20 yrs ago nowadays, gamers to start with arrived in a full new on the web world of medieval fantasy as RuneScape, the iconic multiplayer residing recreation, released on 4th January 2001.
Two many years on, RuneScape has come to be just one of the world’s longest-running on the net games, getting been performed non-cease for 7,306 consecutive days, welcomed practically 300 million player accounts, and is at peak attractiveness: in 2020 the RuneScape online games hit a new document-higher of subscribers with a lot more than 1.2 million members becoming a member of the even more hundreds of thousands of gamers who delight in RuneScape for free.
To rejoice 20 decades of RuneScape’s living on the internet entire world and reward gamers, British game developer and publisher Jagex currently announced a calendar year-extended programme of 20th anniversary-themed recreation content coming to equally RuneScape and Previous Faculty RuneScape.
It all kicks off currently with The Grand Party, an anniversary event in RuneScape that provides gamers alongside one another with some of the game’s most recognisable characters. The next 12 months will welcome a total host of celebratory in-game written content, which includes a multi-section anniversary questline that requires players deep into RuneScape’s previous, existing, and potential. Furthermore, adventurers can take pleasure in a year-extensive epic story arc in which the Elder Gods, the beings who forged Gielinor, rise once once more.
Previous Faculty RuneScape also joins in the revelry this week with the launch of its initially anniversary function, which has gamers adventuring together with the Green Gnome Child to do battle with demons and dragons of yore. At this time driving significant owning not too long ago seen its greatest-at any time selection of concurrent customers top rated far more than 173,000 gamers, 2021 will also be a major 12 months for Old Faculty RuneScape with its arrival on Steam, new articles together with Clans and Team Ironman, and additional anniversary-connected activity articles throughout the calendar year.
Providing the prospect to engage in across many platforms, RuneScape will also convey its open and at any time-evolving earth to cellular and tablet in this anniversary yr with whole launches for both of those iOS and Android. And for individuals who want to go through the story of RuneScape’s 20-calendar year evolution, ‘RuneScape: The Initially 20 Many years – An Illustrated History’ will be released as an official companion book by Dim Horse Textbooks.
Phil Mansell, Jagex CEO, claimed:
“20 a long time of RuneScape is a significant milestone for Jagex and the game titles, and I thank our players for remaining on this incredible journey with us, specially when the video games are experiencing their very best a long time at any time – so considerably! RuneScape has come a lengthy way due to the fact 2001 when it was introduced by a smaller team of visionary activity developers. It was ground breaking and ambitious correct from the start in furnishing gamers with a totally free, constantly-on, role-enjoying sport with a exclusive identity.
“Today the RuneScape games are a legitimate Terrific British good results story that has absent international. It has thrived for 20 yrs by embracing its heritage even though also evolving with extra than 1,000 sport and written content updates, earning it a genuinely dwelling recreation. As we proceed to make the RuneScape universe extra accessible to much more players all about the environment, we’ll rejoice through 2021 with just one of the most content material-rich years for the online games ever and here’s to the up coming 20 years!”
Whilst RuneScape has by now gained extra than 1,000 video game and content material updates in its two many years, 2021 is packed with 20th anniversary exhilaration and considerably much more for both equally RuneScape and Previous University RuneScape.
- The Grand Bash – The significant birthday in-recreation occasion for RuneScape launches currently. It brings players jointly with some of the most legendary people from RuneScape’s history, this sort of as the Intelligent Previous Man and the Sandwich Lady, in Lumbridge Crater. Packed with a good deal of anniversary references and unforgettable moments from the game’s past, The Grand Occasion also features a generous supporting of spot buffs and collectable in-sport rewards, like the 20th Anniversary Cape and Outfit.
- A multi-portion 20th anniversary quest – As soon as On a Time is a new four-component 20th anniversary series that will run throughout the total yr as a celebratory romp as a result of RuneScape’s previous, present, and even offer a glimpse of its upcoming. It starts on 25th January with the prologue called ‘Foreshadowing’, which sets the scene for the adventure to arrive.
- The epic Elder Gods tale arc ignites in the course of 2021 as the as the conflict with the legendary beings that developed the universe intensifies.
- RuneScape launches on cell – Just after a productive tenure in Early Obtain on Android and Shut Beta on iOS, players can look ahead to RuneScape’s entire start on cellular and pill equipment in 2021. It provides cross-system participate in throughout cellular and desktop editions, enabling players to leap seamlessly among the two, taking their journey anywhere.
- Outdated University RuneScape – RuneScape’s sister title begins its personal calendar year of anniversary information on 6th January with the Eco-friendly Gnome Child occasion. Gamers workforce up with the Eco-friendly Gnome Baby on a trek by means of the original haunts of RuneScape to unlock the Realm of Memories and struggle with demons and dragons, complete with rewards such as a 20th Anniversary Cloak and a Gnome Little one determination for player-owned house chapels.
- Read all about it with ‘RuneScape: The To start with 20 Years–An Illustrated History’ – In partnership with Jagex, Dark Horse Textbooks will publish RuneScape: The Very first 20 Many years – An Illustrated History as a full-colour hardcover companion e book in the second 50 percent of this calendar year with pre-orders coming shortly. Offering a appear guiding the scenes of the previous two decades, the book explores the in depth tapestry of RuneScape and Old Faculty RuneScape with hundreds of total-colour illustrations and exclusive interviews.
- Commemorative collectibles – Also in partnership with Jagex, Laced Data will release a distinctive gold vinyl pressing of the ‘RuneScape: First Soundtrack Classics’ album showcasing 24 of the most-loved midi tracks from the early times of RuneScape and Old School RuneScape. Minimal-edition collectibles will also be obtainable, starting with a Tutorial Island pin badge recognising wherever all players ventured forth from. With more exclusives anniversary-themed products to be announced all over the 12 months, the album and the initial collectibles are now readily available to pre-order on the RuneScape merch shop.
Sign up for the celebrations at The Grand Celebration in RuneScape today at https://www.runescape.com