Citizens of Gielinor assemble! (on your old school servers)
RuneScape players have spoken, and they want their old school servers. In a recent news posts by Jagex, it was revealed that the old school servers from 2007 are coming back. “Since Friday, we have seen over 160,000 votes and growing in support of bringing back Old School RuneScape servers”. They had set an original target of 50,000 votes and promises greater levels of service and lower monthly costs as they try to get just under a million votes.
“These serves would be the exact version from back in 2007 and would maintain the ‘old school’ vibe and rules. The old graphics, hiscores and log-in are all part of the same archived build and would be retained. We wouldn’t ever add any micro-payment updates”
This is big news for a game based on micro-payments. Players will be able to subscribe and pay a monthly fee instead going with the free-to-play model of today. They will be able to earn their upgrades instead of buy them. Any cosmetic items will just be part of the game instead of a premium feature. However, if the old school servers really are exactly what they were in 2007, will there ever be new content? According to Jagex, the answer is no. In the breakdown of the votes, it seems they would need more than 250,000 votes in favor of the old school servers to get anything more than just critical maintenance.
MMO players are always going on about how much better it was back in “their day” but will they put their money where their mouths are? At a time where even the biggest games are going free to play, does RuneScape have the numbers to go back to a subscription?
How about you? Do you play RuneScape? Would you pay a subscription to have things back the way they were?