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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November 10

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
  • 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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November 1

Development Update: November 1

Warrior, come with us on the journey to Early Access. Over the course of the last few weeks, we’ve changed up the road map and added new features and systems to the game. So far, beta testers have seen:

Shield-Maidens: Our fearsome female player character has finally made it to battle. Similarly to the male player character, she has unique, customizable hairstyles and tattoos. All of her armor, weapons, Rune powers, and god alignment benefits will be the same as the male character, albeit fitted for her.

God Alignment: We’ve significantly improved the god alignment system. Previously, the entire selection process happened before you spawned into the game. Now, you’ll have to start your journey through Ragnarok as a heathen. If you survive the initial quests, you’ll be lead to the Divine Summit, a place of hallowed ground emblazoned with the ancient shrines of Odin, Thor, and Hel. In this sacred space, you’ll pledge to your god, receiving blessings and power in return. Choose wisely warrior, there’s no turning back once your decision has been made. And, the choice you made may anger the gods you ignored.

Ragnarok Timer: The mysterious Ragnarok timer has been moved up to the “In Development” section of the road map. As the timer counts down, the already chaotic world will become even more unsafe. Once the timer hits zero, Loki’s dark magic forces a world-altering event that may have unexpected impacts on Midgard. We have the technical elements of the Timer and ramifications fully functional. The team is focusing on additional gameplay elements and polishing the feature. We will reveal more in the coming weeks.

Rebuildables: Protect yourself from vicious AI and bring order to Midgard by rebuilding structures throughout the world. Contributing resources to partially built structures will restore them to their completed states and provide shelter while you craft new items, arrange your inventory, and cook food. As we get closer to Early Access this Winter, expect to see more diverse buildings with the ability to take ownership for yourself and your god. If you claim enough rebuildables in a single area, your god will be empowered and bless the area for all who pledge to them. We have a lot of ideas for future buildings, providing useful abilities for you as you seek to rebuild villages and towns. Just a quick taste: forges, smelters, shrines to your god, and even a meadery.

Combat: Brutal combat is an essential part of any Viking experience. We’re continuing to tweak and polish the combat system. We’ve worked on AI improvements, making them more dangerous, more intelligent, and giving AI many more abilities. We’ve improved the feel of combat when striking enemies, improved dodge functionality, and tweaked enemy pain/stuns. A small, but powerful addition that has been requested a lot: you can finally easily sheath your current weapon with its associated hotkey.

The November 10 & 13 playtests are going to highlight all of the areas shown here. It’s not too late to get in on the action. The Closed Beta Program is still open and limited keys are available. Sign up now and get access to every playtest happening until the game hits Early Access this Winter. 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.


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

    • 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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