RuneScape is a browser-based fantasy MMORPG from Jagex Ltd. that has been around in some form since 2001. The game takes place in the divided land of Gielinor, where players can create their characters and advance through quests and monster hunting. While there is an overarching storyline, RuneScape is very non-linear, and includes minigames, events, guilds, PvP, and more.
Although RuneScape's roots are old, the game has had several incarnations, with each new version replacing the old. RuneScape HD, for example, a major overhaul, was released in 2008. While the basic game is free to download and play, it is limited, and a subscription will net a player more frequent (and exclusive) content updates, a player home, the ability to play full screen (free users are limited to a windowed client), and more advantages. An item shop is also available for cosmetic items.
During this past weekend's Runefest, Jagex made several big announcements, most notably that the company is bringing the expansion mentality into RuneScape. Starting in 2017, every three months, RuneScape will have a new area or region added to the game, something developers are calling a "new substantial part of the world map" and each will place an emphasis on exploration and discovery.
Rob hopped the pond last weekend and attended Runefest at Battersea Park. Read on to see what all the fuss was about.
Have you ever wanted your own private island? A nice little getaway from the world perhaps? Or something more like a tropical paradise. If you play Runescape, you're that much closer to having one all of your own.
Jagex has announced that it has been acquired by Chinese investors and that a new board of directors has been appointed. The buy out gives Jagex a new investment cycle to grow RuneScape and other related projects including mergers and other acquisitions to expand its gaming operations.
Fifteen years ago, the Gower brothers (Andrew, Paul & Ian) created RuneScape. With today's update, they, in a sense, return to the game in a new quest line called the "Gower Quest". Players are looking into the mysterious disappearance of cabbage mages and provides a lot of "inside jokes" and vintage RuneScape nods.
Jagex will be holding a five hour live stream at 9:00 am Pacific / 12:00 pm Eastern in the Runescape Twitch.tv channel. Called the Summer Summit, the stream will be talking about the future of both Runescape and Old School Runescape as well as the first details about eSports and Chronicle: Runescape Legends.
RuneScape has started a new journey thanks to the launch of the NXT visual engine and game client. The company has been working on NXT for the past couple of years and it recently completed its beta phase of development.
According to DealStreetAsia.com, a Chinese firm has made an offer to purchase Jagex Ltd in its entirety for $300M. Shandong Hongda Mining Co Ltd would become the new owner and is a ferrous metal mining company headquartered in Shanghai, China. According to the news report. Shandong is investing in a "business transformation".
Jagex has announced that its "experiment in emergent PvP", Darkscape will be closed for good on March 28th. The company cites Darkscape's novelty at the start, but that most players have moved back to Runescape and that continued development is not the best allocation of resources.
Jagex is hosting a special charity event that will begin later today and run through Saturday. During the gaming event, as fund raising goals are met, team members will "get gooped with over 1,000 liters of pink, glittery unicorn poo". The team will also be hosting a special charity auction for special collectibles and tech items.