RISE WARRIOR! Ragnarok, the end of days, is upon you. Heed the call of the gods as it’s the only chance to save mankind from the trickster Loki. Slay rival Viking clans, brutally dismember enemies and pillage your way through Midgard to become the God-Slayer.
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We’ve wanted to develop a new Rune game for years and are excited to have the opportunity to bring it to life. We have a master plan for the game we think best carries on the hallmarks of the original while creating a new and exciting world for players. Community feedback is an essential part of our development process that allows us to gather new insights, refine and balance the game, and hear firsthand how players experience Rune.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Rune is expected to be in Early Access for up to a year.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Rune will continue to add more features and content during Early Access. Our plans include the following:

  • Expanded world with more islands to explore
  • Additional Gods
  • More armor and weapons
  • Ocean ecosystem including sea serpents
  • Ability to have pets and mounts
  • Mod support
  • Additional recipes/crafting
  • Additional enemy AI (both new AI and variants of existing)
  • Additional fauna creatures
  • More Quests
  • More world construction abilities

We will add the rest of the main quests to the game, leading up to finding Loki and defeating him in a glorious final battle. We will also continue to balance the game based upon player feedback and the addition of new features and content.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Here is the list of features that will be in the game for Early Access launch.

  • Brutal viking combat similar to the original Rune game (Rune Classic)
  • Large open world with many islands to explore with a variety of biomes
  • Core set of weapons including swords, axes, hammers, spears and bow/arrow each with different variations
  • Enemy AI creatures, humans, and fauna living and fighting for survival in the world
  • Day/night cycle with intense Ragnarok weather patterns
  • Norse god alignment acts like a class system with stat, recipe, and weapon differences per god
  • Crafting system with recipes for weapons, armor, runes and more
  • Ship crafting and sailing through the world, visiting the various islands
  • Quest system, take quests giving by the gods, earn XP to add to your core skills
  • Gods can grant blessings or curses during your journey
  • Official PvP and PvE servers will be available, offline mode available too

The Early Access version of the game will not have the full ending but quests and game play will be added throughout early access to get you to the final Loki battle. The game will have official servers running for online PvP and PvE play.

As this is an Early Access title, the game will likely have bugs, but the team will respond to critical bugs as quickly as possible. There will also be a regular cadence of updates during early access with a road map of upcoming features on the Rune website.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Pricing will be the same during and after Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We welcome community feedback through this Steam page, our official website forums, an official Discord channel and all of our various social media channels. We want the community to help refine and shape Rune as we move through Early Access. We will share development updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Discord, YouTube, our forums, and our blog. We’re excited to partner with our Rune Classic fan base and all of the new fans alike to bring Rune to life.”
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November 16, 2018

Viking Domination: A Look at the New Rebuildable System



War, turmoil, and chaos have left Midgard devastated with minimal signs of life throughout the realm. As you journey to end Ragnarok and take down the maniacal Loki, you’ll need to rebuild structures that will provide shelter and a much needed safe harbor for you and your clan. Travel the world, conquering new lands and ensuring world domination for those you serve.

For the chosen warriors that are currently in the Rune Beta Program, you’ve seen rebuildable longhouses scattered throughout the world. These structures are the remnants of once beautiful buildings that held celebrations and sacred events. Now, they’re your first line of defense against the dangers of Ragnarok.



Rebuild longhouses by contributing resources scavenged throughout the lands. When these structures are brought back to their former glory, all who contributed will reap the benefits. Inside, you’ll be able to house crafting anvils to build arsenals, stoke fires to cook food, and gain protection from enemy AI and other players. Those who do not contribute to the structure will be kept out and unprotected from the dangerous inhabitants of the world.

The warrior who contributes the most resources to the longhouse owns the buildings. The owner of the longhouse, and those who are aligned to the same god or in the same clan, will have increased attack power when near their longhouses. As you and your clan take over the realm, gaining more and more ownership of the world, Loki’s power drains and in his weakened state he’ll be no match for you and your vicious Viking clan. Take up arms with other god-aligned Vikings or members of your clan to dominate the entire world on a server.



Beware, warrior. Rebuilding structures and owning them during Ragnarok will not be easy. Rival Vikings can attack your structures, wearing them down and rebuilding them for themselves. Scorned gods may wreak havoc on your property to serve their warriors and further their motives to end Ragnarok. If your structures survive these dangers, the world itself may destroy what you’ve worked so hard to build.

Battles closer to Early Access this Winter will feature the ability to break down enemy structures, reclaim them as your own, and receive god-aligned buffs when in the area. During Early Access Development, you’ll find additional structures to rebuild throughout the world (including villages, shrines, vaults, forges, and more) and the ability to work with your clan to dominate an entire server.



Journey to the forums and let us know what you think as we continue to work on the rebuildable structures in Midgard. You can also follow along as we develop more features and implement new systems by visiting our road map. There’s no better way to experience the dangers of Ragnarok and prove yourself among the fiercest warriors than participating in our Beta Program. Take the oath. Get a key.

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November 10, 2018

Closed Beta #6: November 10 & 13


Take arms and join us for the most intense Closed Beta playtest yet. Servers are live NOW, November 10 and will be up until 4:00 p.m. CST (UTC-6). In addition, the same build will also be available on November 13, 2018. Servers will be live from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST (UTC-6). Journey your way through a revamped Viking world and witness a number of optimizations, bug fixes, and updates.

Patch Notes:
  • Immerse yourself in the story with god voice over
    • God voice over (all temp right now) is in for Odin, Hel, Thor, Loki and the mysterious Stranger for early quests until the Conrack battle
  • Track your journey through Midgard with an improved quest system
    • You receive quests in larger packs now, from special areas in the world, smoke spires (temp artwork right now)
    • Quests have HUD graphics for both main and side quests
    • The Quest UI screen now has new marked for quests you have not read yet and are broken down into main, side, and complete
    • Some quests will have task lists, a list of things to do in no particular order
  • Rebuild the world that Ragnarok has destroyed
    • Rebuildable longhouses now have a work-in-progress ownership UI over them.
    • Owners are the person who puts the most resources into the completed longhouse, owners can use the building
    • Contributors are player who put in any amount of resources into the longhouse, contributors can use the building
    • The over-building UI denotes if you are owner or contributer
    • Any player that does not add any resources and the longhouse is completed, will not be allowed to use the longhouse, will be locked out of it
    • The damage bar will be important next beta when you can damage rebuildables
  • Feel the divine power with new god alignment cut scenes.
    • God alignment now have first pass cutscenes showing the transfer of god power to the player, statues turn to gold, god drop happens afterwards
  • Unleash the fury of your god with the powerful prayer stone
    • This blessed power is available after aligning with a god. It is no longer in your inventory, but is now tied to the R key
  • Experience the realm of Midgard like never before with overhauled world lighting.
    • Richer colors, enhanced fog, more dramatic ambience, and improved weather states
  • Eliminate your enemies with smoother combat and dodging
    • Combat enhancements improve game feel.
    • Revel in the return of the jump spin attack
Known Bugs:
  • If you are not a contributor to a longhouse and you follow someone in the open door and they leave, you will be stuck inside of it (Z will kill yourself, you will not be able to retrieve your death bag) or you can wait till someone lets you out
  • Sometimes when you die, your death bag might not appear, you will lose your stuff
  • Sometimes lore stones will not turn off the glow when you grab them, they will still show up in your lore screen, but the glow will not shut off
FAQ:
  • When using a rebuildable, you have to look at each resource to have it register, their should be a thin outline around the item you are looking at
  • Use F to place a campfire, ship, raft, or banner
  • Once you get past level 10, leveling up can become much harder. We will be adding more quests and things to do to gain XP in the coming months. Development thus far has focused on the levels 1-10
  • Not all rocks in the world are harvestable - only the ones with a glowing, shimmering effect can be harvested
  • Most trees are harvestable except the really thin ones
  • Tab will bring up a quick armor/weapon wheel
  • You can loot death bags in PvE. We plan to change this in upcoming playtests
 

Do you want to join the next battle? Click here and take the oath to claim your key.

See you in Midgard, warrior.
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About This Game


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 Ragnarok keeping Midgard in an endless apocalypse. Rise, Warrior! Save yourself and all of mankind from the Norse apocalypse.

KEY FEATURES


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. 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 Ragnarok.

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 weapons and armor as you transform yourself into a warrior capable of taking down a god.

Prove Yourself


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?

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, & Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 760 / AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, & Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD A-10
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 470
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space

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