RuneScape mobile client: Gamers finally know when to expect it

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These are full-fledged mobile clients of the existing game, not a separate version.

It's important to note that this announcement applies to both RuneScape proper and Old School RuneScape.

Old School RuneScape releases first on mobile, which is based on its August 2007 version. Players can use their existing accounts and play in the same servers that they use in the PC versions of the games.

The games don't appear to be playable cross platform but are "interoperable" play, meaning that you can access your normal PC based account on mobile and play with that account.

Meanwhile, the modern RuneScape is also in development for mobile, following the Old School client.

Interestingly enough, the Runescape mobile ports will be fully cross compatible with their big brother PC counterparts, in addition, the titles will also be interoperable which translates to players being able to seamlessly login and off from either version Runescape on PC or Runescape mobile and quickly get back into the action.

Back when pay-monthly was still a workable business model for MMORPGs, Runescape stood alone as an example of how to do free-to-play right.

Old School RuneScape will land on mobile this winter, and RuneScape will arrive shortly after, in 2018.

"This is a real step change for MMORPGs and a signal of Jagex's intent to continue to push the boundaries of live games", Phil Mansell, chief operating officer of Jagex, said in a press release sent to GamesBeat. That streaming audience has growth potential with the mobile version. iOS 11 may support streaming to several different services, with betas indicating a "broadcasting" feature along with the screen recording feature.

After being available in some form for more than 16 years, it's kind of wonderful that RuneScape hasn't had a mobile release yet.

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