Jagex has announced that it is bringing its MMO RuneScape to mobile devices in both the classic and modern iterations.
The first up is the old school RuneScape which is set to come to mobile and tablet devices this Winter. The regular RuneScape will follow although the developer hasn’t provided a timeline for that version. Even better, the mobile versions will bring with it cross platform play meaning those playing on PC through their browser could play with someone on their mobile or tablet device.
RuneScape initially started life as a browser-based MMO back in 2001 and was a free-to-play game which attracted over 250 million registered players. Through the years, the game has seen multiple revisions and updates which mean that the game now doesn’t look anything like it did when it launched.
Phil Mansell, chief operating officer of Jagex said in a statement
This is a real step change for MMORPGs and a signal of Jagex’s intent to continue to push the boundaries of live games. The RuneScape titles will become the first mainstream and established Western MMORPGs on mobile in full, and the first to deliver interoperable play between PC and mobile platforms. We believe in taking our games to wherever our players want them; recent player surveys showed an overwhelming 90 percent of active players and 64 percent of former players telling us of their very high intent-to- play on mobile.