR. Over larger distances simply select which style you prefer from the main menu, configure it how you like it, and off you go!
    • Teleport (2 variants - left or right handed). Press down the trackpad/thumbstick on the controller to activate a magical beam, point it in the direction you want to go, and release to move there in a blink.
    • Dash Teleport (2 variants - left or right handed). Press down the trackpad/thumbstick on the controller to activate a magical beam, point it in the direction you want to go, and release to move there in a straight line. Fully configurable speed / time for the journey.
    • Trackpad/Thumbstick (12 variants).
      • Activate by pressing down the trackpad / thumbstick, or by just touching it.
      • Activate set by the left hand or right hand.
      • Direction of travel set by Headset, left hand or right hand.
      In each variant, touching / pressing / moving the trackpad / thumbstick forwards moves you in the configured direction. Touching / pressing / moving left/right strafes, and the bottom/backwards moves you backwards. The distance from the centre the trackpad is touched / thumbstick is moved determines the speed. Fully configurable maximum speed. To climb up / over objects, press down the trackpad/thumbstick controller to teleport.
    • Armswing (12 variants).
      • Activate by pressing down the trackpad / thumbstick, or by just touching it.
      • Activate set by the left hand or right hand.
      • Direction of travel set by Headset, hands or both.
      In each variant, swinging your arms up and down (simulating jogging on the spot) moves you in the configured direction. The faster you swing your arms, the faster you travel. Fully configurable maximum speed. To climb up / over objects, press down the trackpad/thumbstick controller to teleport.

  • Rotation. For those playing in a smaller space, or even seated-play, RuneSage supports a number of methods of rotation so you can explore in all directions.
    • Free rotate. Press the grip button on either controller to artificially rotate the view in the game world by rotating the controllers. When finished, just release the grip button to continue.
    • Walkabout. Press the grip button on either controller to "freeze" the gameworld in place - you can then turn around in the real world and continue walking in the same direction in the game world. When finished, just release the grip button to continue.
    • Roomscale. Disables rotation when pressing the grip button on either controller - turn around in the game world by turning around in the real world!

  • Rune Shapes. Draw runes with your hands; press the rear trigger button to start drawing, trace the outline of the rune's shape, then release the trigger to finish.
  • Spell Casting. Cast spells with your hands; after drawing one or more runes, press the rear trigger button to start casting, move the controller away from your body, then release the trigger to finish. For projectile spells, the way you "throw" the spell when casting, determines its speed and direction.
  • Options Menu. Press the menu button on either controller to toggle the options menu.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or greater
    • Processor: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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