Jagex has today announced that both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape will be coming to mobile with cross-platform compatibility. There's also Old School RuneScape, which is based on the 2007 version of the game.
The same applies for the updated version, though we're not sure exactly when that will make an appearance. Both games will feature a "mobile-optimized interface", though the more interesting aspects is how the mobile and PC versions will communicate with each other.
The significance of RuneScape's debut on mobile devices is huge, and while such a major name making the transition to the App Store is surprising, it's also something that makes a lot of sense.
Jagex is bringing the long-running MMORPG RuneScape to mobile in both its modern and Old School forms. RuneScape is still primarily subscription-based, but much of the content is available to free-to-play users.
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RuneScape is a game that needs no introduction - ever since it redefined the Massively Multiplayer Online RPG genre upon its release in 2001, Jagex's fantasy opus has captivated an entire generation with its immersive yet accessible adventure action. Old School RuneScape will enter beta testing on mobile in winter 2017, while RuneScape's mobile client will go live sometime in early 2018. Some people who were PC players are not now, but we can offer that same experience on a mobile device that people can dive in and out of.
RuneScape's 16-year existence is a sign of why games-as-a-service are so desirable by companies right now.
And now, a new generation of players will have a chance to experience RuneScape in an entirely different way. The Old School and modern clients could re-engage the existing audience that may use mobile devices more than PCs.
After being available in some form for more than 16 years, it's kind of unbelievable that RuneScape hasn't had a mobile release yet.