Jagex unveils Runescape For Mobile Devices, Coming Winter 2017

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Just when you thought Runescape was about to sink into obscurity, Jagex announces another huge innovation to reinvigorate the community and lure in new players.

Jagex has today announced that both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape will be coming to mobile with cross-platform compatibility. Jagex plans on releasing Old School RuneScape Mobile in winter 2017, and RuneScape Mobile not long afterward in 2018. However, having a major desktop MMO incorporate cross-platform play for mobile devices is unprecedented, and will hopefully underline the benefits of such support to other developers behind games in the genre, as well as introducing a new generation of gamers to a beloved classic.

If you're a fan of fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online thingamabob RuneScape (and the game has 250 million registered player accounts, so it's not beyond the realms of possibility that you are), you might be interested to know that you'll soon be able to play the game seamlessly between PC and mobile devices. So, you can start playing on your PC, then switch over to a phone or tablet on the go. RuneScape is the current iteration of the game that the developer has been working on since 2001.

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"This is a real step change for MMORPGs and a signal of Jagex's intent to continue to push the boundaries of live games", said Jagex COO, Phil Mansell.

Old School RuneScape will launch this Winter while RuneScape will come after, although no date has been given. "We believe in taking our games to wherever our players want them; recent player surveys showed an overwhelming 90 percent of active players and 64 percent of former players telling us of their very high intent-to- play on mobile".