Old School RuneScape continues to operate as a democracy. Major development updates proposed for the game must be passed by a three-fourths majority, Ogilvie and Kemp explained. “We’ve had a thousand updates and 90 percent of them have passed,” Kemp stated. “That really validates that effort that we put into [the game].” After being in beta for the last six months, Chronicle: Runescape Legends, Jagex’s card battler based on their popular MMO Runescape, has now been released on Steam.
A new update for RuneScape was recently launched, which improved performance and revamps the MMO’s graphical engine. Despite launching the new update, the team behind RuneScape is still dedicated to running a legacy server. Old School RuneScape runs along with the main game, allowing players to play the game much the same as it was when the title was at its height almost ten years ago. This isn’t only RuneScape spinoff within the works. Last year I had a play of Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, the industry card game built inside the RuneScape universe.
Despite launching the update, the team behind RuneScape is still dedicated its more nostalgic players. Old School RuneScape continues to run concurrently with the main game, offering a version that looks much the same as it did nearly 10 years ago at its height. Silent Hunter is split into big operations – instead of the open world fans of the franchise will be used to – which are further split into big missions, and they themselves are split into small objectives. At first, all you are doing is following around British freighters. You either blow them up, or just collect intel on them. Such missions all follow the same pattern:
You jump into the mission and have to find the vessels… actually, let’s go back a bit. You have to travel to the mission first, which can take up to 24 hours in real time (unless you want to spend Time Compression Points, which are limited, but do eventually regenerate after a day), then you can jump into the mission and try to find the vessels. Old School RuneScape, an officially run legacy server created by Jagex, opened in early 2013 following a fan vote. The developer opened up the poll at the request of fans who made their desires to play the older version of the game they’d grown up with known to the team.
From the studio best known as the creator of iconic MMO RuneScape, Chronicle is an enthralling new game where every card is an action; there’s no mana, no minions and definitely no random number generation. While not in any way opposed to the idea of making games catered to those with less time on their hands, I’m not sure how this model will translate to an RPG. Part of the deal with role-playing games, as far as I see it, is that you’re expected to spend hours at a time delving into their worlds and characters and plotlines.
Then again, AdVenture Capitalist has shifted over 10 million copies to date, so what do I know? It’ll be interesting to see how this one pans out in any event. It has been a major success. Old School RuneScape hit one million accounts a few months after launch. Ogilvie and Kemp stated that more users voted in favor of legacy servers than the hundreds of thousands who are still actively playing, proving that the community supported launching a retro rs gold version of RuneScape.