Old School RuneScape, a massively multiplayer online RPG released in 2013, could’ve received its first new skill. First revealed at last year’s RuneFest, Warding is a proposed skill that allows players to create magical equipment such as robes and armor. As with all new major additions, developer Jagex hosted a poll to gather the community’s views on the idea of a new skill. Unfortunately, the poll was unsuccessful, and the new skill will not be added to the game.
After the week-long poll concluded today, Jagex revealed the results in a blog post. Out of the 125,000 votes cast, 66% voted Yes to Warding. Although the votes were greatly in favor of Warding, it missed the 75% approval mark by a small margin.
The Old School RuneScape community has been divided over Warding. While some believe a new skill will be beneficial, others think it would ruin the “old school” aspect of the game. Regardless of the outcome, the proposed skill was indeed quite interesting. Jagex clearly put a lot of effort in to the development of the new skill. Throughout the design process, the developer recorded community feedback and made numerous changes to the skill. Read up on the Warding design blog to learn exactly how the skill would’ve worked.
As for what’s next, Jagex says that, despite the outcome, they are happy that the polling system is working as intended.
“We know you’re curious about what the next steps are, and we need to establish that exactly ourselves,” writes the Old School Team. “We’re going to do more digging into whether there’s general appetite for a new skill – and if so, what that should look like and how it should be brought into game. We’ll also be taking this opportunity to review all three skills polled in Old School’s history so far, and how we can get you all involved in design so that any future skills are what you, the community, want.”
“The one thing we will commit to is that we will take you all on this journey with us, bringing forward new ideas and proposals as early in the concept process as possible so that your voice can be heard, and we can make something we’re all proud of.”
Despite what the name of the game suggests, Old School RuneScape has added a lot of new content since its launch in 2013. Before introducing a significant content update, Jagex always polls the players and commits to the outcome.
Considering the current state of the polling system, it’s unclear if the game will ever receive a new skill in the future. Getting 75% of voters to agree is a challenging task, especially when its something as game-changing as Warding would have been.