I think it’s not wrong to assume that Runescape is pretty much everyone’s first MMO. Since way back in 2001, it’s had a really strong following and has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2004 Jagex relaunched the game in full 3D, calling it Runescape 2 and now it’s finally time for another renewal; enter, Runescape 3.
Still holding up it’s free-to-play model, Runescape 3 features a pretty massive open world and is available to play in your browser window right now. The new launch is supposed to feature much better graphics and art assets, as well as new content and an advancement to the sixth age.
Unfortunately, the main attraction of Runescape 3 is currently not available, which is the new HTML 5 engine, which was the thing that was supposed to bring the enhanced graphical fidelity. The fancy new engine is still in beta, but Jagex thinks that the new story and gameplay content, along with the UI improvements will be enough to keep people sated for now.
You can check out the trailer for the relaunched game up above, and try it for yourself to see if the improvements have made it worth it to go back. After all, there’s no cost to entry, and the game doesn’t even require you to download a client.
Runescape was created in January 2001 by Andrew and Paul Gower, and developed and published by Jagex Games Studio. The game has over 200 million accounts created and is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest free MMORPG and the most updated game.
Last January marked the 12th anniversary of the game, and I have to say, I’m feeling pretty nostalgic right now. Maybe I’ll create a level 5 mook and just run around in the wilderness before someone kills me.