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Thursday, April 26, 2001
Westlake Update on Rune: Halls of Valhalla
11:13 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

IMG recently contacted Westlake Interactive concerning the upcoming expansion pack Rune: Halls of Valhalla. The PC version was finished up earlier in the month; the last time we checked in with Westlake they had yet to take a look at the code. Halls of Valhalla will focus on the multiplayer aspects of Rune, providing fans of the game with many new models, maps, and two new online gameplay modes. One unique feature of the title will also be that this expansion won't require the original version of Rune in order to play. So even if you didn't buy the first game, you will be able to pick up Halls of Valhalla for about $20 and start playing -- you will just be limited to online play only.

After chatting quickly with Westlake president Mark Adams, it looks like they do have the code now. Here's more from Mark:

Yes, we received the code just a few days ago and are starting work on it.
The work for HOV will also include the 1.06 update, so we'll probably
release that at the same time HOV finishes up.
The 1.06 update will bring a number of changes for those playing the original Rune, so be on the lookout for that as well. Westlake has also noted in the past that they will likely roll EAX audio enhancements into the 1.06 patch for Rune, so SoundBlaster Live! owners will enjoy an even better experience.

When pressed about the possible timeline for this port, Mark noted it was still too early to tell. We'll likely know more in the coming days how long it will take for them to complete Mac Halls of Valhalla. For now, it's been listed on their Project Status page as "Early Development" and we'll keep you posted if anything changes. Also be sure to check out a new 13MB MPEG movie of Halls of Valhalla in action now available from GameSpot.

Westlake Interactive Project Status Page
Halls of Valhalla MPEG Movie at GameSpot
Gathering of Developers
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Westlake Interactive

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