RuneScape 3 now live

Third major iteration to RuneScape features customizable interface and new technical improvements.

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Jagex Games Studio announced that the third iteration of the long-running massively multiplayer online role-playing game RuneScape is out now.

RuneScape 3 features a customizable new interface system, controller support, and a new storyline featuring public world events set over a three-month period. The new version will also have the equivalent of both weekly and monthly leaderboards.

Other changes include improved graphics and draw distances, a better camera system, and improved audio. The new RuneScape update will kick off with the community-focused event The Battle for Lumbridge. The developer recommended that players access the game in the Java client for the first log-in instead of using the beta HTML5 client.

RuneScape was released in 2001 and has over 200 million accounts. The Guinness World Records recognises the game as the world's largest free MMORPG.

Discussion

97 comments
goldiba
goldiba

how i miss old times, when i played this game for days with my friend from school

XUFF
XUFF

I still play the Runescape old school =)

EDFXNights
EDFXNights

Man... i have not played this in years... :) Have not touched it for some reason but it was one of the best during it's prime

grin89
grin89

andrew gower got replaced by a troll?

Emo_Tommy
Emo_Tommy

is this a brand new game, or just an update for the original?

Poodger
Poodger

Runescape did a few things right that remain unmatched, IMO. It had a terrific crafting system. I enjoyed mining and smithing more in Runescape than any other MMO. I absolutely hate the convoluted and boring mess that is crafting in WoW and GW2. Second, Runescape did quests right. I hate random ass quests we get in big name MMO's that don't mean anything, take 5 minutes to complete, and litter the map by the hundreds. In old runescape, there were 50 (maybe less) long quests that spanned the entire world, and everyone in the game knew every quest by name, and it felt like a real triumph to actually complete one. They involved talking to numerous NPC, solving multiple puzzles, collecting and combining items, and finding hidden secrets in the world. THESE are how quests should be. Not the lame ass chores NPCs set you on in modern mmos.

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

Wow, it's another world premier: First MMO with a "3"

And before you Valve-Guys even START to think of it:

Half Life 3 DENIED

ratchet200
ratchet200

Wasn't even aware their was a Runescape 2 O.o

stev69
stev69

Great Scott we are back in good ol 1997!

gosushi
gosushi

They still can't even fucking draw a face....

gosushi
gosushi

People still play this? have they been living under a rock?

frylock1987
frylock1987

I dont see how people still play this game....but...whatever floats their boat and allows them to have fun.

zhaffy
zhaffy

Waiting on a runescape mod for Skyrim...

ninjadan9
ninjadan9

Graphics look the same as the first version.

VeeArSick
VeeArSick

It's not the worlds largest free MMORPG anymore, that's for sure. 

61k People Online @ 8:11pm EST

Latiran
Latiran

People still play this? bwhahahaha

dragonkyn20
dragonkyn20

I didn't even know there was a second iteration. Wow.

Amandamarvell
Amandamarvell

How is this game still going? Even in it's heyday the game was mediocre, and now it's just terrible, dull game-play, bland graphics, excellent and immersive soundtrack I'll give them that. And the F2P portion of the game can be completed in maybe a few weeks, most of that spent grinding and ignoring all the good 'members only' loot. 

Seriously, there are so many other fun MMORPG's out there, with even better ones on the way. Personally, I'm waiting for Star Citizen and the Elder Scrolls Online.

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

Logged in a couple of weeks ago just for the hell of it and it said my last login was over 2000 days ago (5 years ago) I walked around for a bit and logged out. I'll try and go for 10 years before I randomly login and leave again.

blackace
blackace

Never played it. I heard Neverwinter Nights Online is pretty good and also FREE. Might check that out.

ThereWillBeNPCs
ThereWillBeNPCs

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omar_q
omar_q

This game had so much potential, had they simply stopped adding controversial content, basically kept it at 07-08 gameplay and invested in creating a whole new game engine and client that offered graphics which rivaled current MMO's, they would have easily had the greatest MMO on the market. 

numbes
numbes

shooting all day in wolfenstein enemy territory then settle down for a nice bit of fishing at night in runescape thems where the days 

jookiyaya
jookiyaya

This + Oculus Rift please! ^_^

Mr_KMG
Mr_KMG

Got some news for Jagex, if its HTML5 then why is only one browser supported... Don't use a term unless you know exactly what it means and locking access to one browser is definitely not what HTML5 standard is designed for...

Saketume
Saketume

I'm always gameplay before graphics but they could have improved the graphics a bit more =S

It looks so dated.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

love runescape! been playing on/off for last 8 years

okassar
okassar

Like if you got hacked/scammed and quit. Get in on these feels. 115m gp scammed by one of the richest players in Runescape here. 

(I happened to have an extremely successful college career after quitting though lol)

Lerry757
Lerry757

There was a Runescape 2?

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

I hate mmorpg. I hate them because they all look the same, same mechanics, same style, same braindead dullness. I can't understand that kind of game. 

Kraken422
Kraken422

@Poodger Really? Runescape's crafting was so grindy. I agree that the quests had a real sense of Achievement to them, especially the one where you fought the dragon but other than that the game was the ultimate grind fest. 

2k_rammerizkool
2k_rammerizkool

@ThereWillBeNPCs I thought I was the only person who was annoyed at that! THANK YOU


(Honorable mention to @Saketume because god damn please fix this Gamespot please please, especially automatically playing another video at the end)

Saketume
Saketume

@ThereWillBeNPCs  

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Autoplaying at the lowest resolution.

Not remembering that you always change to the highest res every video.

Buffering the entire 720p clip before giving the option to pause.

No 1080p video playback.

Switching to a different article after playback.

This and much much more at the low low price of watching the same ad over and over and over again every time you revisit or reload the page (thank you adblock plus for being my friend).

VeeArSick
VeeArSick

@omar_q I agree. They had established themselves essentially as a light MMO. They had a chance to change combat, change game code, and other things, but decided to keep it simple. It paid off because they ended up having a lot of loyal members who loved RuneScape for the simplicity. 

Then they decided they needed the Evolution of Combat, which essentially made the game like every other MMORPG, except worse because it's in Java. Now the game is in HTML5, but restricted. The controls are still laggy, and what did RuneScape 3 bring to the table? Nothing.

If they would have stuck to the simple combat, and skills, adding graphical updates, updated animations, and new free content. Such as Armor, Weapons, and Skills. Changing codes was brilliant, but it was bad timing. The game is far too old, they stuck with Java far too long, and people are gone.

Why pay 7.95 a month, or whatever absurd amount it is to play this game when games like Guild War's 2 are free? The answer is simple, you shouldn't.

Meteor7
Meteor7

@Pilgrim117 That is your opinion, but I have no problem with MMOs. I get the same feeling when I play FPS games. The reason why MMOs are going down a bad path is because WoW changed the community and gathered up a pretty big subscription base. A lot of other companies wanting to follow them have to success, but they get squashed eventually because they bring nothing new to the table, but not all are like that.

ThereWillBeNPCs
ThereWillBeNPCs

@Pilgrim117 Theres a feeling i get with rs. just play one and fuck the rest in my opinion, dont even look at them just play one

Stiler
Stiler

@Pilgrim117 That's the main problem with mmo's. 

In the first generation of mmo's you had extremely different games. 

 Ultima ONline was VERY different compared to Everquest for instance. It wasn't a theme park world, there were no "quests" to follow, it wasn't focused on killing crap to get "loot" so you can go killer bigger crap to get better loot. 

Asheron's Call on the other hand focused on having monthly updates that actually impacted the game world. They had story updates that could change the world, you'd see story elements actually happening IN game and they could even hav eseasons happen (IE a place that was once green/spring time would have snow falling then later that evening when you login again it'd be even more snowy/covered in snow). 

These updates made Asheron's Call's world feel so dynamic and "alive" as it kept changing and bringing new things to the game.

Everquest was the "big" one, it set in stone the quest-focus item-centric formula with it's themepark world. IT was "THE" mmo of it's time and after it almost every-single mmo followed the same basic formula as it did. 

This is what led to the "clone" feeling you are talking about, where most mmo's (like WoW) feel like you're playing the same game over and over just with some minor "tweaks" or  a new skin over it. 

Sadly outside of indie mmo's that almost never have a decent budget to compete with a AAA mmo you dont' get any mmo's that try things differently, ones that try to do what UO did or anything.

Poodger
Poodger

@Kraken422 @Poodger Perhaps, but it was also simple and easy enough to tackle. I can't stand all that is involved with crafting in MMO's today. Trying to get all the mats together to be able to make something is just not fun at all, and usually boils down to just buying them from the auction house. IU don't even bother with crafting anymore since it feels like a very sidelined feature to me. At least in Runescape, mining and smithing had an experience system that borrowed from the combat experience system, and I felt like I was making progress without having to overthink anything. I mean, crafting in general isn't meant to be fun... it is work meant to produce money. I don't have fun crafting regardless, so I myself would rather grind for crafting than have to gather tons of materials to craft a generic pair of boots.

Kraken422
Kraken422

@Poodger @Kraken422 Personally I like being able to craft things for myself which really wasn't an option in Runescape seeing as all the materials were in locations which required high levels.That being said I did love the game for a very long time and can appreciate the simplicity of it crafting system. It was a good thing that Bronze Armour and Rune Armour required the same number of ingots and no extra, special ingredient. That actually makes sense.