Runes: The Forgotten Path is a VR game currently making its rounds through Kickstarter. The game comes from Stormborn Studio in Italy and is described as “a fantasy world in which you play as a renegade wizard” who traces the outline of shapes in the air in order to cast spells to solve puzzles or battle enemies.
As you can see, Runes: The Forgotten Path is a mostly first-person experience with some beautiful effects. You play a renegade wizard who is on the hunt for the memories which were stolen from them. There will be those that stand in your way and try to foil your plan as you play through what the developers call a “post apocalyptic fantasy world”. That is, of course, not even mentioning the puzzles.
What truly seems to make Runes: The Forgotten Path a unique VR game is how it utilizes space. Many VR titles are confined to space in the headset wearer’s room. Runes’s locomotion system, which they have dubbed 4th Wall, transitions players from first to third-person gameplay in order to traverse long distances.
This means that you fight enemies, cast spells, and solve puzzles in first person, but when it comes to taking a walk to an object you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get to, you simply enter third-person mode. Stormborn Studios utilizes this system in the gameplay as well, applying it to puzzles and environmental challenges in their demos.
The developers recently offered Kickstarter backers an opportunity: fully fund the game by May 22nd, and all backers will receive a free upgrade to the next highest tier. If you want to get your hands on a copy of Runes: The Forgotten Path, make sure you check out the game’s Kickstarter and wishlist it on Steam. It will be available for the Vive and Oculus later this year.