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Uncle Pob

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Ego Domino said:
Jeremy Cheng said:
Don't see this happening as this would decrease profit.


How would that decision decrease profit?


Not sure what Jeremy is trying to say there.

Because of the way OSRS and RS3 are linked, the portion of the player base who're intent on playing both games at literally the same time are already doing so; they simply create second accounts to get around the multi-login problem. Any money they spend is spent on that second account.

At the moment, if you buy membership or a bond on either game, the membership also applies to the other game. So if you're a player who likes to swap between OSRS and RS3 from time to time but never play both together, you can use wealth obtained on one game to buy membership for the other.

If you "unlink" the accounts, then you'd lose that "cross-membership" benefit, and your OSRS account would be split-off into the equivalent of an alt, ie. it wouldn't be any better for you than creating and playing a seperate account on the other game already is.

So if you did that, you'd have to pay for OSRS membership, rather than have it apply automatically through being an RS3 member. And if you're already paying for an alt, then switching to pay for a different alt won't hurt Jagex's profits at all.

The big risk is that one split accounts probably wouldn't ever be able to be linked again, so if you found you'd prefer to get free OSRS membership by being an RS3 member, and prefer to swap between games rather than play them both together, then you'd permanently be screwing yourself over if you did split your account off.

29-Jun-2018 00:01:28

Uncle Pob

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Transcendent said:
It could be done, but might require engine work on OSRS.


The engine work would need to be server-side, on the login-server rather than any game-specific one, and requested via web browser. As has been said, the process would simply clone the existing save-file, and then delete the parts that are completely irrelevant to each.

That would leave you with two save files, each with all the applicable data needed to play that specific version of the game. From there the only problem might be that duplicate sets of login details might mess things up, so the player would have to specify new logon details at the time when the accounts are split, which would essentially turn either your RS3 or OSRS account into an alt.

So it is possible. But it's clunky, awkward, fairly pointless, and definitely a one-way decision which couldn't ever be reverted in the future: if accounts with different credentials could ever be merged, that would lead to people splitting and merging accounts all over the place, and even merging accounts owned by multiple players.

Since membership is cross-game, imagine if you bought a membership and then split your account into two: which account would keep the membership and which would lose it? And if two accounts were merged and one wasn't a member, would that inherit the membership of the first while it's merged?

Those thorny issues mean that even if accounts were split, they could never ever be rejoined again, so you'd permanently lose the benefit of being able to access member content in OSRS just from having membership on your RS3 main, so people would regret doing this.

29-Jun-2018 23:53:30

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