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Rune: Ragnarok announced – A Sandbox, open-world RPG from Human Head Studios


The original Rune released back in 2000, and it is one of my favourite games of all time as I can still remember so much about the game to this day. The game’s story was based on Norse mythology and saw players participate in brutal combat and witness the conflict between Odin and Loki. Rune was always a build-up to something even greater and now, 17 years later, developer Human Head Studios announced the sequel entitled Rune: Ragnarok.

The word Ragnarok, in Norse mythology, means the end of the world and that is exactly what the original built up to. Now, it is time for a new era, as players will be thrown into the middle of a battle for survival during the end times. The game will be a sandbox, open-world RPG filled with Norse mythology and I simply can’t wait to play it.

The game’s official description via a Press Release reads:

“Human Head Studios has revealed Rune: Ragnarok, a sandbox, open-world RPG set in a dangerous Norse universe during the end of days. A highly anticipated follow-up to Rune, the team’s hit action-adventure game, Rune: Ragnarok places players in the middle of an epic battle where gods, beasts, and the last remaining humans struggle to survive.

By pledging allegiance to one of the Norse gods, players gain favor and special abilities to aid them as they raid enemy villages, fight the undead in brutal melee combat, sail to new lands, and craft powerful weapons to complete the goals of their god and conclude Ragnarok.”

The development of the game is being funded by ESDF Management. Their Managing Partner, Matt Candler, comments: “Rune: Ragnarok is the first video game we’ve committed to financing. We’re incredibly excited to support the vision that our partners at Human Head Studios have offered for long-time fans and newcomers to Rune alike”

The Project Director for Rune: Ragnarok, Chris Rhinehart, explains that: “After seventeen years, we are thrilled to finally announce a new Rune game. In the spirit of the original, Rune: Ragnarok has intense and brutal combat in a world steeped in Norse mythology. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve created.”

We can’t wait to see it either, Mr Rhinehart! If the developers do the original game justice with the sequel, it will be one of the best open-world RPG experiences ever created. For those who have no idea what I am going on about, well, you can check out the original Rune on Steam for R109. Sure, the game might not have aged so well, but its brutal gameplay, dismemberment and the amazing lore-filled story are very much intact.

At the time of writing, there is no official release date or indication on which platforms the game will be available, but I sure hope that it will be developed for both consoles and PC because I really do hope everyone gets to experience a new Rune game.

Watch the first trailer of Rune: Ragnarok and then tell us if you played the original Rune and what you think about the new project in the comment section below.

Source: Press Release

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Wessel is Glitched Africa's Resident Afrikaans Guy (RAG) with a passion for all things esports, cats and gaming in general. Dota 2 addict, Dark Souls veteran and all around geek.