Rune Sales Figures

March 6th, 2003 by theoddone33

David Anderson wrote it to point out a thread on the official Rune site. As well as discussing the possibility of a sequel to the game, the thread provides some interesting sales figures.

To date, Rune has sold over 270,000 copies world wide (about half and half in US and Europe, with additional copies selling in Australia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Mexico and Russia as well). Mac sales were around 5,000 of these while Linux sales were less than 1,000. The PS2 version sold over 150,000 units, with 100,000 being sold in the US and the rest sold in Europe (not bad for what is essentially a port).

While the lackluster sales of the Linux version are certainly disappointing, it may be important to note that Rune was one of Loki’s later titles. Some of the earlier Loki titles sold much better, but it’s clear that we still have a long way to go before we can compete with larger markets.

28 Responses to “Rune Sales Figures”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    How about Rune sucked. I didn’t like the game at all, that’s why I personally didn’t buy it. Check the reviews, and the demo, and I bet you’d agree. Maybe.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I’ve played through that game 4 times. There isn’t much in the way of cool viking games, but this was definately one. I hope there is a sequel, doubt there will be a linux port….. maybe it’ll be on PS2 again.

  3. Logy Says:

    I played the demo and wasn’t terribly impressed, but I bought Rune and Halls of Valhalla kinda just to support Linux gaming.

    I’m glad I did. I thought the full game kicked ass. It wasn’t anything ground-breaking, but the level design was awesome, the atmosphere was great, and it was entertaining and really well done.

    If the sequel is done by the same company, I’ll buy it in a heartbeat (if they make a native Linux version).

  4. Anonymous Says:

    While I’m a _big_ game player the basic problem for me was that Loki didn’t really port any of the titles I wanted, but tended to almost invariably hit genres or titles that left me cold. Nevertheless, I bought a few to show support. I realise that title choice was not totally under Loki’s control, but of the titles that _did_ come through well…Let’s just say that I think that linuxgamers have a whole different focus to gamers who only have win32.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Linux is more world-wide than Microsoft Windows and Macintosh sales. The reason Rune’s Linux port didn’t get good numbers is because the it had already been pirated through Kazaa and Gnutella and no reason was made to buy the Rune Linux version. You don’t actually think and of those hundreds of thousands of linux gamers in China intend on purchasing anything from the Wild Wild Western civilizations, do you? They will not send one red cent to anyone that isn’t communist. They don’t honor intellectual property, and they sure as hell will not stop at selling bootlog Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Office CDROM’s. I remember when eBay was a young shit of a website, way back when eBay was a subdomain of another and didn’t own yet, and there were so many people selling Photoshop and Microsoft Office for $1.00 that it was laughable! Now eBay has the userbase and doesn’t care if it pushes around or loses .01% of its users who are caught selling pirated software.


  6. Anonymous Says:

    I own Rune,Jagged Alliance 2 and Myth as native Linux games. I played them quite a lot a couple of years ago.

    Yesterday, when I decided to refresh my memories and install these games on my RedHat Phoebe all I get is segmentation faults when I try to run any of these games. Which is sad because at least ja2 and myth2 are awesome games.

    Should I install some compat -libraries or what?
    Is anyone else having same problems? Is my new video card (Radeon 8500) a culprit here?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I thought that the game was great. I played through it many times. I bought HOV, but did not like MP that much. I thought it was a much better single person game. I am glad I bought this game. I really did not have any problems with any part of the game. I would hope that if a sequel was created a linux client would be available.


  8. Hohlraum Says:

    some have never been opened :) I just really wanted them to succeed :( *sigh*

  9. bobcat Says:

    I played the demo, and it turned me off real bad. Here’s how it went:
    Spawn, listen to some guy.
    Jump off a cliff, eat a lizard, jump to a cage, miss and die.
    Spawn, listen to some guy.
    Jump off a cliff, eat a lizard, jump to a cage, miss and die.
    Spawn, listen to some guy.
    Jump off a cliff, eat a lizard, jump to a cage, miss and die.
    Spawn, listen to some guy.
    Jump off a cliff, eat a lizard, jump to a cage, miss and die.

    Well I won’t be buying that one.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    More people are using Linux. More people have proper 3D accelleration. More people have better 3D hardware. More people are taking Linux gaming seriously.

    Rune sucked, if you ask me. It had nice concepts but wasn’t really that fun. Anyone that bought it had already played it on Windows, so very few people cared about the ports.

    To sell about 1/5 of that of a “supported” platform, which can be purchased and is preinstalled in machines that are buyable in most any major computer store is quite a feat for Linux.

    Release more games and better games at the same time as Windows (UT2003s crappy port doesn’t count), and you’ll see a rise as Linux grows.

  11. Dougst3r Says:

    I just so happen to the the proud owner of one copy of Rune for Linux! I was just playing it last night as a matter of fact. Cool!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    that mac amount is awful low, you would think more mac users would have bought it!

  13. Anonymous Says:

    ..after learning out how to stop it from crashing.
    Come on, people! Is a null pointer check really such an effort? Why do you want to record the IP address in the savegame anyway?

    That aside, I thought it was pretty cool (I’ve completed it twice so far) though sadly lacking in interaction compared to, say, Deus Ex or Ultima 9.

    I still mean to get HoV if I can, and I definitely would have bought the Linux version of Deus Ex as well, if the damn thing had been released.

  14. sgaap Says:

    The problem is that most ports came out (also the case with rune for linux) when the windows version was for sale at budget price, sorry, but to really get good sales figures you need some less time between the windows version and the linux port (with tribes2 as good example)
    Or a company has to make a linux version (ut, serious sam, q3, rtcw, or in a short time mohaa and maybe nwn)

    Personally I dont like linux only games, I like games which include support for other platforms than windows, but if I have to choose between a windows only or linux only version I will choose the last one, but most people will not :( (even if they like to play it in linux)

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Heretic 2, Myth 2, and Railroad Tycoon 2; $1.99 at Microcenter. The first two are available online ( All of them are in the OS section of the Washington DC-area Virginia store.

    While they have quite a bit now, I’d guess that over the next month or two they’ll sell everything in the VA store.

    Terminus ($9) and TuxRacer ($30?) are also in stock there along with some apps.

  16. StarTux Says:

    Go to Fry’s and you see a visible mac section near the PC games.

    The Linux section is amongst the books and recently they had a lot of Linux titles for $10, most have gone now, even Tuxracer at $30 has almost all gone.


  17. Anonymous Says:

    The killer for some Linux games is that they come out _way_ after the original Windows versions, and thus cost 5x as much as the Windows variants. Making believe that most of the Linux users who are serious gamers don’t have a Windows partition is a total fantasy. Stop trying to pretend Windows is out of the equation – it’s there, and it’s in big fat red ink.

    This is about market economics – why should I pay $50 when I can pay $10 and just reboot a few times? Honestly, I see the best Linux development scheme at this point being to email icculus or theoddone33, and promise to pay him $2000 if he’ll sign an NDA and port your well-coded engine in his spare time within a couple months. Not as good as a _real_ release, but it still gets those native binaries out faster than Loki usually did. Plus, it’s a decent deal for the developers – if they sell 400 extra copies (which is a real possibility), they’ve more than broken even.

    It’s a bit of the chicken and the egg – no one wants to do native linux games because there’s no market, and there’s no market because there’s no native linux games.


    PS: For the record, I never bought Windows games for more than $30, and more frequently it was $20. I am an all-around cheapskate!

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Has anyone noticed a problem where the game suddenly becomes *really* slow for no apparent reason in the middle of a level, and then returns to “normal” when the scene changes?

    Is there any fix for this?

  19. Anonymous Says:

    IMHO it’s not the greatest game on the market, the little I played with help of the demo from loki it was quite boring.
    But a problem that the linux has, is that there are many who dualboots which makes they will most likely not play games when booted into linux. There is a need to look into the problem with preinstalled microsoft windows on new computers, there can hopefully come a change in this matter here in Europe, when the EU will investigate the matter with all this preinstalled microsoft windows whcih buyers are forced to take at a buy of a computer.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    …as in many other countries too, I think. I would certainly buy it! However windoze version could be purchased in every fscking shop >:-E

  21. Anonymous Says:

    If you are one of the 1,000, go download the Linux version of the Rune Co-op here;

    Here’ the About page from the main Rune Co-op site;

  22. chunky Says:

    For the first time in my life, I feel significant.

    Gary (-;

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Rune always sucked, I tried the demo and neither wanted to buy it for Windows nor for Linux.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    I didnt even knew this game existed, I dont know what it is… flame me for that :)

  25. Anonymous Says:

    Back then I had to make a choice. Heretic2 or Rune. Heretic2 for linux was available in stores here, Rune for linux wasnt, so I picked up Heretic2.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    Damn, all this bollocks about games here and there. No 2 ppl are the same, no 2 will have the same install. I for one only use Linux and if that means I can run Battlefield 1942 with crappy fonts and that it segs after a map, that’s my choice.

    I really believe transgaming will be fixing that in the near future anywayz. It’s all about preferences and in the end I prefer to be myself.

    So, what I really wanted to say was… I just want the 25034 update for Tribes2 to work.

    It keeps segging on the :

    ./ line 60: 25167 Segmentation fault loki_patch –verify patch.dat

    Maybe it’s glibc related, maybe they created the patch before the 2.3.x probs…

    Anyone have an idea?

  27. Anonymous Says:

    I have the Windoze version of Rune. And I have both versions of Tribes2 even (found the linux one cheap).

    But I have to say Rune really 0wnz.

    Saying the single player sucks, that I won’t argue (tho it wasn’t all bad).

    But the great fun of being able to chop yer enemy to pieces online or when LAN’ning…

    So.. if you don’t like it, I’ll just chop of your arm and beat you with it :P

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