When Bethesda abruptly shut down venerable Wisconsin-based developed Human Head Studios earlier this week, fans weren't the only ones who were surprised.
In a statement released this evening, publisher Ragnarok LLC, who worked with Human Head Studios to develop Rune 2, called the move "shocking news." In fact, Ragnarok apparently learned of the closure at the same time as everyone.
It has since released a statement reassuring players that support will continue for the newly-released action game. Here's the statement in full.
Yesterday, we successfully launched RUNE II onto the Epic Games Store and the game's demand has exceeded our expectations. We're very thankful that everyone wants to play our game. First and foremost—we love this game and we will continue to support RUNE II. James and Mitch are still here to answer questions and provide the same great open communication and transparency that you've come to expect from us.
Today, developer Human Head Studios announced that they closed their doors and will be starting a new studio. This is shocking news to us, as there are several entities working on RUNE II – we found out about this news when you did. Human Head had a longstanding agreement with RUNE II's publisher, Ragnarok Game, LLC, to provide ongoing support for the game. We are working quickly to resolve any current technical issues while we build the team that will execute the exciting planned future of RUNE II's post-launch content strategy. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through any launch issues.
Our plan remains to continue working on RUNE II and launch onto other PC platforms in 2020. We're excited to show you the future of RUNE II content. Stay tuned!
Rune 2 is the sequel to a Norse action game released in 2000 and PlayStation 2. It was released on the Epic Games Store just yesterday, and still lists Human Head Studios as its developer and publisher.
Founded in 1997 after a split with Raven Software, Human Head Studios is best known for its work on the original Prey. The studio is no more, but it lives on as Roundhouse Studios, a new subsidiary of Bethesda. The entire Human Head team will be retained at the new studio.
We've reached out to Bethesda for comment on Ragnarok's statement. We'll update this story as necessary.