When it comes to MMORPGs, Runescape is a name that every gamer has heard atleast once in their lives. It is a timeless classic of the previous generation of MMOs and still lives as an exalted title even today. It has been active for almost 17 years now, and since its release it has seen many updates and iterations. The latest one being Runescape 3.
Presently, the Old School version of the game lives upto its name and holds a solid player base of approximately 51,000 concurrent players. However, the Classic version seems to be have found itself in trouble lately.
Runescape Classic is a much older version of the game which was released in 2001 and has aged significantly with time. Today, it is only exclusively playable by a handful of people who had been playing it since it came out. In contrast, the Old school version, although it looks somewhat like the Classic in terms of visuals, is a more modern take of the former and was released on 2013.
Developer Jagex has recently relayed a message to the playerbase, quoting that, “The RuneScape Classic servers will be taken offline on the 6th of August 2018. After such date, it will no longer be possible to log in to the game. You will still be able to make full use out of any outstanding membership time you have up until that date, and any remaining membership will remain valid for both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape.”
In their defense, they have also given valid reasons for the sudden shutdown. According to them, the growing reports of unrepairable gamebreaking bugs and the increase of bots and the lack of community safety tools has compelled them to dispose of one of their oldest gems in the box.
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