Remember Old School RuneScape? Only a few days ago, game developer Jagex has announced the launch of Old School RuneScape. This expansion into the mobile platform delivers interoperable cross-platform play, enabling players to jump from PC to mobile and back again.
It is rare to see a desktop massively multiplayer online game (“MMOG”) in a mobile platform where it is connected to the main servers. Most of the time the desktop and mobile versions are two separate worlds, or an adaptation of the former. Old School RuneScape will fulfil over one million pre-orders or pre-registrations for the game placed by mobile gamers in its build to launch. A further million mobile gamers are already the game on Android following its Members’ Beta and soft launch over the summer.
Offering hundreds of hours of adventuring in the free-to-download app, Old School RuneScape joins other popular subscription-based entertainment apps, such as Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube Premium, as it becomes the first mainstream game to transfer its monthly membership1 offering to mobile. Membership provides players with additional content, skills and quests.
John Colgrave, Producer, Old School RuneScape, said,
Delivering the same wealth of content as its PC counterpart, expanding Old School RuneScape’s availability to mobile devices is an incredible achievement and one the team is extremely proud of. Its arrival on iOS and Android is something our community has been exceptionally hungry for and, through beta and soft launch, we’ve worked closely with them to refine and optimise Old School’s mobile interface, including the introduction of a customisable, one-touch action button, and intuitive touch-screen controls.
Old School RuneScape is part of the $1 billion RuneScape franchise and is based on the iconic MMORPG as it was in 2007. Featuring adventures for solo play through to 100-player strong raids and delivering new lands and new adventures that take it far beyond a purely nostalgic vanilla experience, Old School RuneScape’s popularity has continued to grow in its five years as a living game.
Old School features polled content that must be voted into the game by its players before being put live. Recently revealed content being polled includes a whole new territorial expansion – The Kebos Lowlands – which would bring a mix of low to high-level quests, monsters, and activities to the game. Future proposed content includes a new skill – Warding – and a lost elvish city, all subject to player backing.
Phil Mansell, CEO, Jagex, said,
Today’s launch of Old School RuneScape on mobile leads the charge as we bring two of the world’s most popular MMORPGs to the world’s most popular gaming devices. We believe in taking our living games to wherever our players want them and, with the mobile editions offering full and seamless cross-platform play with PC, players can now continue their adventures on either platform and on the move. The arrival of Old School RuneScape on mobile, and our ongoing work to also bring RuneScape to mobile, is testament to our investment in the continued growth for both titles and building our vision for living games.
Old School’s competitive gameplay has made it the #1 MMORPG in competitive gaming thanks to the gripping Deadman tournaments. Streamed live on Twitch, the tournaments, plus all the other Old School streams, has made Old School one of the most-watched titles on the network.
Jagex is not stopping with Old School RuneScape. The Members Beta on Android for RuneScape is currently underway and will soon be available for all players once it is ready to shake the MMOG landspace.
Be sure to check the comprehensive breakdown of membership benefits only at the RuneScape Wiki.
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