Jagex is celebrating RuneScape’s 12th anniversary with a host of community competitions and in-game events.
The game launched its first public beta on 4th January 2001 and is one of the largest and longest running online games in the world. In the last twelve months has seen 486 million hours of gaming, and since the game launched there has been 200 million accounts created.
Mark Ogilvie, RuneScape Design Director, commented
2012 was filled to the brim with content updates both large and small. Last year saw flurries of graphical reworks of the popular areas of the game, bigger and better boss monsters, an overhaul of the combat system, new starting areas as well as the challenging task of introducing voice acting into the game. For me, the highlight of the year was undoubtedly witnessing the creation of the 200th Million RuneScape account, which secured the game’s place as the most played online game of all time. But 2013 is going to be even better.
RuneScape players have a lot to look forward to in 2013 as Jagex outline huge plans which will see an improved pure HTML5-powered version, two brand new skills, a Grandmaster-level quest, Wilderness Warbands, a Construction skill rework, an improved grouping system, and the ability to customise the game’s interface.
Birthday celebrations are taking place in-game with twelve player events planned for this weekend. More details can be found on the Runsescape site.