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Naval Warfare and Character Customisation Coming to Rune: Ragnarok

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Human Head Studios has released some exciting new combat details and screenshots for its upcoming third-person sandbox adventure, Rune: Ragnarok.

The information comes as a part of The Rune Recap, a web series by the developers that provides updates and details roughly every two weeks.

The combat in Rune: Ragnarok not only includes brutal open-world brawling, but also ship-to-ship warfare that players can compete in via the campaign, co-op missions, or PvP. One of the more terrifying foes that will be featured within the game’s Norse mythology-inspired world are giants. To defeat a giant, gamers must use everything at their disposal, including rune powers and flaming swords. Gamers will be able to create a Viking warrior and choose which god to follow. Customisation will play a large role in the game, giving players the freedom to reflect their playstyle by choosing from numerous weapons such as swords, axes, warhammers, and throwables.

The game is in the works to fully support mods and allow for user-created content. Another enticing feature set to be included in Rune: Ragnarok is berserker mode, the infamous state a Viking warrior enters when in a frenzy. The studio is are aiming to have sixty-four players in either a PVP or PVE lobby at any one time, but these numbers may vary by the game’s release.

The developers have announced a closed beta for 2018. To gain access to the beta simply sign up via this website and partake in a short quiz, then follow the guidelines. Following the game on Facebook or competing in challenges, such as designing Viking taunts and crests, will increase the chances of acquiring a key.

Rune: Ragnarok is a long-awaited sequel to the original Rune, which released seventeen years ago. The new story will take place in the middle of the world-ending event, Ragnarok, with the Norse gods locked in a battle that has lasted seven years.

While no gameplay footage is yet available for what seems to be an impressive project, Human Head has promised combat footage and more screenshots for early 2018.

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Sci-Fi Adventure Tether Back in Development, Demo Released

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Freesphere Entertainment has announced that Tether is back in active development, almost a year after it was put on hold.

Alongside the announcement, the team has finally released the prototype version of the previous incarnation of the project for free on itch.io. According to the announcement, the decision to release the demo came because “it seemed silly to have years of hard work sat there for people who worked on it to not get any recognition.”

The post also suggests that Freesphere has gone back to the drawing board for the project, saying that it is seeking to reduce the scope of the story and hinting at a “new direction.”

The demo is a long time coming, as creative director Mark Gregory first told OnlySP late last year that it would be made available as part of a larger interview discussing some of the problems and struggles faced by the team members, which included underfunding, a lack of publisher interest, and personal burnout.

For anyone unfamiliar with Tether, the sci-fi adventure promises to tell the story of a mother trapped aboard a space station while on a mission to prevent environmental collapse. While the premise raises echoes of the ‘walking simulator’ format, the game was quite ambitious, featuring time manipulation mechanics, a reactive AI enemy similar to Alien: Isolation‘s xenomorph, and immersive sim elements. How much of that will be retained in the new version remains to be seen.

OnlySP’s Amy Davidson has already pledged to trial the demo as a future entry in the Friday Freebies Club, which this week will examine \SPEK.TAKL\, so watch out for that.

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