RuneScape and Old School RuneScape are Coming to Steam to Coincide with 20th Anniversary
RuneScape is making its way to Steam in a move that Jagex says it's making to line up with the title's forthcoming two-decade birthday.
After nearly two decades of being solely accessible via the game’s website (and mobile devices), developer Jagex announced today that it’s finally bringing its popular MMO, RuneScape, to Steam.
RuneScape’s current iteration will be dropping on Steam in only a few short weeks and will release on October 14. Fortunately, for those who still prefer playing the throwback version of the MMO, it will be coming to Steam as well. Old School RuneScape, as it has become to be called over the years, is set to launch on Valve’s platform a bit further down the road and will land in early 2021.
“Jagex is on a mission to bring the RuneScape universe to more players globally,” said the company’s CEO Phil Mansell regarding the move to Steam. “Following our games’ arrival on mobile stores, we are now expanding the availability of the desktop versions. Making them accessible to the Steam community is an important step in achieving this goal. We’re excited to see RuneScape debut on Steam from October 14th and look forward to Old School RuneScape’s arrival next year, as we enable even more gamers to access and explore our rich and engaging living game worlds.”
While a release on Steam likely wasn’t needed to keep RuneScape alive, it’s cool to see Jagex continuing to support the game after nearly twenty years of existence. It’s also just baffling that RuneScape has continued to survive for this long. It still feels like yesterday that this game was all the rage amongst my friend groups in grade school and middle school. More power to Jagex for continuing to keep it going all these years later.
If you’d prefer not to hold off for RuneScape’s Steam release, you can currently head over to the game’s official website to play it right now.