by Heather Kroeker
Jagex, makers of beloved massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) RuneScape, have announced that “RuneScape Classic” will be closing down in August of this year.
In a statement on their website, Jagex wrote: “it is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to say goodbye to RuneScape Classic (RSC), which will be winding down over the next 3 months.”
RSC is the original version of the popular fantasy game that was launched 17 years ago in 2001, that has remained available to play alongside the latest version.
Jagex says that the decision to close down the servers comes as a result of security concerns, increases of in-game “bugs”, and abuse by third-party macro tools and in-game “bots.”
A spokesperson for the game said: “Both Old School RuneScape and the modern iteration continue to be very successful products for Jagex, and we’re looking forward to launching great content for both titles, including new raids and quests.”
Though fans are sad to say goodbye, many understand Jagex’s decision, and continue to look forward to the related content that Jagex continues to develop.
“West”, who is an affiliate of Xtreme Vision Gaming, one of the biggest E-sports groups in South Africa, says: “Classic was the greatest thing to happen to MMORPGs in its day.”
“At the same time, I’m not sad to see it closing. The fact it could stay up as long as it did says a lot about RuneSape as a whole. We still have the live version and Old School RuneScape, and welcome any Classic player.”
RuneScape enthusiast, Simon “ThaStrake” van der Spoel, has been playing the game for almost 16 years. He says he’s sad to see RSC closing down, but that it’s “understandable”.
“The game was plagued by many bugs that couldn’t be fixed by the current staff members, which makes it quite a loss,” says van der Spoel. “I think the current and future community might lose the idea that a basic game can be great and challenging.”
Though RSC might be closing down, loyal fans have taken to Reddit to start the “Runescape Classic Preservation Project,” urging fans and players alike to update it in order to preserve the beloved game’s memory.
For anyone feeling particularly sentimental to relive a piece of their youth, the RSC servers won’t be taken offline until 6 August 2018 – so there is still 3 months left to squeeze in all those quests you never finished.
Featured Image : Screenshot from RuneScape Classic / by Jagex