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November 13th, 2019, 21:38
@Bluesnews Rune 2 has been released and Human Head Studios is closing its doors.

Rune II is now available on the Epic Games Store, offering Human Head's sequel to their Viking adventure from the last millennium. Unfortunately, it will be their swan song, as Human Head has closed its doors, reports VGC (thanks DoomWiki via Frans). Human Head's credits include Rune and Prey (2006), and they also worked on Batman: Arkham Origins, BioShock Infinite, and Brink. The good news is that everyone who worked for the company was offered a new position of Bethesda, where they are staffing up an internal developer called Roundhouse Studios, perhaps an homage to the offices Human Head one occupied at a former railroad roundhous.

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November 13th, 2019, 23:15
I am glad that the people will have a place to work again.
But! Somehow I have a feeling that this news should go to the "Gaming BS" thread.
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November 13th, 2019, 23:34
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I am glad that the people will have a place to work again.
But! Somehow I have a feeling that this news should go to the "Gaming BS" thread.
I agree to a degree. I would not call working for Bethesda being saved - if you care about your creative output. Glad the employees still have jobs however.
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November 13th, 2019, 23:48
Probably means the project did not go as planned I guess. As I seem to remember reading about Early Access & funding problems. I could be wrong who knows.
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November 14th, 2019, 00:54
And there I'd been thinking that sweet Epic blood money was saving poor li'l indie studios…
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November 14th, 2019, 00:58
Sounds like no patches either. Purchase Rune II as is, bugs will remain.
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November 14th, 2019, 03:59
Ouch, if it actually never receive any updates/patches. That's really going to suck for anyone that put out money for this. As it's on Epic, that certainly isn't me, and I'm guessing now with their doors shuttered this game likely won't be available at other online sites down the road.
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Sounds like no patches either. Purchase Rune II as is, bugs will remain.
That is my assumption as well … and too bad. At least it is only $30 - meaning when it is on sale in a few months for $15 - 20 I can grab it then … maybe.
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And there I'd been thinking that sweet Epic blood money was saving poor li'l indie studios…
The deal must be seen first. Usually, Epic agrees with hedging against the risk of backlash following an annoucement of exclusivity as the steam trooper army is plenty and eager for pre emptive strikes.

This product does not sound as it was an epic exclusive as it was released on Steam EA. It must be seen how much they collected from an epic deal, if they collected anything by the way, they might have moved for the smaller cut.
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if you care about your creative output.
Endangered when there is a creative output to be endangered.
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November 14th, 2019, 20:19
Talking to banker, "hello, I'm from Human Head Studios and I need a loan". Banker grows nervous, glancing around for an easy escape route.
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