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RuneScape 3 (RS3) is an enhanced version of RuneScape 2 - also known as RuneScape HD. This major upgrade was launched on Monday July 22nd, bringing features such as a new engine, customisable interfaces and new content.
As with RuneScape HD, RuneScape 2 has evolved into RuneScape 3. This is a continuation of the current game, not a different product.
No, everything is a continuation of the current game, with all of your existing progress, achievements, items, etc.
Yes, everyone will have a choice of client (HTML5 or Java) and your existing shortcuts and downloadable client will still work.
While the HTML5 client will technically work on some mobile browsers, it will not be optimised nor will the control scheme be updated for touch screen at this point.
Not exactly, the new interface system will replace the existing one, but we will provide presets which mimic both old styles of interface as much as possible.
At launch only Google Chrome will run the HTML5 client. We expect Firefox and Internet Explorer to be updated with full HTML5 support later in the year.
No, your membership will work the same way as it did with RuneScape 2; there will be no additional charges.
In order to play RuneScape 3 in the HTML5 client you will need to:
We would suggest having an Intel i series CPU and at least an NVidia 200 series graphics card (or the AMD equivalent).
You can choose from four preset layouts by entering Edit Mode and selecting one of the 4 options from the drop down menu. These four presets (and the two which you can edit yourself) offer a variety of looks and positions for your interfaces.
For players looking to have a minimal, fixed-width style layout, choose the Old School Layout. For players with a larger monitor, the Skilling Layout might be more your style.
For more information about the NIS and what you can do with it see the Interfaces page.
The HTML5 client will be stabilised with performance improvements for the launch of RuneScape 3 but we're going to keep it tagged as a BETA for the coming months as ongoing optimisations are made.
There are also other factors beyond our control which will cause issues for some, such as the incomplete or not fully optimised support for HTML5 and WebGL from web browsers and graphics drivers.
Having said that, the majority of you should find that the client works well and you will suffer no performance issues from using it.
Main article: RuneScape 3 Beta
The initially closed BETA was available to all Gold & Silver Premium members with the chance for normal members to register interest in testing. The BETA began on the 17th April 2013, and sign ups were open between the 3rd April & 10th April. Some players were allowed to test a new customisable interface system that was in ALPHA stages from the 24th April.
The BETA was run on live servers in the current game, as opposed to separate servers as with the Evolution of Combat BETA. Due to this, any levels and xp gained during the BETA were on your RuneScape character.
The following images were released as teasers for RuneScape 3, showing off the new engine and new technology.
|Current Version||RuneScape 3|
|Alternate Versions||RuneScape Classic • Old School RuneScape|
|Old Versions||Devious MUD • RuneScape 2 • RuneScape HD|