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Publisher ESDF Management and developer Human Head announce a September 19th release date for Rune, their upcoming Viking action game revival. The game is currently available for preorder, and that the first 10,000 gamers to do so will get a free copy of 2000's Rune Classic. They also promise a chance to be invited to prerelease testing to those who sign up for their newsletter. The celebrate with a trailer showing fantasy-themed content and combat, and the following announcement, which promises you'll be able to rune someone's day by beating them to death with their own limbs:

Human Head Studios and ESDF have announced with a new gameplay trailer that Rune, the open-world viking RPG set in the end of days, will arrive on Steam Early Access on Sept. 19, 2018. Aspiring vikings can now pre-order Rune at a 15% discount at to be granted a bountiful gift from the gods – a variety of tier-exclusive in-game and digital bonuses!

“With Rune Classic, we worked to push the boundaries of PvP, and with this spiritual successor, we’re now pushing even further with intense, brutal combat mechanics not often seen in these type of games,” said Human Head Partner and Project Leader, Chris Rhinehart. “Use your enemy’s strength against them – literally rip off their arm and then beat them to death with it!”

Rune is available to pre-order today at Players can choose between three unique Founder’s Packs – the Warrior Pack ($29.99), Berserker Rage Pack ($39.99) and God Slayer Pack ($59.99) – each of which can be pre-ordered at a 15% discount between now and Sept. 18 using the offer code “Rune15.” Each set contains a Steam Early Access copy of Rune (valued at $29.99 at launch), as well as a variety of exclusive in-game and digital surprises, including the game’s official soundtrack, special gear and more.

In addition, the first 10,000 people to pre-order Rune at any tier will receive a digital copy of 2000’s original Rune Classic.

Ahead of its Sept. 19 release, Rune will host another closed beta playtest this Saturday, Sept. 1, from 9:00 a.m. ET to 9:00 p.m. ET, with servers available in the U.S. and Europe. Players can sign up on the game’s official website for a chance to see Rune in action before it hits Steam.

Set in Midgard during Ragnarok, the end of days, Rune lets players align with their chosen god as they pillage villages for powerful weapons and armor, complete quests for their deity and receive blessings of strength and magic, all to save the realm from the trickster god Loki! Adventure by land and sea across a vast world of wonder and danger alone, with friends or against real opponents in PvP battles. Drink mead and vanquish monsters, beasts, the living and undead with brutal Viking power.

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