Runescape Classic was the first version of the popular massive multiplayer online role playing game of the 2000s. First released in 2001, Jagex have continued to support the game over the years. Earlier this week, Jagex announced that Runescape Classic will be shutting down in August as a result of several issues.
After Runescape Classic, Jagex released Runescape 2 (now known as Old School Runescape) with an improved engine. Runescape 3 is the latest version of the game and is a major improvement in all aspects compared to its predecessors.
Jagex’s announcement reads, “With advancements in technology helping to further support both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, our tools are no longer compatible with Classic. This is particularly a problem with our community safety and macro detection tools. The game is now easily abused with the use of 3rd party macro tools, and botting has become an increasing issue.”
“We’ve not fully supported RuneScape Classic for years, so why are we suddenly seeing it as a problem now? The truth is that bots and lack of community safety tools are serious problems, however, we also feel that we can no longer offer long term service reliability due to the growing risk of unrecoverable game breaking bugs. “
Jagex says that as the game continues to grow old, providing support has become more and more difficult due to several issues. Years after release, Runescape Classic is now filled with botters and macro users. As a result of these issues as well as lack of community safety tools, Jagex can no longer support the game anymore. To prevent an unexpected breakdown, Jagex plans to close down Runescape Classic shortly.
The servers for Runescape Classic will go offline on 6th August 2018 at 8 AM BST. Until then, the game will function as normal and players will have plenty of time to bid farewell.