is a browser-based Medieval European Fantasy MMORPG
by the UK-based developer Jagex Games Studio
that runs on a Freemium
subscription model. The free version of the game is self-contained and can be played on its own, but subscribers gain access to separate Member servers with more content in exchange for a monthly fee. The game holds the official Guinness world record for largest free MMORPG.
Gameplay primarily involves quests, combat (both Player Versus Player
and Player Versus Environment
), and Level Grinding
, along with a variety of side activities like Capture the Flag
is somewhat uncommon among MMORPGs in that its quests are more elaborate than your basic Twenty Bear Asses Fetch Quests
, instead focusing more on plot, puzzles, problem-solving, and Boss Battles
. New content, usually (but not always) members-only, is released on a weekly basis.
The game was originally released in January 2001 in what would now be considered a very primitive form. The full world was much
smaller, containing only a few small cities. There were only six quests, one server, and two developers. It gradually expanded until 2004, when the whole game was overhauled completely: such large changes were made to the game engine, the graphics, the basic game mechanics, and the content that the developers saw fit to call it "RuneScape 2" and retire the previous game as "RuneScape Classic". The Classic version is still playable today, although access is restricted to subscribing members. Then, in July of 2013, Jagex released Runescape 3, which added a new HTML5 client with improved graphics (Which fizzled due to browsers not adding HTML 5
support like jagex hoped), as well as improved audio and a new, customizable interface and kicking off a three-month event called the Battle of Lumbridge.
It has a series of Expanded Universe
novels: Betrayal at Falador
(2008), Return to Canifis
(2011) and Legacy of Blood
(2012), all written by T.S. Church. There's also a Gaiden Game
called "Armies of Gielinor", a multiplayer Turn-Based Tactics
game set during the God Wars, released through FunOrb
's official site can be found at http://www.runescape.com/
Tropes used in RuneScape include: