Jagex, the developer behind the MMORPGs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, has announced that their franchine will come to mobile and tablet devices.
The two titles will feature full interoperable play, allowing players to jump from PC to mobile platforms and back again. Players will be able to log out from their PC when they need to be away from their keyboards, and then launch the mobile app in order to continue their game session, picking up from the in-game moment that they left their PCs, as well as being able to resume their PC session from where they left off on mobile.
“As a MMO player, you ideally want to play at any time of the day or night no matter where you are,” said Neil McClarty, Senior Product Director at Jagex. “We know that our players’ time is precious, and that’s why want to give all RuneScape players, both present and past, the opportunity to play RuneScape on the go. The fact that they’ll be able to play on their PC, leave the PC, and pick up their mobile and continue playing where you left your character will be a big deal for our players – there really will be no need for any XP waste.”
“This is a real step change for MMORPGs and a signal of Jagex’s intent to continue to push the boundaries of live games,” said Phil Mansell, Chief Operating Officer of Jagex. “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% of active players and 64% of former players telling us of their very high intent-to-play on mobile. Our innovative approach to mobile is also evidence of our ambitions in the mobile sector, and a further indication of our investment in extending the RuneScape franchise to additional devices and territories.”
Besides being able to claim that their games will be “the first mainstream and fully-established Western MMORPGs to deliver the complete MMO experience to PC and mobile platforms,” the move is an attempt to simultaneously recapture players who have left their PCs and shifted to mobile as their preferred gaming platform, while using their brand recognition to expand the player base. Since gamers will be able to play RuneScape and Old School RuneScape directly from their mobile devices, they can elect not to play on their PCs.
Old School RuneScape is set to debut on mobile platforms this winter, with RuneScape to follow.