Okay, so apparently I haven’t been paying attention to the RunEscape universe, because later this month the team at Jagex is going to release the next expansion to Runescape… Runescape 3.
When was Runescape 2?
The last time I tried to play “the most popular online adventure”, it looked like this:
(Thank you http://thegreenlesser.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/how-to-find-a-great-clan-in-runescape/ for the classic image.)
NOW, it apparently looks like THIS:
Not sure if there’s less of THIS, though:
Anyway… back to Runescape 3.
The biggest development for this expansion is the transition of the game to HTML5. That’s right, people. No more Java. What does this mean, exactly? A better game, that’s what. You don’t need all those plugins, anymore. You get to have a bigger world, better graphics, and all around better gameplay. This is a huge deal for the series.
I remember the biggest drawback when I played for a month. It was lag due to Java. I guess I’m going to have to hop on and check this out for myself.
“The launch of RuneScape 3 will also see player decisions directly shaping the future of Gielinor, its inhabitants and scenery for the very first time. It will also marking the beginning of RuneScape’s inaugural community-focused world event, The Battle for Lumbridge. In addition to the technological leap RuneScape 3 sees the world of Gielinor enter the 6th Age, a significant new milestone in RuneScape’s vast heritage, as the gods of RuneScape return to re-exert their authority.“
Good, because I don’t remember much of an actual, detail-rich, immersive storyline. I remember a lot of lag, and a lot of gold spammers. And spiders. Badly rendered spiders.
The folks at Jagex are promising a really bright future for the Runescape present and future players.
If you’ve been following my “Quest for a Free-to-Play” articles, you can see that I’m trying my best to find something worth actually using microtransactions. I don’t really see Runescape 3 filling that role, but I’ll definitely give it a shot.
Runescape 3 launches on July 22nd, so in just a couple of weeks. (There’s a countdown timer on the main website.) Check it out if you’re interested in a new F2P, or if you’re curious just like I am as to what all the hubub is about.