RuneScape’s DarkScape will sunset in March

    
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Jagex is retiring RuneScape’s DarkScape “experiment” at the end of March.

“DarkScape offered an intriguing twist on the traditional RuneScape gameplay, and the experimental mode caught some players’ attention when we launched it in September last year. The majority of players came to it out from regular RuneScape or Old School, but soon returned to those games to resume their main adventures. Today, there’s a small, hardcore community that continues to play DarkScape. Unfortunately, it’s just not big enough to warrant ongoing development. The updates made along the way allowed us to experiment with RuneScape’s PvP gameplay systems, play around with changes to the game economy, and test out major changes to combat and equipment behaviour.”

The game mode will close on March 28th; expect events and surprises until the sunset. Hardcore DarkScape players will be compensated with a month of free time in RuneScape and a cape to boot. Jagex suggests former DarkScape players may also like the Deadman mode playable in Old School RuneScape.

RuneScape itself has just patched in a new update aimed at F2P players; it includes new bosses, new combat abilities, dual-wielding, and dungeoneering weapons.

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FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Your response is much more reasonable in tone than your original comment. I agree it wasn’t marketed well, but also Runescape has cultivated a certain player base for its game, and it’s pretty deep down the path to try such an alternative server type. Pvp’ers who weren’t interested in Run escape for other reasons weren’t likely to be drawn in “because FFA!”
Odd that you went from prodding Pvp’ers for being whiny, to giving sound, feasible arguments as to why it didn’t do well.

ProfessionalNoob
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ProfessionalNoob

But everybody loves pvp! I mean all the latest mmos are all about the pvp’s!

I don’t understand. 

My world view is crumbling…

Things fall apart…

The center…

Cannot…

Hold…

Seriously though, I am sad that it is going away for them.

playerxx
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playerxx

And that’s the fate of all gangboxes.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

FacelessSavior Hardly a PvE apologist.  More like someone who simply enjoys other forms of PvP that doesn’t revolve around mindless ganking.
Darkscape was an interesting idea on paper but they barely even tried to advertise it and given Runescape’s gameplay it was hard to see it getting very far.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

On one hand, it’s a cool idea.
On the other, hardcore PVP was the thing I enjoyed the least when I used to play RuneScape.

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

@Hurbster You just missed mine.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

FacelessSavior
You just made Sorenthaz’s point.

nshelton
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nshelton

PizzaDoh I dont think they promoted it very hard, looked more like a systems test.

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

I’m glad there’s always a pve-apologist around to remind me that since my playstyle doesn’t conform to the whiny masses, I’m not entitled to entertainment or enjoyment from a game.
Thanks.
Never enough “I told you so” comments from the peanut gallery, in threads about games they claim to not have any interest in.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

What, you mean FFA PvP is only enjoyed by a hardcore minority?  Say it isn’t so!  I’m sure there’ll be plenty of threads on the forums/Reddit complaining about this from the vocal few.