Ever since its mobile launch at the end of October 2018, Old School RuneScape has been doing splendid business and Jagex have now revealed that the game has racked up more than 5 million downloads on iOS and Android mobile platforms.
Old School RuneScape is a mobile iteration of the Windows and Mac game from 2013. We're talking about the same game that looked to provide a more traditional RuneScape experience by using RuneScape's version from 2007 as a starting point.
All things considered, it seems that Jagex have hit two for two because not only did the original Old School RuneScape speed by RuneScape's numbers, it actually doubled its player count by 2017. Moreover, it's said to have broken a record in paid subscriptions from 2008, not too shabby for an Old School title.
Mobile edition of Old School RuneScape has been doing pretty great as well and it's not like the latest milestone comes as much of a surprise. Namely, Jagex have already revealed that the game's first two weeks on mobile saw the game exceeded one million downloads in eight different countries.
Jagex's CEO Phil Mansell said, "Old School RuneScape's successful mobile launch was made possible by our incredible team who've been able to make this classic game play smoothly in a mobile form-factor, and which allows players to enjoy the convenience of completely interoperable PC to mobile cross-play.
If there's any lesson to be drawn from Jagex's experience it's that sometimes a hard reset is a smart strategy. Understanding that many fans were craving for a classic RuneScape, without the bells and whistles tacked on over the years by the development team, was, of course, the first step.
Mansell is aware of that as well and he said, "We find that the more we listen to, engage with, and empower the community the more if fosters a true connection; with each other and with the games. The big increases we're seeing in both membership and active users show that we're not only able to bring new players into RuneScape but we're able to offer the kind of rich, evergreen content that keeps them engaged for the long term."