Runes of Magic heads to Steam this month

    
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At this point in MMORPG history, it might be hard to find titles that aren’t on Steam already. Late to the Valve party, however, is Runes of Magic, which is finally arriving on Steam some time this month.

Perhaps best known for being the most World of Warcrafty of all World of Warcraft clones, Runes of Magic has been operating for more than nine years now as a free-to-play MMO. The game unified its forums back in June and is no doubt hoping that it will get a boost in attention and play hours with the Steam debut. We did a recap of the last few years of Runes of Magic back in 2017 to bring readers up to the common era.

Any Massively OP readers still play Runes of Magic or have plans to pick it up on Steam? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Steam. Thanks Josh!
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Wilhelm Arcturus

I played it at launch and took a nostalgic stab at RoM again last year for a bit. It has its moments, but doesn’t really stand out. It was, back in 2009, supposed to be the Asian attempt to make a Western-style quest driven MMORPG after the grindy, PvP games favored over there fell flat when arriving in the West. It was also being an early run at making a cash shop focused F2P from the start, as opposed to a days late conversion.

There was a point when there was a lot of outrage over RoM having a horse you could straight up buy for $10. In hindsight that seems pretty quaint.

My least liked aspect of it was the for-rent storage system. You couldn’t buy more bag space, you could only rent it. Also, the patcher was horrible back in 2009… and the same patcher is alive and sitting on top off all of your windows to this day.

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snacky

I have fond memories of playing Runes of Magic.

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Jack Pipsam

I used to play a little bit back in high-school when they launched their Australian servers. It was a huge deal back then for an MMORPG to actually host local servers. It was also great because it meant that those friends of mine who weren’t able to get a sub for a game, could play a WoW-like game.
It was in this era that RoM could thrive. Many wanted to play WoW, but most sub-games hadn’t yet converted F2P. This made RoM a stand-out choice among all the anime-inspired imports.

But RoM was a poor-mans WoW in every sense. While it certainly had some charm of its own and i’ll have janky fond memories of it, I doubt it’s aged gracefully.
From what I gather, not only has now the Australian server long gone (the fact it lasted until 2015 is actually incredible, I would have expected it shut long before that. They lasted longer than SWTOR’s efforts XD), but all the plentiful US servers been merged down into one, just one.
But then i’m not really surprised, I don’t hear about this game at all anymore from anyone.

Hopefully they can keep the game going though, although I doubt Steam will save them if they’re on the ropes.
But i’ll always be thankful that they did what so many bigger games can’t be bothered doing when it comes to servicing an international audience. /salute

Game was jank tho.

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GamingSF

I tried this again recently just to do some questing for old times sake – I too really liked the multiclassing aspect of it, despite the grindy leveling experience.

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Castagere Shaikura

The game runs like crap on modern PC’s. Memory leak’s cause the game to crash alot too. Don’t bother with this one. They don’t even work on the game to fix things either, The leaks have been a problem for years.

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Lord Tardazor

Sorry for being rude, but Runes of Magic is a shitty game. Yes, can have some interesting points like housing and multiclassing, but ypu must pay with real money for have mounts, bags, you can buy gold, etc. And the world is totally empty of others players and sometimes you need help for end boring missions.
Anyway, maybe with the Steam integration can have more players and become a less shitty MMORPG.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

It was pretty well populated back when it was something of a novelty, a free game. Now, of course, players are a lot smarter and recognize it for what it is, a real money sink.

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camren_rooke

I played way back when it first came out and it was… ok.

They did the whole thing where you couldn’t buy a pet or a mount or even bag space, you basically rented it. This really soured me on it.

Not sure if that has changed though.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I really did enjoy the multiclassing, but its Pay-to-Pay-Some-More monetizing turned me off as well.