Jagex has been polling their readers for a few weeks now for the Old School Runescape service which has received nearly half a million votes and today the game launched for all Runescape players.
Over the next six months the service will remain free and will have a dedicated small development team working on the 2007 version of the game. Regular polls will take place as players decide which features will be added or removed from the Old School version.
“Although this is only a fraction of the overall RuneScape membership, it’s incredible to see how such large numbers of our community are prepared to mobilize for issues they are passionate about,” said Phil Mansell, RuneScape’s Executive Producer. “It was clear very early on that there was a dedicated movement in our community for this project. We can therefore commit to the promise that the future of these servers are secured and their updates will be left entirely in the hands of our community to decide. We’ll be holding regular content polls which will allow them to help shape and direct which content or fixes they want implemented into the game.”
Mansell continued “We certainly could not have brought this content back without our community’s support and commitment, they are at the centre of everything we do at Jagex. RuneScape has always been influenced by its players, and 2013 will be no different, when the community speak we aim to please! This year is going to be our biggest year ever and our players are going to be right in the heart of it.”
The servide is now live and and all members can check it out via www.RuneScape.com/oldschool.