Why Jagex is finally bringing RuneScape to mobile with cross-platform play | Pocket Gamer.biz

Why Jagex is finally bringing RuneScape to mobile with cross-platform play | Pocket Gamer.biz


You’ve probably heard of RuneScape, but did you know it still attracts two million monthly active users and has hundreds of thousands of subscribers?

First launched by developer Jagex 16 years ago in January 2001, RuneScape has since split into two games: Old School – where players can enjoy the classic gameplay – and the new RuneScape, in which users get regular new updates to the title.

In terms of revenues, despite its age, Jagex claims it is now making more money from the games than it’s ever done in its 16-year history. In fact, RuneScape has been growing for the last three years in terms of players and revenues.

The game could be set to receive another shot in the arm with the announcement that Jagex is rolling out the longstanding title to mobile platforms.

Old School RuneScape will hit the app stores first this winter, while RuneScape is expected to follow in early 2018.

Both games will also be cross-platform – meaning users can play with their PC counterparts and load up the exact same characters and continue where they left off.

It’s unclear whether the games will each get a simultaneous roll out on the App Store and Google Play, though Jagex is in discussions with Apple and Google about the matter.

Old school

While the move to mobile could open RuneScape to a new generation of players, Jagex is targeting its existing user base and those players who have since churned out the game.

Speaking to PocketGamer.biz, Jagex Senior Product Director Neil McClarty says though its user base is passionate and highly invested in the game, many players are getting older. And with that, he explains, comes time…



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