Twenty years ago today, one of the greatest free-to-play MMORPGs launched. That game is Runescape.
Developed by Jagex, the medieval-fantasy browser-based MMORPG launched on January 4th, 2001. This makes Runescape one of the oldest playable MMORPGs available to play. Jagex states that the game has been played for 7,306 consecutive days, with over 300 million total player accounts.
Do not let the age of the game deter you, as the game is still going strong. In 2020, Jagex reported a record-breaking 1.2 million users subscribing to the game, with millions of other users registering for free-to-play accounts.
To celebrate, Jagex will be hosting a month-long Grand Party located at Lumbridge Crater near the iconic Lumbridge Castle. The birthday event and associated quest lines will have "some of the most iconic characters from Runescape's history, such as the Wise Old Man and the Sandwich Lady."
You will be able to obtain special anniversary capes and outfits during the event, so make sure to log in and get these unique items!
"20 years is a massive milestone for Jagex and the games, and I thank our players for being on this incredible journey with us. RuneScape has come a long way since 2001 when it was launched by a small team of visionary game developers. As we continue to make the RuneScape universe more accessible to more players all over the world, we'll celebrate throughout 2021 with one of the most content-rich years for the games ever." - Jagex boss Phil Mansell.
Runescape is currently playable on the PC, with the Android and iOS versions just around the corner. For those who play Old School Runescape, you will be able to play them on all three platforms today.