RuneScape Gets Pricier

RuneScape Gets Pricier

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A subscription for decade-old MMO, RuneScape, will cost you an extra two bucks as of February 1st.

While many MMO's are going free-to-play, RuneScape, which was originally released back in 2001, is actually getting more expensive.

On February 1st, RuneScape's monthly memebershup price will go from $5.95 US dollars to $7.95. This change only effects new subscribers. Players who became a member before the price hike will still pay the lower rate, which won't increase unless that subscription is canceled. There will be a seven day grace period for those of you who forget to renew your subscriptions when they expire.

Though technically a decade old, RuneScape's engine was entirely rewritten for a re-release back in 2004.

According to the announcement from developer and publisher, Jagex, the extra revenue will be used to fund some "ambitious plans for 2012." That being said, despite an increase in total turnover, 2011 remains the only year in which Jagex's operating profits have decreased since 2007. Jagex has invested heavily in anti-bot technology in the past few years, and the recently-won court case against RuneScape bot makers IBot Software, cost the MMO developer a "seven-figure sum." A hefty figure, albeit one Ceo Daniel Cloguh seemed happy to pay.

So, in essence, if you're thinking about signing up for RuneScape now is the time to do it.

Source: RuneScape

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Wasn't Runescape originally free to play, or am I confused?

Zachary Amaranth:
Wasn't Runescape originally free to play, or am I confused?

It's still free-to-play, but with a subscription, it'll basically unlock much more things to do in the world.

ShaneGunWolf:

Zachary Amaranth:
Wasn't Runescape originally free to play, or am I confused?

It's still free-to-play, but with a subscription, it'll basically unlock much more things to do in the world.

Back when I played it it unlocked 3/4ths of the world. Free member servers were limited to a corner of the map. Did they change that?

I stopped playing this nearly 7 years ago :|

People still play this game?! My brother quit this when he was 13.

Irridium:

ShaneGunWolf:

Zachary Amaranth:
Wasn't Runescape originally free to play, or am I confused?

It's still free-to-play, but with a subscription, it'll basically unlock much more things to do in the world.

Back when I played it it unlocked 3/4ths of the world. Free member servers were limited to a corner of the map. Did they change that?

To my closest estimate, having subscription in Runescape grants you about 15 times the content now. And theres more added at least twice a month.

Also i failed to come up with an analogy for just how far Runescape has come over the years. Hell, even that picture in the OP is outdated by some 5 years.

RuneScape was THE first MMORPG I've ever played. I was hardly eleven or twelve-years-old...

They should have upped it to $8.95.

Versuvius:
I stopped playing this nearly 7 years ago :|

Me too... or it may be longer than that :/

Everyone I know stopped playing it as soon as they left primary school.

Wait wait wait.... People still play Runescape?

Sewer Rat:
Wait wait wait.... People still play Runescape?

i still play it from time to time, im not a hardcore player but i find grinding entertaining to an extent

I used to play years ago, I quit middway through college when my friends got busy my IRL friends. We collectively quit it, that was when it was $5.

Also you get 3/4s of the map for fun and access with the subscription, a lot of the content was fun. They had constant updates, definitely at least something new being added twice a month, sometimes once a week.

Ambitious plans for 2012? What are you up to, Jagex? I DO wonder...

I used to play that game, only for free to play, not really a good enough game to pay for like other mmo's

Heeeeeeey, IN B4 RUNESCAPE SUCKS

But no, i do seem to recall a price hike a few years back. I play runescape on and off every now and then, and i honestly would be happy to play the game for that price; The demolition of the bots in the game make it worth the higher price.

It's total turnover probably increased because less people were willing to trade their Guild Wars accounts in for RuneScape ones on account of the Guild Wars 2 info. I've never played RS, but it seemed like a massive account trading swinger's party between these two games in 2010.

I played this for like a two days. Bored and hell, quit and never looked back.

I hope these 'Ambitions Plans' include re-writing the game into a better engine, making the game less Clicky/Mousey, and/or at least make it more interesting... I used to play this game UNHEALTHILY too much during my middle-school years and Now that I look back, I don't see how I did it. I've tried playing a while back and I made a new character: A pure mage. But of course at the time the Wild had been removed so people were telling me I was stupid and that I should min/max all my skills and equipment to level up etc etc etc.... That is, WHEN I found someone to talk to. Everyone I came across was either sprinting from harvest nodes to the bank repeatedly and silently, standing silent in the bank, or were all(what I assumed to be) 13 year-old kids asking for GF's or girls' phone numbers. I found myself bored, in motivated. I could go mine some ore, make some armor and perhaps give it to newbies- Oh no I couldn't Trade Limits crushed my charity. Okay, so I could sell it on the Grand Exchange, Bam, Armor's sold, have a few coins in my bag, NOW what to do..? /rambling - I've heard a lot has been changed/reimplemented though.

I'll definitely have to check back in to see what Jagex does with the game, and Eight Bucks isn't that bad. If you have the will and patience for it, 8 bucks is WELL worth it for all of the content in that game. Back when I played the 5 dollar fee was robbery on my part, And up til now they've only been adding more and more.

Grey Carter:
While many MMO's are going free-to-play, RuneScape, which was originally released back in 2001, is actually getting more expensive.

Just to add a little something: Runescape has been Free to Play since the very beginning in 2001, and didn't implement an optional Pay 2 Play model until 2002. Even though the focus on new content has shifted heavily over to the subscription service, the free version is still an enjoyable game in itself. And this was all before "modern" subscription based MMOs started going Free to Play with certain restrictions.

And one final thing: 1st sentence in 2nd paragraph should perhaps contain "monthly membership" instead of "monthly memebershup" :P

I was planning on becoming a member for a month just so I could continue building the place in Minecraft. This is a bit annoying...
It will be long after February before I get anywhere near being up to the members bits.

Runescape will forever hold a warm place in my heart, it was my first MMO and what got me into all of Blizzard's games. Ah nostalgia.

That being said, my word that game is a piece of shit. When me and a few of my friends played it for ironic lulz a few months back, I was surprised that thing still had a subscription cost given how outdated it is.

Dagnius:
I hope these 'Ambitions Plans' include re-writing the game into a better engine, making the game less Clicky/Mousey, and/or at least make it more interesting... I used to play this game UNHEALTHILY too much during my middle-school years and Now that I look back, I don't see how I did it. I've tried playing a while back and I made a new character: A pure mage. But of course at the time the Wild had been removed so people were telling me I was stupid and that I should min/max all my skills and equipment to level up etc etc etc.... That is, WHEN I found someone to talk to. Everyone I came across was either sprinting from harvest nodes to the bank repeatedly and silently, standing silent in the bank, or were all(what I assumed to be) 13 year-old kids asking for GF's or girls' phone numbers. I found myself bored, in motivated. I could go mine some ore, make some armor and perhaps give it to newbies- Oh no I couldn't Trade Limits crushed my charity. Okay, so I could sell it on the Grand Exchange, Bam, Armor's sold, have a few coins in my bag, NOW what to do..? /rambling - I've heard a lot has been changed/reimplemented though.

I'll definitely have to check back in to see what Jagex does with the game, and Eight Bucks isn't that bad. If you have the will and patience for it, 8 bucks is WELL worth it for all of the content in that game. Back when I played the 5 dollar fee was robbery on my part, And up til now they've only been adding more and more.

I stopped playing about 5 years ago which was just before they imposed the trade limit and later removed the wilderness. I actually went back on it not that long ago to see if anything had changed, and they've almost completely redesigned it. Wilderness is back and the trade limits have been removed. So if you were concidering playing now would be a good time before the price hike :p

Sewer Rat:
Wait wait wait.... People still play Runescape?

This was my exact reaction when I found a guy in my uni course who still plays. Most people just moved on, its weird that its still around.

Why do people play this game still... it was awesome in its time and when I was like 10 but now its just awful and outdated.

This seems like a strange thing to do, if Runescape wants more members, they should occasionally throw their free to play members a bone, I dont think Jagex hasgiven F2P members anything for years now. I mean give them access to really old members stuff, that way they might go, hey maybe it is worth it to pay for this.

I'm not surprised it's still going. I know people who still play it and have invested a LOT of subscription money into it. I stopped playing in what, 2005?

I pop on the website from time to time to have a look what kind of ridiculous power creep stuff is going on, but seldom log in. Not worth the time nor effort, as it's a ridiculously unintuitive game. So clicky and cumbersome. Would highly benefit from an action RPG control scheme, WASD etc.

Big plans for 2012? I'm calling Runescape mobile edition right now. Play the full game from a mobile. Couldn't take up much bandwidth.

Wait, what?

What a terrible shame. I actually like the game these days, I only recently canceled my subscription these last couple months due to Skyrim taking up all of my time on the computer. I was considering coming back, but certainly not with this news in the air.

As much as I like this game, the fact it was very cheap to play was one of the stronger things it had going for it. With them wanting $8 a month for it, I might as well just go get a premium subscription to Turbine's DDO: It's a far better game and has a much better community for $2 more than Runescape would cost.

I personally am disappointed with Jagex.

Waaghpowa:
People still play this game?! My brother quit this when he was 13.

Of course people still play this game. As long as people keep having kids, there will still be an abundance of children to play. That's just simple logic there, bud.

An MMO getting more expensive with its monthly fee?

This is odd, considering trends of the past few years.

Well this is a shock to me, I thought Runescape died off about 5 years ago.

Runescape still exists?

People still play it?

People still *pay* to play it?

I'm not sure which of those three surprises me the most.

ShaneGunWolf:

Zachary Amaranth:
Wasn't Runescape originally free to play, or am I confused?

It's still free-to-play, but with a subscription, it'll basically unlock much more things to do in the world.

And by "much more things" you mean "more skills to grind". Runescape was fucking boring as a Free to play, and it somehow manages to get even WORSE when you pay.

Jagex's new project is meant to be a new sci-fi space MMO called stellar dawn (orginally called mech scape) which is MEANT to be less grindtastic, aimed at a more mature audience, (thank god) and updated visuals and what not.

Sounds good, cant wait myself I enjoyed runescape when I was younger but some teaser footage of the cancelled mechscape wasent very encouraging.

 

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