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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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?

“All of the core features of the game are working and stable. The Early Access version of the game will not have the full ending but these quests and game play will be added throughout early access. 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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Available: This Winter


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September 19

Rune Road Map

Last week, we announced that Rune will no longer be entering Early Access today, September 19. Instead, we’re taking time to carefully implement the community’s feedback and incorporate more features and polish that will make the game significantly better before entering Early Access. Now, Rune will enter Early Access this Winter.

We’re committed to delivering a game that is bug-free, balanced, deep, and a massive amount of fun. In order to do that, we’re continuing with our Closed Beta playtests and have outlined a road map of features and systems that you can expect to see added to the game. We’ve also introduced a new forums section to get feedback and provide status updates on the topics listed in the roadmap.

In the next few weeks, we’ll announce another Closed Beta key giveaway and the dates of some of the upcoming playtests. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the road map via the forums or social media.

See you in Midgard, warriors.

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September 13

Updated Launch Date: Rune Will Enter Early Access This Winter

The Human Head Studios team is committed to delivering the best version of Rune to Steam Early Access. Rune blends intense Action-RPG survival gameplay with savage PvP and PvE battles, and after undergoing a series of closed betas and gathering feedback from the community, we’re confident we can make the game even bigger and better.

With a heavy axe and large mug of mead, we announce that the game will now launch this Winter.

Although we were close to the anticipated launch, there was feedback from the community that we felt needed to be incorporated prior to release. We’re excited to continue to improve the game with the extra development time and still want continual input from the community through our beta tests. The most important goal is to deliver a game that is bug-free, balanced, deep and, most importantly, a massive amount of fun. Here’s what the extra time allows us to do:

- Greater god interaction: more player abilities, additional quests, narrative, and blessings and curses
- Additional combat polish to player attacks and enemy abilities
- Adding the female player character
- Additional rebuildables (more buildings, structures, and shrines)
- Rework the crafting system to have more diverse crafting recipes
- More places to explore and more secrets to discover
- Additional fierce enemies: Dragons, Sea Serpents, additional Giants, and some surprises

Community members who have pre-ordered the game before September 12 at 11:59 PM CDT will be guaranteed entry into all upcoming beta tests.

What comes next? Stay tuned to our social media channels, and our website, blog, and forums for more news and updates as we march toward launch.

Sharpen your axe, Vikings! Loki awaits, and the battle will soon rage on!
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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.


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

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

    • 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
    • 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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