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What is Old School RuneScape 2007?

Old School RuneScape is known by gamers by several different names including RS07, 2007Scape, RS2, and OSRS. Old School RuneScape is the official name generated by Jagex for an older version of the RuneScape game. This version had been released from a backup of the source code of RuneScape back in August of 2007. The game was announced via a post in February of 2013. What followed was the opening of a poll to help ascertain the number of players that might be interested in the old school version of the game. That poll ended in March of 2013 and was used to help decide a number of factors with the game, include whether or not there would be a membership fee associated with playing. When the poll finally ended in March of 2013, there had been a total of 449,351 votes tallied. The cutoff number needed to secure having no membership fee was 500,000 but Jagex at the time stated that it would not charge a fee for the first six months of Old School RuneScape. Still, all this time later, gamers can still play for free. In addition, Jagex gave Old School RuneScape membership credit equivalent to one month to everyone who had cast a vote. Old School RuneScape soon saw the number of players rival that of the live version of the game, which is now known as RuneScape 3, to help distinguish between the two versions.

Old School RuneScape operates much the same way as RuneScape Classic and gamers can use their primary account to gain access to both games. However, the identifying information from each individual game, such as personal stats, items you may have acquired or quests completed cannot be transferred between Old School RuneScape and RuneScape 3. All players start on equal playing field and in the same place for Old School RuneScape and that place is on Tutorial Island. You also start the game with a brand-new character that you get to customise. The RS07 version of RuneScape was originally released in the early part of the year 2013. It had been voted on by players and was slated to be released with a new set of features for each vote mark level that was reached.

Old School RuneScape was separated into a total of four different levels, each of which had increasing requirements for number of votes. Even though the benchmark of 500,000 was not reached, Jagex has stated that it will not be charging any membership fee for playing the game. For level 1 to be reached, a total of 50,000 votes needed to be cast. That number of votes ensured that Old School RuneScape would be released. It also guaranteed a $15 membership fee, critical maintenance, and no bug fixes or game updates. With Level 2, which was secured by having 250,000 votes secured, gamers reached the mark of only a $5 membership fee, still not major updates but some critical bug fixes included, potential for anti-bot technology over time, and a small development team. For Level 3, which needed 500,000 votes, gamers received the Old School RuneScape for free with their existing membership, regular scheduled maintenance, as well as content updates periodically. Lastly, there was a 4th Level available which was not reached, as it required 750,000 votes. Had it been reached, it would have secured no additional membership fee, with a portion of the game staying free for everyone, content updates dependent on gamer polling, anti-bot technology, and a large development team to ensure consistent maintenance.

There are some significant differences between Old School RuneScape and RuneScape 3. To start with, there is an age requirement of 13 years old associated with Old School RuneScape. It uses a legacy type of combat whereby the user just has to click and forget about killing the monster or player because it would continue to hit it until one of you died. This is unlike the Evolution of Combat (EOC) used in RuneScape 3, which focuses on abilities and action bars. This brought RuneScape 3 up to date with the other most popular MMORPG games in the marketplace like SWTOR and World of Warcraft. The graphics are not as fancy in Old School RuneScape. There is no texture used within those graphics. Also with Old School Runescape, there are no Jagex microtransactions, including Treasure Hunter, Squeal of Fortune, or Solomon’s General Store. Essentially removing the 'pay-to-win' feel that is accredited to the RuneScape 3 version of the game. The only exception to this is that membership bonds are consistent in both versions of the game. Old School RuneScape does not use diversions or distractions and many of the minigames do not exist either. Lastly, many of the items that had been previously discontinued in the newer version of the game still exist in Old School RuneScape as they had been previously set to be released as part of the game. There are a number of items that are available that aren’t even part of the newer game such as black party hats and boxing gloves.

The majority of the new content in the game was decided through player polls conducted on social media. These polls took place on sites such as Reddit, Twitter, and various RuneScape forums. In order for players to cast a vote in these polls, they had to have a total level of 280 in Old School RuneScape and for a poll to be deemed successful by Jagex, it had to be approved by 75% of the votes in the poll. One of the additions in the game is God Wars Dungeon (GWD), even though it was a different version than the one released in the main game. Some of the content in Old School RuneScape is exclusive to that version, given that some of it has never been seen before in the history of the live game.

Finally, there are some really interesting facts surrounding Old School RuneScape and its popularity with gamers. On its first day, the Old School RuneScape Servers had reached 50,000 online players after only four hours of gaming. Now, during peak hours, the count of players has been known to reach over 66,000. While popularity seems to ebb and flow, there is no denying that with a fan base that is able to vote on new content, the game still attracts many gamers.

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