RuneScape developer Jagex have confirmed the release date for their long awaited Archaeology expansion announced last year.
The Cambridge based game studio will be rolling out this exciting new update at the end of next month on March 30th.
The major highlight here will be the Archaeology player skill itself. For those who don’t play RuneScape, there are currently 27 skills such as Farming, Herblore, and Cooking that help define your character, each tagged with hours upon hours of content to explore.
Archaeology will bring the total up to 28 skills and when it launches in March it will have a max skill level of 120. Free to play users will be able to get their hands dirty and sample those first 20 levels which Jagex estimates at around two hours of Archaeology content.
Here’s what we learned about the skill during RuneFest last year:
RuneScape’s fantasy realm of Gielinor will soon play host to a number of dig sites where players can excavate precious artefacts. You’ll then have the option to source collectors for these rare items or donate them to a museum, earning credits that can be exchanged for other loot.
Described as a multifaceted skill, Archaeology involves gathering, manufacturing, and trading, while also having an influence elsewhere in the game.
For example, you’ll be able to summon ancient creatures that act as a friendly pet or familiar. Your discoveries will also include weapons as well as schematics for long lost technology, giving you the blueprints to build some intriguing new equipment.
So far, Jagex has confirmed that there will be five Archaeology dig sites added to RuneScape when the skill launches next year. These include the new Khalid-Et biome, a network of catacombs that lie beneath the desert city of Al-Kharid.
You’ll also visit the vampiric lands of Morytania in your search for treasure as well as Orthen and an area of The Wilderness known as the Infernal Sword.
RuneScape is currently available on PC with an early access Android mobile version out now.
Source: Press Release