|Navigation: RuneScape Wiki >> Old School RuneScape|
Old School RuneScape - or OSRS for short - is a service featuring a version of RuneScape based on how the game was in August 2007.
This Old School RuneScape service was opened on 22nd of February 2013. This was following a poll where players voted if they wish to see the return of an older version of the game.
The poll was up from 15th February 2013 and finished at 00:00 GMT 1st March 2013. Enough votes were cast to reach the first level of the service within 24 hours of the poll being launched, and the final vote count was 449,351.
Only members may access the service.
The opening month of Old School RuneScape is free for members and lasts until March 31st (inclusive).
When the poll finished, even though the 500,000 vote target was not reached, Jagex announced that at least the first 6 months of Old School service would be free as a benefit to members at no additional charge. Jagex will review the cost in September 2013 and if the Old School community is still healthy and growing it can remain free to members.
The amount of support provided for the Old School service was determined by a poll. Although the number of votes was not enough to reach the 500,000 target, Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard upgraded some elements of the service beyond the 250,000 vote level, including the gradual addition of anti-botting technology and community polls to decide on any changes to the game.
The final poll result gave the following service:
|Old School Features||Votes|
|2007 Server Launch?|
|Level of on-going development||Small team|
|Cost of Service||Free **|
|Level of maintenance||Basic|
|Polls to decide new content|
** Free as a members benefit for at least the first 6 months, starting March 1st 2013
The original features list (with the column highlighted green showing what poll could have resulted in) was as follows:
|Old School Features||Votes Required|
|2007 Server Launch?|
|Level of on-going development||None||Small team||Dedicated team|
|Cost of Service||~$15||~$5||Free|
|Level of maintenance||Critical||Basic||Weekly|
|Polls to decide new content||None||None|
Every week or so a Developer Blog will be added discussing such things as upcoming changes to the service, new content and bug fixes.
The following items voted for on the content poll have been implemented:
We’ve restored a version of RuneScape from August 2007, and have brought it back as an additional service for fans of the retro game. The main RuneScape game continues unaffected and players are welcome to play both.
You access Old School RuneScape using your existing account details from the main game, so you won’t need create a new account if you’ve been a player in the past. However this will be a separate avatar from the main RuneScape game – each service has a separate ‘save game’, despite being accessed through the same account details.
The service is only available to members.
Visit the account recovery support page to find out how.
No. Everyone starts afresh on this Old School service. You can, of course, continue your progress in the (much evolved) main RuneScape game.
The free month of access for members will start when the poll concludes on March 1st and ends on March 31st (inclusive). Note that this is in addition to February's Early Access period, which was also free to voting members.
Right now, it is free for members, and will be for the next 6 months (starting March 1st 2013). If the service remains popular and grows, no further fee will be introduced. A decision on this will be made in September 2013.
Hiscores not only start totally fresh, but will also no longer have a lower limit of level 30.
There are a few ways in which the two services connect:
However, your avatar progress, items, bank content, wealth or any material element of the game is entirely separate, as is each game’s economy.
No. Our modern guidelines govern both games. This includes our stance against cheating, bug abusing and botting, against which we have a zero tolerance policy. Anyone behaving in this way will be permanently banned from both services.
Yes. Please, go here to find out how to email us about issues you've spotted.
For more detailed questions relating to the Old School RuneScape service take a read of the transcript of the recent Q&A on the topic.
For more details about how the Old School RuneScape service came about, please view the poll FAQ.
Within the RuneScape Forums exist several forums dedicated to Old School RuneScape and its community.
These forums are open to qualifying Members with access to the RuneScape Forums.
|Getting Started||Controls||Area Guides|
|Find out how to get started on the road to Old School RuneScapemastery.||Learn how to move around the world of Old School RuneScape.||Travel the world from the comfort of the area guides.|
|Learn about the ancient art of combat in Old School RuneScape.||See what skills you can perform in Old School RuneScape.||View details on all fifty quests in Old School RuneScape.|
|Learn about different shop owners, quest characters, and more.||Knowing is half the battle. Learn about the monsters of Old School RuneScape.||View a complete list of items in Old School RuneScape.|
|Minigames||Miscellaneous Guides||Rules of RuneScape|
|See what exciting and rewarding minigames await you.||View our game guides and learn new methods and strategies.||Information about Jagex's rules common to all versions of RuneScape.|