Rune was a classic action-adventure hack-and-slash developed by Human Head Studios and released in 2000. According to a 2001 interview with Eurogamer, a sequel was planned from the start, but it never materialized. Come the 2010s, the studio would revisit it and start work on Rune, a planned soft reboot of the series bearing the same name. Over time, that was changed to Rune: Ragnarok, and they planned to release it on Steam Early Access. Now Human Head Studios finally settled on Rune II as the title for their upcoming Viking adventure and it is to be released by Summer 2019 as an Epic Games Store exclusive.
Fans of the original know what to expect: a visceral and dark hack-and-slash action-adventure set in the Norse world of Midgard. You will be the chosen savior of Midgard, and you will kneel atop the Divine Summit to receive a blessing and powerful abilities from your chosen god in the endeavor to end Ragnarok. It's a race against time to avert the destruction of Midgard by the conniving Loki as he keeps the world in a state of permanent chaos. Human Head Studios Co-founder and CEO Chris Rhinehart talked about the upcoming game, explaining what to expect:
We’ve spent the last few years building a story-driven brutal Viking experience and evolving it with the help of our fan base. Players return to Midgard with a sense of familiarity, but with new mechanics such as god-given abilities, open world events, crafting, a full single/co-op campaign, along with UE4 enhanced visuals, making it a true sequel to the original.
Unlike the original Rune, you will be able to create your own character, both male or female, to embark on your quest to the Divine Summit. It will also feature open-world exploration, allowing you to traverse the world of Midgard in search of resources, artifacts, and runestones in order to grow your power and uncover its mysteries. There's also co-op and plenty of other gameplay features that brings the world of Rune into the modern paradigm of action-adventure gaming. If you're looking for a hack-and-slash fix after the latest God of War or some more time with vikings, this seems like a good bet.
Fans will be able to see a gameplay stream on May 24 at 3PM CST on Human Head Studios' official Twitch channel. If you want, you can even ask the developers questions, you can join the official Rune II Discord server. You can also visit the game's official website, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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