Since the launch of RuneScape 3 there are two versions of RuneScape running simultaneously: RuneScape 3 and Old School RuneScape. At first glance, it seems that having two iterations of the same game might cannibalize the player population. But is this first impression correct? That’s what we’re going to look into today. buy runescape 3 gold
Not So Old School
Old School RuneScape a.k.a RuneScape07 or simply RS07 is a version of the game as it was back in 2007. This date was picked randomly, actually. Jagex team simply found a save file, booted it up, and here – it worked! However, as the title of this paragraph suggests, OSRS is not so OS anymore. Rather, it is a new, updated gamekeeping everything from the 07 era while further building on it. Constant updates mean that the game is maintained and running smoothly and also feels fresh even after years of playing. Populations fluctuate, obviously, but it has more to do with general gaming trends than OSRS itself.
A Niche to be (Re)Filled
Let’s get back to the point about both games cannibalizing each other’s population. Truth is that players, who turned away from RS3 for whatever reason were obviously not playing the game. The opposite is true as well: those who enjoyed RS3 continued to play the game. In other words, RS3 and OSRS player base didn’t really overlap. This meant that there was a potential player population Jagex could tap into. This was especially obvious when looking at the popularity of private servers that ran older iterations of the game and constant requests made by players. While being F2P, these servers often sell items, in-game currency, or other services to players for real-world currency. While we’re on the subject, it is worth mentioning that you can purchase OSRS gold for Jagex’s version of the game as well. Jagex can claim that they wanted to fulfill the wish of players to play an older version of the game and thus launched OSRS, however the fact that all that money private servers were making could flow to Jagex instead cannot be ignored.
OSRS Mobile made the game completely cross-platform. Now, you can enjoy your favorite game on-the-go. The launch of OSRS Mobile was a huge success and Jagex witnessed an unprecedented player population boost. As it always happens, the numbers have somewhat dwindled, but they have stabilized at a higher player count than previously.