RuneScape has been working in numerous types for practically twenty years, and towards all odds the traditional MMO remains to be going sturdy – in actual fact, it had a record-setting 2019. A variety of these numbers are pushed by Outdated College RuneScape particularly, however all advised the video games drew in over 1,000,000 paying subscribers in 2019.
“Jagex’s RuneScape franchise achieved its highest-ever participant membership peak in 2019,” the corporate says in a press launch, “with RuneScape and Old School RuneScape attracting greater than 1.1 million paying subscribers, along with the various hundreds of thousands who benefit from the free-to-access content material.”
Outdated College RuneScape reached its highest ever variety of each day lively gamers in 2019, thanks largely to the cellular model which launched the 12 months earlier than. The cellular model has now been put in over eight million occasions. 2019 additionally marked an “all-time membership excessive” for the collection – although day by day is presumably a brand new all-time membership excessive, until outdated accounts hold getting deleted.
A fan-made tool which tracks formally reported participant counts reveals how the numbers break down over totally different variations of the sport. OSRS represents the overwhelming majority of lively gamers every day, and its lead spiked after the cellular launch, whereas customary RuneScape’s numbers remained principally flat in 2019. (It’s value noting that gamers anecdotally report way more bots in OSRS, nonetheless.)
This all serves as a great reminder that whereas MMORPGs have light a bit from the highlight, among the style’s most venerable entries are nonetheless going sturdy.