After a long silence, Human Head shared this message a few days ago:
We have an important announcement regarding RUNE and the future:
We are very pleased to announce that through securing additional funding sources we are now able to deliver the game experience that we want our fans to play immediately on Day 1. We no longer have to utilize an early access development process. Instead we will be launching directly into a 1.0 release later this year, paired with a strong roadmap of post-release content to follow.
We anticipate giving you a launch time frame very shortly – thanks for your patience! We know you have a ton of questions for us and we encourage you to ask them below with the expectation that we might not be able to answer it just yet. We don’t want to leave you hanging, but we do want to pick the right moment and the right people to deliver those announcements.
On behalf of the entire team working on RUNE, we want to thank you for being a fan of our dreams and visions. We would also like to thank you for your patience and understanding.