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The world of Gielinor is about to undergo its biggest change to date as RuneScape 3 finally gets an official launch date of July 22nd.
Fans of Jagex’s hugely popular MMO are about to take their game to the next level as the latest iteration of RuneScape adds loads more to the game than a new facelift. For starters, the game will shift over to an HTML 5-based engine, allowing players to pick up and play like never before from pretty much any computer with an internet connection.
“We received fantastic praise from our passionate RuneScape community when we first revealed the development of RuneScape 3, so we’re thrilled to be able to confirm the July 22 launch date for the most significant update in the game’s history,” said Executive Producer Phil Mansell. “Our pioneering use of HTML 5 technology continues to place us at the forfront of browser-based gaming innovation, and will result in a truly amazing gaming experience for players.”
Thanks to that HTML 5 tech, players will be able to tackle RuneScape 3 without the need of Java, or any other type of plugin, for that matter. The upgrade will also allow the game to make advancements in all of the typical areas, including better graphics and draw distances, and upgraded camera system and improved audio.
A system to encourage players to keep coming back for more is also being utilized, offering seasonal leaderboards to rank the top players on a weekly and monthly basis. According to a statement from Jagex, player decisions will also directly shape the world of Gielinor, though no details on how that will play out have been offered.
As for the MMO’s new epic story, the world of Gielinor has now entered the sixth age, a time when the gods of old have returned to the world of man to reestablish their rule. So, yeah, that could make for some wild adventures. The game’s first ever community event is also being introduced, dubbed The Battle for Lumbridge.
Jagex announced back in March that RuneScape 3 would be hitting web browsers sometime this summer and, with a release date just a few weeks away, it looks like they’ll be making good on that promise. The free-to-play game’s kept players coming back for 12 years now and, according to Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard, RuneScape 3 will up the ante once again.
“RuneScape continues to go from strength to strength, and with the launch of RuneScape 3 this year, we will no doubt continue on that upward trajectory,” Gerhard said. “We have a solid lineup of the most ambitious, innovative content and ground-breaking technical innovations ever, all of which will be coming to fruition over the course of the next few months. It’s going to be an in incredibly exciting time for the community, both past and present.”