The year has just begun and Jagex has already laid out loads of the new content that RuneScape players can expect over the next few months. Community Manager Mod Shauny has showcased the game updates that are planned for release over the course of the next four months or so.
RuneScape’s 18th birthday on January 4th will bring back the celebratory in-game item ‘Anniversary cake’. The main event will be on January 7th when Mining and Smithing skills get a full rework. Mining rocks will no longer make them deplete, so players will not have to hop worlds to find them. The tiers of ore and metal also will require the same level to mine and smith as they do to wear the gear made with them. Player-owned farms will get improvements with newly purchasable animal stables and farmhands to hire.
Back in September, we received word that the mobile version of Old School RuneScape will be releasing at the end of October. Now, OSRS has finally launched as a free-to-play game for both iOS and Android mobile devices. The game is cross-platform so players can switch between PC and mobile devices to continue their adventures.
While the game is free-to-play, there are limitations to what free players can do. A membership is offered for expanding the world map, adding more bank account slots, and more.
Jagex has announced that RuneScape Classic will be shutting down in a few months partly due to exploits. They explain that with advances in technology to further support both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, their tools are no longer compatible with the Classic version. In particular, the tools for detecting macro’s and ensuring community safety. This action will ensure that the abuse of 3rd party macro tools and the ever increasing botting issue will end.
Jagex is giving a two and a half month heads up for players to have the opportunity to have their last goodbyes. The RuneScape Classic servers will be taken offline on August 6, 2018 8:00 AM BST. Players can continue to play as normal until that date. Meanwhile, Old School RuneScape has already begun beta testing for its mobile version and RuneScape’s mobile version is not far behind.
Development for Old School Runescape Mobile seems to be on track with more than 5,000 beta invites recently sent out by Jagex. Runescape, the classic fantasy MMORPG currently has two versions. The modern version of the game uses a new and more powerful engine with modern eye-pleasing graphics and updated combat and skill system. In 2013, Jagex released a 2007 version of the game known as Old School Runescape (2007scape) to please players who prefer the game in its original state before major core gameplay updates. Both will come out with mobile versions, but Old School Runescape Mobile will be launching first.