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RUNE Retitled Again as Epic Store Exclusivity and Release Window Confirmed

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A month after cancelling the Early Access release, Human Head Studios has confirmed that its upcoming Viking RPG RUNE II is headed for the Epic Games Store.

Downplayed during the announcement was the revelation that the project now has its third name, following on from the original Rune: Ragnarok and, more recently, simply RUNE.

The game is slated to arrive in summer 2019, resulting in almost a full year’s delay from the initially intended release in September last year. In concert with these announcements, Human Head released a new trailer showing off some of the combat, sailing, and resource-gathering mechanics that players will use:

RUNE II takes place in a world inspired by Norse mythology and locked in the end of days known as Ragnarok. Although the game will employ survival-oriented mechanics, the team is promising a story-driven single-player adventure, with players aiming to take down Loki.

More details about the game, including plenty about the combat and environments, are available in the interview OnlySP conducted with the developers last year.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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