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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 total amount of players who voted for OSRS to return was 449,351.
Only members may access the service.
On 7th June 2013, Jagex announced that there would be no extra charge for access to Old School Runescape for at least the next 12 months. Any player with active membership will be able to play OSRS.
Our mantra for Old School Runescape is that this is your game and you should decide what happens. As long as there is a demand, Old School is here to stay,
The players are really in control of Old School Runescape. We collect players suggestions from in game, the social sites and the forums and see which we can deliver. We then poll the suggestions to the community who can vote on them. If 75% of the voters agree that we should make that change, we make that change as soon as possible.
Some notable suggestions that have been implemented are the Nightmare Zone minigame, F2P-style servers for PKers, imbued Black Masks for slayers, and making wilderness capes usable in F2P-style worlds. To view our past polls, please go here.
If you have an idea for a poll question, you can submit it here.
On 7th June 2013, Jagex announced that there would be no additional charge for members to access Old School Runescape for at least the next year. Old School is so popular that Jagex believe it will be a great, vibrant game for years to come.
Multiple community events have already been implemented in Old School. In March there was a week of Q&As with the Old School team live in game while the Easter Holiday Event happened. May saw the invasion of Varrock by hordes of Goblins, rumour has it that they will be back this summer. Also in May, Jagex started doing live streams on Twitch.TV to help communication with the player base.
There are multiple community events coming in the future, including PKing J-Mods, clues to find rares and cryptic clue hunts.
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:
The poll to bring back Old School Runescape was released on the 15th of February. Jagex announced that the more players that voted for the return, the more support it would get. The final result of 449,351 votes fell just short of the 500,000 target so Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard upgraded some elements of the service beyond the 250,000 vote level. This resulted in including the gradual addition of anti-botting technology and community polls to decide on any changes to the game to the support package.
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|
Since the launch players have been able to take part in multiple votes to change or add content. It was agreed with the community that any change to the game would require a majority of 75% of those voting to agree to it. Some notable votes included F2P style worlds being made available for the F2P PKing community, the return of rare items and the decision to not change unidentified herbs to grimy herbs. If you want to see a full list of polls and results, go here.
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.
Regular polls are run, in which players vote on what content should and should not be added to the game. Anything that scores 75% support is developed and released. Bugs and game integrity problems are also addressed as they arise.
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.
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.
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