RuneScape 3 launching this summer

Jagex reveals new update in free-to-play adventure game series arriving later this year.

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RuneScape 3 will launch this summer, Jagex officially announced today. The free-to-play, browser-based game will feature a number of updates thanks to its new HTML5 engine.

Jagex promises improved graphics, longer draw distances, new audio, new design features, and a "world-changing content update" for RuneScape 3.

According to Jagex, the RuneScape series has seen 220 million players since its original release in 2011. The developer is describing RuneScape 3 as "one of the most significant updates in its history."

Discussion

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xXxColdShotxXx
xXxColdShotxXx

Runescape is almost unplayable atm. Jagex refuses to get bigger and better servers and it's constantly lagging and disconnecting. I could imagine how bad it's gonna be when RS3 releases on July 22nd 2013, I think it's gonna be a big mess.

DirkBDaring
DirkBDaring

For all the fanboys/girls, Runescape 3 is an upgrade and nothing more.  RS3 will not be a game changer in any sense.   Most RS players do not play for graphics/sound.   For those still playing RS2.5 (EoC) know the gameplay is still broken and it does not appear the gameplay will be fixed with RS3 release.   For those bored WoW fans, RS3 will definitely be the poor man's version.   But to be fair, check out the RS forums to get a feel of the community and how they view gameplay.   

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

Really? I'm gonna have to get back to RS again

Succumbus
Succumbus

Can't tell you how long I sat with my friends and brother grinding away for runes or risking the wilderness for buried treasure. Weird to think about Runescape 3 coming out after such a long bloody time.

Garydbz25
Garydbz25

It's a good thing Jagex gave us the classic 2007 servers as that's what I will always love about runescape. I hate the way it has changed over the years but will always continue to play long as they keep rs2 with the 2007 servers.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Wait, they made a Runescape 2???  What the hell?  They went form Runescape, to Runescape 3?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I've always wanted Runescape on my console.. since I was a kid..

I'd be all over that like a sweaty rash.

hesoyamdon
hesoyamdon

i would really enjoy to play 2006 runescape game. 

deathwish026
deathwish026

its just runescape 2 running smoother and looking better... runescape 3 is very misleading lol. if u dont have to start a new char then its not a new mmo

Goddammitj
Goddammitj

I seriously doubt Ill play it like I used to, since I imagine most users will not be of similar age (unless the oldies come back to check it out). But Ill give it a go if it still has free users.

Neogamer8
Neogamer8

Glad to see RS getting some press here. They revealed RS3 months ago so this is nothing new to active players but I am glad others get to hear about it here. I regularly play RS and have been for the last 5 years. There have been many changes to the game over the years but they have always been to move the game forward. The number of people playing has dropped quite a bit over the years and the 220 mil players is a bit of a joke as most of those are throw away accounts or bots. However there is still a strong, vocal, and active community that are looking forward to this.

handsomeboy2012
handsomeboy2012

Not excited. RS used to be good, but it has now been taken over by microtransactions, pay-to-win, a new combat system that sucks, way too effortless ways to train skills, poor customer support and many others.

It has lost its unique taste and feels mainstream. So if any of you are planning to take a look, DON'T or you will risk ruining your childhood.

grin89
grin89

this game was my childhood.

emperiox
emperiox

zezima is going to max all his skills out within a week again. Freaking botter should've been banned by now.

emperiox
emperiox

YESSSSSSS OMG I LOVE RUNESCAPE! :D

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

Awesome article, Eddie. A whole 3 paragraphs? At least put effort into this. I mean, a poorly made article is only going to make the hate on this game worse.


You can bash it all you want, it has millions playing and millions having fun. This game will teach you the most important part about MMO's. That other players are jerks. It teaches you how to watch out for scams, patience, it also teaches navigation. I can navigate game worlds amazingly now due to this game. It's a great trainer to larger RPG's, and if you don't want to go hardcore and all out on a game, it can be fairly relaxing. It's amazing what Jagex has accomplished only using Java. I've quit, for good, I never want to visit the home page ever again. But I NEVER want to see a news article on Gamespot saying Runescape has shut down. I hope this game lives many many more years. It's old as hell, but they're still showing great support, constantly giving players something new to do.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Ahhh Runescape, the poor mans WoW. Might go take a look for nostalgia's sake

dkdk999
dkdk999

Man I loved runescape back in 6th grade. Good times...kind of

Malckeor
Malckeor

I just realized, this could possibly be an April Fools' joke.

Dudeinator
Dudeinator

I don't care what anyone says, Runescape was the game that introduced me to MMORPG and PC gaming, and for that I will always remember it fondly.


In fact, I just might check this out in the summer.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 I always preferred Tibia over Runescape, even if you could block people from leaving rooms.

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

WAIT SO YOURE TELLING ME THERES A RUNESCAPE2 !>!>!?!?!?!?!??!?!!>?!>!?>!?!


RUNESCAPE2!?!?!!?!!!!!!

Zeus
Zeus

@xeoneex66 Yeah, they only made a Runescape 2 a whole NINE YEARS AGO.  Way to be with it.

Killdareee
Killdareee

@xeoneex66 What is know nowadays as RuneScape Classic was the original RuneScape.

The game we have now is the RuneScape 2

soolkiki
soolkiki

@handsomeboy2012 Because you knows exactly how this game is going to be...I'm going to check it out because I want to and I don't believe that it's going to "ruin my childhood"...

deathwish026
deathwish026

@emperiox his skills are already maxed out lol.. you play your runescape 2 char in runescape 3

Goddammitj
Goddammitj

@FuriousHamst3r The RuneScape that you probably know of was the second one. There used to be one which used 2d sprites.

Zeus
Zeus

@Renegade__angel A whole three paragraphs INCLUDING a typographical error in regards to rs's start date.

fillup0
fillup0

@Renegade__angel In a lot ways (such as questing, non combat skills and game world design) Jagex has been showing devs how it's done for years, but they haven't listened. The world feels like a real place in its layout rather than a collection of zones as it is in most MMOs, non combat skills are extremely fleshed out and quests have a lot of puzzles and a much more cohesive narrative.

emperiox
emperiox

@dkdk999 HEYY HOW ABOUT YOU COME ON RUNESCAPE AND CALL ME A 6TH GRADER TO MY FACE IN THE WILDY???

soolkiki
soolkiki

@Malckeor It's not.

1. It's not April 1st.

2. This has been building up since a few months ago and was announced the on the Jagex website last week.

fillup0
fillup0

@HiImUPSMan Runescape 1 is Runescape classic. Runescape with 3D character models is Runescape 2. Runescape 3 is this.

deathwish026
deathwish026

@DoubleInfinity @deathwish026 in all honesty.. yes.. ide love the idea of everyone starting fresh again in a brand new version of runescape.. suddenly the playing field just got so much more even and competative.. anyways my runescape 3 hopes have been dashed so my mind is fully on TES online lol

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Zeus @xeoneex66 Why becuase I don't know the exact history of a game?  Grow the fuck up and go back under your bridge troll.

Zeus
Zeus

@xeoneex66 @Zeus Don't get mad at me because you were being an idiot.  Blame yourself for that.