The word Runa depicted over an image of four characters on a cliffside looking at the world in front of them.
Image from Runa on YouTube.

Upcoming Persona and Xenoblade inspired RPG ‘Runa’ gets crowdfunded after 18 hours

A new fan-favorite JRPG!

Sci-Fi Fantasy game Runa has shattered expectations, meeting both its initial goal and its first stretch goal just 24 hours after being launched on Kickstarter.

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Runa was created by Fennec Studios using classic JRPG games as inspiration. It is set in the world of Akasha, which has elements of both Sci-Fi and fantasy and has a somewhat nostalgic turn-based combat system.

Its environments are varied and include ancient ruins, wide-open fields, and brightly colored cities. Runa has a day and night cycle and a weather system, allowing players to experience the environment in all manner of different conditions. I'm a big fan of the city environments as they are a nice mix of retro and futuristic.

One of the cities in Runa with brightly colored buildings and blue skies.
Image via Runa on YouTube.

I found the base mechanics to be particularly exciting. As you recruit more characters and complete quests, you're able to add new buildings and rooms to the base. Some of these areas, like the Farm, come with their own mini-games. This makes building a base a nice mix of both fun and functional.

A two-story base that can be built in the middle of a town in Runa.
Image via Runa on YouTube.

However, it also appears to be a good place to speak with the NPCs you've recruited! This segment of the trailer appears to have been taken from the area beneath the base, judging by the hanging sign and lanterns.

Interacting with an NPC at your base in Runa.
Image via Runa on YouTube.

In addition to the base mechanics, we also get a glimpse of what romanceable relationships could look like in Runa. There are over 15 romanceable NPCs, including the sunset-watching Alya. New dialogue and scenes are unlocked between the player and any NPC as the relationship progresses. Most importantly, any of the romanceable characters can be dated regardless of the gender of your character!

An interaction between the player and a red-haired girl named Ayla in Runa.
Image via Runa on YouTube.

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How you can support Runa

If you want to support Runa and its developers, one of the easiest ways is by following them on social media. They post updates on both their Kickstarter and the game itself on the official Runa X (formerly known as Twitter) account. Runa can also be supported financially through donations to their Kickstarter. They have already reached their funding goals, but still have backer rewards available for anyone wanting to donate. Additionally, they have two new stretch goals that additional funding will be used for.

Runa Kickstarter backer perks

Currently, Runa has eight different rewards still available for backers. All of the rewards will include early access to the game later on, so you'll be among the first to try it out! Six of these eight rewards are limited in quantity, so I recommend checking them out quickly before they're gone forever.

Reward NamePrice
(USD)
Reward PerksAmount Available
[Early] Elemental Adept (II)$22- Early Access Game Key
- Discord Backer Title
- Digital Wallpaper Set
Limit: 300
Elemental Adept$27
- Early Access Game Key
- Discord Backer Title
- Digital Wallpaper Set
No limit
Demo Access$48- Early Access Game Key
- Private Demo - PC Access
- Discord Exclusive Demo Access
- Digital Wallpaper Set
- Digital Artbook
- Digital OST
- Discord Backer Title

In-Game Rewards
- Commemorative Grave with your name
- Your name in the Credits
No limit
Mount and Pet Pack$101- Early Access Game Key
- Private Demo - PC Access
- Discord Exclusive Demo Access
- Digital Wallpaper Set
- Digital Artbook
- Digital OST
- Discord Super Backer Title

In-Game Rewards
- Backer Exclusive Mount
- Backer Exclusive Pet
- Commemorative Grave with your name
- Your name in the Credits (Super Backer)
Limit: 1,200
Tribute Statue$117- Early Access Game Key
- Private Demo - PC Access
- Discord Exclusive Demo Access
- Digital Wallpaper Set
- Digital Artbook
- Digital OST
- Discord Super Backer Title

In-Game Rewards
- Custom Statue with your name and a message
- Backer Exclusive Mount
- Backer Exclusive Pet
- Your name in the Credits (Super Backer)
Limit: 1,050
Hero Mausoleum$144- Early Access Game Key
- Private Demo - PC Access
- Discord Exclusive Demo Access
- Digital Wallpaper Set
- Digital Artbook
- Digital OST
- Discord Top Backer Title

In-Game Rewards
- Custom Mausoleum with your name and a message
- Custom Statue with your name and a message
- Backer Exclusive Mount
- Backer Exclusive Pet
- Your name in the Credits (Top Backer)
Limit: 450
Elemental Beast Designer$1,382- Early Access Game Key
- Private Demo - PC Access
- Discord Exclusive Demo Access
- Digital Wallpaper Set
- Digital Artbook
- Digital OST
- Discord Runa Designer Title
- Discord Top Backer Title

In-Game Rewards
- Design an Elemental Beast with the game's team that will be in the game.
- Custom Mausoleum with your name and a message
- Custom Statue with your name and a message
- Backer Exclusive Mount
- Backer Exclusive Pet
- Your name in the Credits (Top Backer)
Limit: 7
Recruitable NPC Designer$2,445- Early Access Game Key
- Private Demo - PC Access
- Discord Exclusive Demo Access
- Digital Wallpaper Set
- Digital Artbook
- Digital OST
- Discord Runa Designer Title
- Discord Top Backer Title

In-Game Rewards
- Design a Custom NPC with the game's team that will be in the game.
- Custom Mausoleum with your name and a message
- Custom Statue with your name and a message
- Backer Exclusive Mount
- Backer Exclusive Pet
- Your name in the Credits (Top Backer)
Limit: 5

The Kickstarter provides a glimpse at what some of these in-game rewards will look like. If your reward includes a grave, a statue, or a mausoleum, they'll look like the images below.

The gravestone, statue, and mausoleum backer rewards in Runa.
Image via Runa on Kickstarter.

Additionally, the special backer pet is a blue Fennec that can transform into a larger mount for you to ride.

The special blue Fennec pet in Runa.
Image from Runa on Kickstarter.

Runa Kickstarter stretch goals

Currently, there are two stretch goals Runa's Kickstarter will be funding. Runa's developers have stated that regardless of whether stretch goals are being completed or not, they will complete the game "according to its complete vision". This means that important systems won't be removed if goals aren't met, and likewise stretch goals won't be added for features that won't improve players' gameplay experience.

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Fishing stretch goal

The first of these is their fishing mini-game, with the stretch goal being about $63,927 in US dollars. Even if the stretch goal is not met, the mini-game is intended to be in the final version of the game. However, meeting the goal will allow the development team to improve upon the fishing mini-game and have it ready in time for the Early Access version of Runa. This stretch goal has already been met as of 12:17 pm CST on April 17th, 2024.

A player fishing at a blue lake in Runa.
Image from Runa on Kickstarter.

Character stretch goal

The next stretch goal, which will be achieved at a total donation of $101, 217.75, will unlock two new romanceable characters. The first of these characters is a lance-using Void Adept named Angelo. The second is a masked Aether Adept named Meithen, who looks to be an assassin-type character.

The Angelo and Meithen character designs as part of the Runa stretch goal.
Image from Runa on Kickstarter.

The Runa devs have hinted at further stretch goals if these two are completed. These future stretch goals would potentially include more mini-games, romanceable characters, and even a physical copy of the game just for backers!

The concept art for the physical copy of Runa if enough funding is received.
Image via Runa on Twitter.

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