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Forums Announcements Road Map Female Player Character [Complete]

This topic contains 11 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  HHJames October 29, 2018.

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  • #9893

    In our October 20 playtest, you’ll be able to slay enemies, defeat rival Vikings, and sail to dangerous lands…as a female.

    Our female player character is in the game and ready to take down Loki. Similarly to the male player character, she will have her own customizable hairstyles and tattoos. However, she’ll use the same armor, weapons, Rune powers, and god alignment benefits as the male character.


    To support the game design, we had to match and accommodate, one-for-one, the armor/wardrobe and weapon systems. She can do and use everything the male player can, so our first step was to fashion all existing armor to fit her proportions. Additionally, we needed to design a new base costume for her chest, and new chest armor versions for all available torso armor.

    Having a female player character was always on our battle plan and we were able to get motion capture of both male and female characters during our initial recording last year. Every animation is then hand-edited to smooth out the movement and fit the gameplay. Like most things when designing a female player character, we’ve tried to avoid a stereotypical portrayal and aimed to make her movements every bit as agile and determined as the male’s.

    Our art department’s primary goal was to make certain that she was strong and capable in appearance. At the same time, we also wanted her to maintain an attractive feminine quality – a beautiful woman that can kick your ass, and then bite the head off a lizard!

    We really liked the portrayal of strong women in the show Vikings. Lagertha, portrayed by actor Katheryn Winnick, and Porunn, portrayed by actor Gaia Weiss were very inspirational. From the athletic anatomy side, we referenced various female crossfit enthusiasts, and UFC athletes like Holly Holm. Her facial features were comprised of various elements inspired by Polina Chernenko, Claire Holt, Scarlett Johansson, and others who possess what’s known as facial “angel beauty,” and who also possess golden ratio facial proportions. Hairstyle inspiration came from shows like Vikings, and Game of Thrones, and numerous fans of Norse styles and Viking reenactments.

    The female player character is now in testing, which means you can expect to see her in the upcoming October 20 playtest. Click here to take the oath and claim your Closed Beta key before it’s too late.


    Current State – 10/17/18

    The female is now in the game and working. She has a number of hairstyles that can be selected in the character creator screen. She also has a variety of weapons and armor pieces that you can find and craft during gameplay. We’ve also refined her movement and combat animations. As we continue to approach Early Access, you’ll see improvements to her tattoos as well as the gore/dismemberment system.

    Originally Posted: 9/19/18

    The female has a completed model and textures. She is currently rigged and weighted for animation work. The animation team is currently working on her motion capture animation cleanup and getting these working in the game. We are working on fitting all of the armor pieces to her model. We are also currently modeling and texturing the different female hairstyles, and working on all underlying gameplay code needed to have another character model.



  • #9982

    “…you will be unable to assign a mustache or a beard to the female character.”


    Boo! Boo, I say!


    Thank the gods the game will have mod support!




    Seriously though, she looks great so far! Can’t wait to see her in-game.

  • #9986

    Thanks HT! We can’t wait to debut some footage of her 😀

    • #9989

      I can’t wait to see that! 🙂

  • #9996

    Wow, thanks guys for this wonderful game 🙂

    • #9999

      Thank you for joining the forums Howlmighty! Make sure to sign up for the beta if you haven’t already: /rune-beta-program/

  • #10088

    Wonderful decision. A strong female character is always great!

  • #10092

    Can we make her bald too? The long hair isn’t the best choice for a warrior, you know.

  • #10106

    I like her a lot, but wish she was a little bulkier, more muscular.

    • #10107

      Your input is appreciated, glad you like her overall!

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