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[Preview] Runescape: Introducing RuneScape 3.0

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,633MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

RuneScape is one of the most enduring MMOs in the entire online game space. Now entering its third incarnation, we have a terrific preview to share with our readers. See what we have to say before adding your voice to the discussion in the comments.

And so while a lot of you deem RuneScape as one of those products that lots of other people play, Jagex are looking to remedy the situation, and with the 3rd iteration are pulling back the curtain to the wider world and showing off their game beyond their own, humongous, community.

Read more of Adam Tingle's Introducing RuneScape 3.0.

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“...a quietly massive groundbreaking, ultra popular fantasy simulation.”

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  • flizzerflizzer Manchester, NHPosts: 1,550Member Uncommon
    uhmm... It looks like WoW now.  I think I preferred the old looking Runescape, lol.
  • sacredfoolsacredfool prague, TXPosts: 760Member Uncommon

    I came back to runescape and played it for a while recently. I am really happy for them despite their very aggressive cash shop and unbelievable by todays standards grind to achieve anything.  I would advise anyone whos childhood memories are linked to RS to come back and have a look at it after that update. :)

     

    They also started an Oldschool server using a backup from 2007 without all the new shenningingangs.


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  • flizzerflizzer Manchester, NHPosts: 1,550Member Uncommon

    For me 2007 is not "old school"  but  "new school".   Im talking about Runescape 2004 and earlier.

  • RaventreeRaventree Yourtown, MNPosts: 456Member
    For me this game has always sat firmly in the crusty old games that won't die for some reason category.  I have never gotten past looking at it briefly and wondering why it is still running.  That being said, a massive overhaul might be a good reason to take a closer look.

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  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member

    So many years of my childhood spent playing this game, it's remarkable just how popular this game really became, I remember back in 2008 or so the accounts logged in at one time would be in the 250,000 range, not subscribers, just logged in at that moment. Even at this moment current Runescape has 80,000 logged on and oldschool has 27,000.

     

    I look forward to giving Runescape 3 a whirl.

     
     

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  • zastenzasten nowherePosts: 283Member
    I would go back and have a look, but last time I did, my max level char had been hacked and all my items were gone!
  • MkilbrideMkilbride Hooksett, NHPosts: 637Member Uncommon
    I lost years of  my life as a kid on this, it was a great game. I came back and played it for like two weeks recently and still one of the better MMO's on the market. Sad statement right there.

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  • mastersomratmastersomrat Saint Charles, MOPosts: 368Member
    Did skills transfer from 1 to 2?  Will they transfer from 2 to 3?  Trying to decide to start now or wait.
  • MkilbrideMkilbride Hooksett, NHPosts: 637Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by mastersomrat
    Did skills transfer from 1 to 2?  Will they transfer from 2 to 3?  Trying to decide to start now or wait.

    Skills did transfer. I'm torn though. I want to experience the old content again, but the thought of staring over from 0 in a game with a grind like this...yeesh.

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  • bbbb42bbbb42 none, FLPosts: 297Member Uncommon
    i like how the castle almost looks like its made out of lego blocks

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  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Raventree
    For me this game has always sat firmly in the crusty old games that won't die for some reason category.  I have never gotten past looking at it briefly and wondering why it is still running.  That being said, a massive overhaul might be a good reason to take a closer look.

    It doesn't sound like you really gave it a chance then. Maybe you just dislike skill-based games but RS is one of the better games out there. Great quests with great stories, achievements that you actually want to finish, and an economy largely based on player crafting. I remember cutting down logs and sell them in AH, all the while ranking the skill associated with cutting down logs (forgot the skill name).

     

    This article actually reminded me of RS and what a good time I had in the game and now I'm going to go give it a try to see what's changed.

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  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Razeekster
    Originally posted by Raventree
    For me this game has always sat firmly in the crusty old games that won't die for some reason category.  I have never gotten past looking at it briefly and wondering why it is still running.  That being said, a massive overhaul might be a good reason to take a closer look.

    It doesn't sound like you really gave it a chance then. Maybe you just dislike skill-based games but RS is one of the better games out there. Great quests with great stories, achievements that you actually want to finish, and an economy largely based on player crafting. I remember cutting down logs and selling them in the AH, all the while ranking the skill associated with cutting down logs (forgot the skill name).

     

    This article actually reminded me of RS and what a good time I had in the game and now I'm going to go give it a try to see what's changed.

     

    Accidental double post when editing :o

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  • skunrooskunroo WhyallaPosts: 27Member
    RS was at its best when lumbridge was the only safe area.
  • hockeyplayrhockeyplayr Middlesex, NJPosts: 604Member Uncommon
    I long for 2004/2005 runescape... Looking into trying 3.0 if it is a separate game from runescape 2 (like they did when runescape 2 came out and had that and classic) and not just a huge update
  • polySurfacepolySurface SydneyPosts: 72Member Uncommon
    Unfortunately jagex is all about the money and no longer the game today. Seems any new content is just an excuses for another cash grab. If the wheel is gone in 3 ill definitely return.

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  • AlomarAlomar Middle Earth, NJPosts: 449Member Uncommon
    Wow, I am a veteran mmo player pondering where to go next...lol Runescape classic -> RS 2 was my first mmo and I will always cherish it and those memories fondly. I have never returned since leaving as it was simply a starter mmo for when I was 9 years old. Looks like I'll be heading back to Runescape this summer to give it a go.

    Dozens of MMO's, RTS's, FPS's, etc.

  • usuckmmorpgcomusuckmmorpgcom c, KYPosts: 1,348Member
    Originally posted by polySurface
    Unfortunately jagex is all about the money and no longer the game today. Seems any new content is just an excuses for another cash grab. If the wheel is gone in 3 ill definitely return.

    And that would be different from any other MMO how?

  • polySurfacepolySurface SydneyPosts: 72Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by topographic
    Originally posted by polySurface
    Unfortunately jagex is all about the money and no longer the game today. Seems any new content is just an excuses for another cash grab. If the wheel is gone in 3 ill definitely return.

    And that would be different from any other MMO how?

    Encouraging gambling with real world currency on games of chance is not the way to go about it. Vanity items etc to generate income is fine not gambling!

    Feydikan sums up Divergence Online development.
    "OMG working so hard..pant pant... need sleep... pant pant.... and money... pant pant....keep faith"

  • ThomasN7ThomasN7 87.18.7.148 1, NJPosts: 6,690Member
    For a browser game it looks quite nice. I may just try this out someday.
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  • alakramalakram malagaPosts: 2,223Member Uncommon
    I will give it a try once that update is out.

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  • Zu_beiZu_bei Holbrook, MAPosts: 17Member
    Maybe ill give this a try until Camelot Unchained is released. Looks interesting. My lil bro was all about runescape back in the day.
  • Moridin82Moridin82 KristiansandPosts: 101Member Uncommon
    Can we try runescape 3 now? never played it
  • ReizlaReizla AlkmaarPosts: 3,301Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by sacredfool

    I came back to runescape and played it for a while recently. I am really happy for them despite their very aggressive cash shop and unbelievable by todays standards grind to achieve anything.  I would advise anyone whos childhood memories are linked to RS to come back and have a look at it after that update. :)

    Screw the cash shop you mentioned. How are the bots these days? I gave RS a try a couple of times and quited almost instantly because of the bots KSing me 24/7. If the bots are gone I might give it a try. Don't mind about that grind to evade the cash shop to achieve something ;-)

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  • tachgbtachgb SheffieldPosts: 790Member Uncommon
    Looks nice while still remaining as a browser game, impressed.
  • ReklawReklaw Am.Posts: 6,478Member Uncommon

    Quote: By Adam Tingle

    "RuneScape gives the player the option to simple inhabit the game world"

    Wish it would be....

    MMORPG's gives the player the option to simple inhabit the game world

    For some reason the graphics/animations didn't click with me on the original Runescape, not sure why..

    Might give the game another change once this 3.0 version is released. As it has most of what I look for in a MMORPG

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