Old School RuneScape releases permanent F2P servers

    
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Originally released back in 2001 when the MMO genre was in its infancy, browser MMO RuneScape has endured through over a decade of development and two complete game reboots. Today’s RuneScape bears little resemblance to the game many of us grew up with, and naturally not everyone thinks the game has been changed for the better. In an effort to please players of all kinds, developer Jagex has experimented over the years with re-opening old versions of the game in a limited fashion through a handful of retro servers.

The most successful of these experiments is Old School RuneScape, a relaunch of 2004’s RuneScape 2 release that boasts healthy player numbers and celebrates its second birthday this Sunday. Jagex has always had to charge a monthly membership fee for access to the game in order to keep the servers running and pay for support staff, but that’s all changed as of today!

Jagex announced today that Old School RuneScape now has a permanent free to play option just as it did all those years ago. Free players can access part of game world and a handful of quests, while many skills, items, and large parts of the map will remain tied to a subscription option. A few restrictions will also apply to new free accounts to limit problems like botting and spam, and it’s hoped that the introduction of tradeable subscription bonds will help bolster player numbers and keep the free service economically viable.

[Source: Old School RuneScape website. Thanks to Jesse for the tip!]

 

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greywolfe_joystiq
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greywolfe_joystiq

CrowingOne 
you were doing so well until you said “if it were a pvp server.”  pass :P
but i do agree with your general assessment.

Benjamin Seeberger
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Benjamin Seeberger

I thought it was always free?
Chris Anderson wrote a book, “Free:TheFutureofaRadicalPrice” where he gives out a statistic that only 16% of the Runescape userbase actually paid money (but they still did ridiculously well).

AlexisDuprey
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AlexisDuprey

ArtemisiaWS AlexisDuprey It was separated. If you walked north for a while you would eventually get to an area where PKing is allowed.

Landari_Omega
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Landari_Omega

Nothing feels as nostalgic as spawning in Lumbridge for the first time and you hear that familiar tune.

Captain Crash
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Captain Crash

ArtemisiaWS Yeah it’s the exact Free 2 Play of old. Good for nostalgia, though.

ArtemisiaWS
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ArtemisiaWS

This is cool, I have fond memories from this game. It was my first mmo and sure I didn’t stick with it because f2p servers were pretty much just a tiny trial zone….I wonder, is it still that way?

ArtemisiaWS
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ArtemisiaWS

AlexisDuprey It was my first mmo too, but there was no PK in my server o.o I can’t remember, were there separate pvp and pve servers?

Nyphur
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Nyphur

CrowingOne greywolfe_joystiq I would KILL for a WoW progression server that gets patches in order from vanilla to launch, with a new expansion every six months or so. I only played in Wrath and Cata, so there’s so much gameplay I will never get a chance to play as it was intended.

NCsucks
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NCsucks

I just never liked how this game looks. Sure, it helped that I got to try the game way after it released, but I still find it one of the most Ugly games out there.

Sure, I know I should not judge a game only based on looks, but just can’t stay long with a game that doesn’t look good.

AlexisDuprey
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AlexisDuprey

This was one of my first mmos. I still remember being tricked as a noob to follow a guy to the wilderness only 5 get pked.