At this past Saturday’s RuneFest, Jagex made several major revelations concerning RuneScape’s development and future. The decisions were made following a player survey asking fans what features they wanted to see added to the game in 2017.
Jagex said that it will be adopting an expansion model for the game going forward. These are cost-free content updates that are much larger than the standard updates: “We’re talking about a whole area or region released on a single day, packed with a wide array of quests, combat and skill training. In current terms, it would be like us bundling together several updates, giving them a central theme and releasing them all at once.”
Of great interest to the crowd was the announcement that full weather systems are coming to the game. The devs promise that this weather will be more than just a changing backdrop; weather can and will connect with the gameplay experience.
Other big changes that will come next year include being able to skill up your pet, a major bank revamp, more solo bosses, reworks to clue scrolls, a new Evil Dave quest, and a new approach to mining and smithing.
You can check out the trailer for the first expansion, The Golden City of Menaphos, below!