RuneScape officially launched on January 4, 2001. Jagex will celebrate their MMORPG's 20th anniversary with a bunch of themed content that will continually trickle out through the year.
RuneScape is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. The iconic MMORPG launched on January 1, 2001.
Since its launch, RuneScape has grown to become one of the world’s longest-running online games, having been played non-stop for 7,306 consecutive days, welcomed almost 300 million player accounts, and has recently enjoyed a new peak in popularity: in 2020 the RuneScape games hit a new record-high of subscribers with more than 1.2 million members joining the further millions of players who enjoy RuneScape for free.
Jagex is going all out for the celebration by holding a year-long programme of 20th anniversary-themed game content coming to both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape.
The festivities will kick off today with The Grand Party, an anniversary event in RuneScape that brings players together with some of the game’s most recognisable characters. The next 12 months will welcome a whole host of celebratory in-game content, including a multi-part anniversary questline that takes players deep into RuneScape’s past, present, and future.
Plus, adventurers can enjoy a year-long epic story arc in which the Elder Gods, the beings who forged Gielinor, rise once again.
Old School RuneScape will also join the revelry this week with the launch of its first-anniversary event. The event will see the players go on adventures alongside the Green Gnome Child to do battle with demons and dragons of yore.
Delivering the opportunity to play across multiple platforms, RuneScape will also bring its open-world gameplay to mobile and tablet this year with full launches for both iOS and Android. For those who want to read the story of RuneScape’s 20-year evolution, ‘RuneScape: The First 20 Years – An Illustrated History’ will be published as an official companion book by Dark Horse Books.