The much-anticipated next step in the RuneScape franchise has been announced. RuneScape 3 will officially launch on July 22. Players will see a number of improvements and upgrades to the game including a transition to HTML5.
It was mentioned previously that RuneScape 3 would see players become more in control of their own fate as well as being able to really impact the fictional world of Gielinor. With this ideal in mind, the July 22 launch will present the start of RuneScape 3’s inaugural community-driven world event, The Battle for Lumbridge.
The RuneScape franchise is a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in January 2001 by Andrew and Paul Gower, and developed and published by Jagex Games Studio. The game has over 200 million accounts created and is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest free MMORPG and the most updated game.
RuneScape takes place in the world of Gielinor, a medieval fantasy realm divided into different kingdoms, regions, and cities. Players can travel throughout Gielinor via a number of methods including on foot, magical spells, or charter ships. Each region offers different types of monsters, resources, and quests to challenge players.
The first public version of RuneScape was released on 4 January 2001 in beta form, and in December 2001, Jagex was formed to manage the game. As the game’s popularity grew, the game engine was rewritten, and its beta was opened to paying players on 1 December 2003 under the name “RuneScape 2”, later renamed RuneScape.