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.
A pocket-sized game that's loaded with a heavyweight, continuing story? That's the idea behind Runescape: Idle Adventures, an ongoing collaboration between Jagex and Hyper Hippo. We sent Gareth Harmer to meet with two developers behind the game and find out more.
Jagex marks 15 years of Runescape with a flurry of announcements: Chronicle heads to open beta in March, Runescape: Idle Adventures is revealed, and much more besides. We sent columnist Gareth Harmer along to the birthday celebrations to find out more.