Viking Dismemberment Game RUNE II Launching Today On PC

You know, who doesn’t love a little dismemberment? Or a lot. That was RUNE’s motto. I remember playing RUNE as a kid and thinking I had somehow peeked into the hidden world of “grown-up games.” Limbs would go flying, you’d pick up those limbs, bash people with them, and then drink some ale to make it all better. How did all video games not become increasingly advanced dismemberment combat simulators? Every day we stray further from our true path.

Anywho, Rune 2 is out today. Developed by Human Head Studios, the game is available only on PC and only on the Epic Game Store. You can pick it up now for $29.99. Also available are the Berserk Rage and God Slayer packs, which are $39.99 and $59.99 respectively. So if you want that shiny golden boat, best pony up the $60.

I actually got a chance to play Rune 2 at E3 a couple of years ago. I haven’t gotten to play the final game yet, but my take on it at the time was positive. You play as a Viking during Ragnarok. Loki has fucked shit up pretty bad, and now giants and draugr are doing some nasty shit. So you pick up your axe, and go about hacking every living thing to death in pursuit of more stuff. I guess you’re also trying to end Ragnarok or something. It doesn’t matter. Point is, you can pick up your own severed arm and beat people to death with it. That’s all I need to know.

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If you’re one of those nerds that likes to know what the actual premise of your Viking extreme cosmetic surgery simulator, here’s some info from the Official Press Release:

Twenty years ago, the classic Viking hack-and-slash that started it all, RUNE, opened its hallowed halls to aspiring warriors around the world. Today Human Head Studios swings open the doors once again as its spiritual successor RUNE II is now available in the Epic Games Store for $29.99. Experience a savage Norse adventure where gods have lost control, undead evils infest the land, and the remaining humans struggle to restore Midgard as the mad Loki smiles at the destruction of a world without end.

Alone or with friends, battle gruesome undead Draugr, vicious beasts, and ferocious giants in brutal melee combat. Explore, craft and fight through a post-apocalyptic world filled with legions of Loki’s minions, precious artifacts to collect, mighty weapons to forge along with eating lizard heads and psychedelic mushrooms for good measure.

Journey through vast lands, build Viking longboats, sail through dangerous waters, and complete quests to please your chosen god in exchange for power to end Loki’s apocalyptic madness. Help end Ragnarok once and for all be invited into the revered halls of Valhalla.

“Our dedicated fanbase has kept Rune alive and we are indebted to them as they are essential partners who have helped us build Rune II. Thank you for those who have stuck with us during this journey of more than 20 years,” said Human Head Studios co-founder and RUNE II project lead Chris Rhinehart. “We set out to build upon the Rune franchise as an homage to the original while adding new elements like modern combat mechanics and Unreal 4’s visual capabilities that we hope will exceed the expectations of today’s gamers.”

RUNE II Key Features:

  • Choose Your God: Kneeling atop the Divine Summit, the gods call to you. With promises of power, glory, and honor, each deity beckons you to join them. Which god will you choose to give you the power needed to take down Loki and put an end to Ragnarok? And can they themselves be trusted?
  • Loki and the Ages of Darkness: It is fated that Loki will die when Ragnarok ends, but he has found a way to manipulate the flow of time and continuously resets the Ragnarok Timer, creating an infinite cycle of chaos. With every reset, a new era begins, each filled with different obstacles: perpetual night, giant-filled lands, harsh ice-ridden landscapes, and more. You’ll need to traverse many ages before amassing the power needed to defeat Loki.
  • Single-Player and Multi-Player Modes: Brave the end of days alone or invite fellow warriors to join your journey through Ragnarok. Battle side-by-side against massive giants and vicious monsters and stand as one force to face Loki himself.
  • Artifacts: Powerful artifacts can be found throughout the world, each with their own god-given power. They are the key to opening the Realm Gate where Loki hides, and can grant the power necessary to end him once and for all.
  • Collect and Craft Powerful Equipment: Craft powerful armaments to survive the treachery of Ragnarok or take Flaming Greatswords and other magically-imbued weapons from the bodies of your slain enemies. Rebuild villages that once stood across Midgard or construct great longships and conquer far off lands.
  • Brutal Chaos: Ragnarok has driven its inhabitants mad. Only the most savage warrior will survive as you Battle against Bandits, Cannibals, Giants, Dwarves, Surt Warriors, the Forsaken Einn Warriors, Draugr and more!

So what are you waiting for? Go kill some Gods. If you’re interested in playing with us, go ahead and follow us @dread_X_P and we can link up!

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