Remember Runescape: Idle Adventures? Probably not, which is probably a good part of the reason why the game is rather quietly shuttering its doors on May 15th. The farewell letter to the community explains that while the community for the game was solid, people weren’t sticking around to justify the cost of developing new content, which meant the title fell into that perilous trap where there’s no new content, so people leave, so there’s no reason to develop more, etc.
The spinoff launched into early access back in September of last year with microtransactions and a free-to-play business model. Multiplatform development was planned but never materialized. Our apologies to the players who are losing a game they enjoyed and the developers forced to pull the curtains on the project.
Announced back in February and originally planned to debut last spring, RuneScape: Idle Adventures has finally landed in Steam early access for PC players. It’s got “RuneScape” in the name, but be aware that it’s not really an MMO — it’s an “idle game” set in the MMO world and attempting to feel like an epic MMO adventure, just in a few minutes a day.
“Developed with Hyper Hippo’s trademark charm, players create and take on the role of a curious, blue-skinned immortal of mysterious origins, who explores the iconic world of RuneScape in a brand new adventure. Players will discover the power of a new Elder Artefact as they battle monsters, challenge the gods, and grow cabbages for local farmers – all possible while waiting for other games to install, movies to stream, or cooking those cabbages. Progress is made even when Idle Adventures isn’t being played, so even the toughest quest can be completed with time.”
A “full, multi-platform launch” is expected later this year; it’s free-to-play with microtransactions on Steam. For more insight on what Jagex and Hyper Hippo are up to with the title, check out our interview from the announcement, then click through the trailer below.
When October rolls around, RuneScape players will be heading off into the great unknown in the Eastern Isles. It’s a distant continent full of people who have never heard of player characters, meaning that all of your previous deeds are unknown. You’ll have to start over from the beginning, meaning that veteran adventurers and greenhorns will have the same social standing (none). A small peek is available now in the game, but players who really want to explore the islands ahead of the launch will want to head to this year’s RuneFest.
The convention promises to show off more content for the Eastern Isles, further content for the year to come, and new additions for other titles in the same family such as Chronicle: RuneScape Legends and the upcoming RuneScape: Idle Adventures. It’s taking place on September 17th in London, and the tickets are close to selling out after being on sale for about two weeks. If you’ve planned a trip to London and want to find out more about RuneScape‘s future, you should probably pick up tickets sooner rather than later.
You know those moments when you are dying to get your RuneScape fix but you aren’t anywhere near your computer? When you just need to breathe in the world of Gielinor for a bit but you simply can’t log in for very long? Jagex understands, and there’s a solution on its way: RuneScape will soon join the world of idle gaming. The studio has partnered with Hyper Hippo, the creator of AdVenture Capitalist, to create a clicker game based on the world and lore of RuneScape. This new game is set to launch for the PC on Steam first this spring but will follow on mobile soon after.
What exactly is idle gaming, and how will it all tie back into RuneScape? I sat down and spoke with members of the Jagex and Hyper Hippo development teams to answer those questions.