Science Fantasy RPG Runa launches on KickStarter April 16

It's always good to see indie studios tackle making an RPG; and Fennec Studio has been attempting just that with their debut project, Runa. Having been in development since at least late 2021 according to the game's official Twitter profile. The game has recently been added to Steam, and the studio plans to officially launch a Kickstarter for the project on April 16. As part of the announcement, the studio put together an announcement trailer showcasing a bunch of what the game is about.

This turn-based RPG is inspired by JRPG classics; two of which are clearly Persona and Xenoblade, going by the trailer, and some of the development updates shared across the last 2 1/2 years of development. Stay tuned for when the game launches on Kickstarter, next week.

Runa Screenshots


Runa is an adventure game inspired by modern and classic JRPG, with turn-based battle system, social links and a story-rich science fantasy world. Promising to keep intact what makes classic JRPG games fun, Runa also features elemental puzzles and base building, as well as minigames like farming, fishing and cooking.

Runa is set in a world in which runas symbolize the technological advancements of an ancient civilization. Whether for domestic use or combat, the use of runas is key. Only some people, known as adepts, are able to fully control them and unleash their true powers.

Key Features

  • Explore a huge world - The world of Runa is a colorful and vibrant fantasy one, but also full of mysteries and sci-fi elements. Follow the journey of a group of adventurers who, driven by their unique motivations, find themselves traveling the world and unraveling all its hidden secrets.
  • Fight turn-based battles - The "Elemental Break System" is a battle system inspired by JRPG classics: turn-based battles with ordered turns, elemental affinities and strategical approach. With 4 active and a total of 7 party members, that can be swapped anytime -no turn wasted-, group ultimates, and a lot of powerful skills!
  • Relationships and romance - Date different characters individually to strengthen your relationships with them. If you're trying to find that special someone in the world of Runa, you'll have more than 15 romance options, including same-gender relationships.
  • Solve elemental puzzles - Solve a wide variety of elemental riddles, with 7 different elements and 12 elemental skills at your disposal. Engage in quick puzzles in both the overworld and cities, and navigate dungeons designed around unique puzzle combinations.
  • Base building and minigames - Build your own base in the city of Enyth by creating and enhancing buildings according to your preferences. Recruiting certain characters or completing important quests unlock the creation of some buildings, including: Residences, Canteen, Dojo, Lab, Farm, Runa Research Center, Antique Shop...

And more...

  • Weather & Time changes
  • Day and Night cycle
  • Mixed calendar system
  • Elaborate dialogue system with choices
  • No silent protagonist
  • Elaborate quests
  • Hand-painted minimaps