RuneScape Mobile has launched into Early Access for Android smartphones today, bringing Jagex’s 18-year-old MMORPG to mobile and letting you seamlessly take your continued adventures with you on the go.
RuneScape Mobile Early Access is available to every RuneScape subscriber, with those hopping in receiving an exclusive Mobile Founder’s Pack for free, handing out a new emote, pet and armour set. Of course, you can only do so if you’re playing on Android, with an iOS beta planned for 2020.
RuneScape Mobile was announced earlier this month at RuneFest 2019. To bring the game to smartphones, Jagex have redesigned the game’s interface, scaling action hotbars and menus and positioning in a way to help focus on the in game action without obstructing the player’s view. Despite this, RuneScape Mobile is fully cross-platform, allowing for cross-play and cross-progression with RuneScape on PC. You’re able to switch freely between any device and continue your journey.
Even if you’re a desktop die hard, having RuneScape installed on a handheld device may still enhance your overall experience. Push notifications will alert you on updates which can be particularly handy when training skills – one example given was an alert for when crops have fully grown and are ready to harvest. A great tool for RuneScape’s farmers, then.
Last year, the British studio released Old School RuneScape for mobile devices. For those of you sat there a bit confused, this crystallised version of the online RPG (usually referred to as OSRS) dials the game back to how it was in 2007.
On the surface that means fewer skills, fewer quests, and on the whole a lot less activities for players to participate in compared to modern RuneScape.
With that said, there’s still a voracious appetite for this older iteration of the game and Jagex has been adding original content and quality of life features. When it arrived on Android and Apple devices in 2018, the player population for OSRS shot up massively.
Jagex is no doubt hoping to convert some of those players when its beefier, younger counterpart arrives on mobiles in the near future.
Source: press release