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Thursday, April 5, 2001

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Tim Gerritsen Speaks on Rune Expansion
9:33 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Stomped has a new interview with Tim Gerritsen of HumanHead talking more about their upcoming expansion pack, Rune: Halls of Valhalla. The add-on to Rune will contain many multiplayer enhancements, including new maps, models, skins, and modes of play. In the interview, Gerritsen also speak about the improved networking performace (read: less lag in your games), the improved defensive techniques, and how the game will be a stand-alone product. Here's more about how you won't need the original Rune to play:

Stomped: Why was the decision made to make Halls of Valhalla playable as a stand-alone game as well as an add-on for Rune?

Gerritsen: Quite simply, if the game was only an expansion, we would only possibly reach the original players of Rune. We felt it made more sense to expand our market than limit it. We hope that players who didn't want to play the single player game will be enticed by a multiplayer only game for $20. It's a way for us to reach beyond the original players of the game and expand the growing Rune MP community.

People who never played Rune before will get all the original multiplayer characters, and the new ones, which is over 35 characters to play. We also are including all the original mulitplayer maps as well as the new ones, so they will get over 40 maps to play on. With four separate play modes to choose from, that's pretty significant content for $20.

For people who own Rune, they get 16 new characters and 34 new maps to play on, as well as two new modes. That's a lot of content to add to the game, especially since the original game only had 7 multiplayer maps.

So those that aren't interesting in the singleplayer game can think of Halls of Valhalla as a sort of Q3A-like multiplayer version of Rune. The bargain price of $20 also definitely makes the game appealing.

Be sure to head over to Stomped and check out the rest of the interview, plus the new screen shots of the add-on in action. The Mac version of Halls of Valhalla is expected out mere weeks after the PC is released later this month.

Rune: Halls of Valhalla Interview with Tim Gerritsen at Stomped
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Human Head Studios
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