Last week, Jagex sent a notice to RuneLive developers demanding they cease work and not release any further updates to the plugin. This was due to internal plans for a visual upgrade plugin that is in early development. Following community response, the Old School RuneScape team and RuneLite developers 117 and Adam were in discussions together to work out an agreement that could see RuneLive as a bridge system to the new in-house option. Today, 117Scape's update release was confirmed by the team and 117Scape as part of this new arrangement.
Jagex will continue to work on its internal client, but for now, RuneLive can, well, live. The 117Scape HD Plugin has been released. The update is available directly from the RuneLite plugin hub and is solely maintained by 117Scape and the RuneLite team. They make clear on the announcement of the new agreement terms, that this is solely a community based project and Jagex can't help with support or any issues. Common when it comes to unofficial projects by modders, but it bears repeating since this release came with a rollercoaster of being nearly ready, to almost shut down, to now an amicable release.
The official Old School RuneScape team will be sharing details on its own work and HD client options soon. If last week’s announcements also hold, they will also be clarifying information on third-party plugins. Since it is expected that RuneLive will be a bridge to the new client, there’s no word yet on what this will mean once that’s out.
The first info released about the in-house HD C++ client will be in a revamped Gielinor Gazette. The first details, including features, and new enhanced mobile details, will be released soon. The internally developed HD client is scheduled for sometime this year. But until then, the community has RuneLive after speaking up in support and an amenable agreement, showing that there is power in dedicated community. You can read the full release announcement here on the Old School RuneScape updates page.