Jagex has moved to reassure RuneScape players after its Chinese owner announced it was considering selling the British game company just two years after it bought it.
Jagex has announced that Old School RuneScape, its long-running fantasy MMORPG, will launch on iOS and Android devices on October 30th, following a successful members-only beta testing period.
Old School RuneScape, for the uninitiated, is a version of the Jagex's massively-multiplayer online RPG as it released back in 2007 - and is not to be confused with (as easy as it is to do so) the now defunct Classic RuneScape or its modern incarnation.
When Old School RuneScape arrives on mobile in October, it will feature full cross-platform play with the PC version of the game, alongside a range of tweaks designed to streamline the experience on portable devices. These include a refined and optimised interface, touch-screen controls, and a customisable "one-touch action button".
Jagex has announced that the Android version of Old School RuneScape, its long-running fantasy MMORPG, has entered public beta, and is available to download now.
The developer revealed that RuneScape would be coming to mobile devices in July last year, noting that Old School RuneScape (that is, the version based on RuneScape's 2007 iteration) would release first, followed by the modern version.
Now, after what Jagex describes as "a series of incredibly successful closed testing periods", Old School RuneScape is finally available to download by interested parties on Android. There are, however, a number of caveats; firstly, only those with a RuneScape membership can play the game, and secondly, the developer is implementing an install limit, capping the number of users able to download Old School RunScape to their mobile device initially.
Jagex has announced that, after 17 years of operation, RuneScape Classic - the original version of its long-running fantasy MMO - will no longer be available to play on its servers from August 6th, 2018.
PC to mobile cross-platform play is coming to Runescape.
UPDATE: A rep from Jagex has told Eurogamer that it's not the Shandong company that has acquired Jagex. Rather, the investors are in the process of forming a games-specific Chinese company, which is being processed in the Chinese markets at the moment. So, at the time of publication, there's no formal name to identify the holding company.
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