Irish developer Black Shamrock has partnered with Chaosium Inc. to create a Runequest video game. If you haven't heard of Runequest before, it's a tabletop role-playing game that's been around since 1978. That's Dungeons & Dragons levels of old. Unfortunately, the game hasn't yet reached the same level of market penetration and cultural prominence that D&D has. That may very well change with the upcoming Runequest video game.
Runequest plops players into the magical world of Glorantha as the default setting. (As always, players had the option of using other game worlds or developing their own from scratch. If they felt so inclined.) After creating characters through dice rolls, you're off to adventure! What makes this game unique is a much lower degree of power creep and a heavy focus on using percentile dies rather than a mix of different dice like in the d20 system.
"We’re so excited to be working on such a legendary fantasy role-playing world and take very seriously the trust that Chaosium has placed with us," said Black Shamrock Managing Director Olivier Masclef in a blog post on Chaosium's website. "As up-and-coming RPG specialists, the opportunity to bring the world of Glorantha to life is a dream come true.”
Unfortunately, those are all the details we have for now on the Runequest video game. While they do say it will be an "[all-new] RPG adventure", that doesn't give us much of a clue as to what genre or mechanics we can expect. After all, Dungeons & Dragons is a similar style of game and yet it's hard real-time strategies, computer role-playing games, and even straight-up brawlers released under that license. We'll have to wait a while longer to see what we'll get.
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