Old School Runescape

If you were a fan of Runescape back in the day — I mean really back in the day — maybe you didn’t like all the changes Jagex made to the game in the intervening years. If so, you had a recourse, via the Old School version of Runescape that Jagex has maintained alongside the “New School” regular game, but only if you were a subscriber to the latter version.

No more! Like its big brother, Old School Runescape is now permanently free-to-play, meaning you don’t need to subscribe to anything to play.

It does have its limits, though… new accounts will be unable to trade away items during their first 24 hours, and a few other interactive options will be limited, to prevent players from creating unlimited accounts and using them to supply other players (or their alts) with loot. These restrictions are removed if you become a member.

Did you used to play Runescape in ye olden days? If so, does Old School Runescape appeal to you, or would you rather play the new and updated version?

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. Its not actually Free to play. Only the Free to play AREA’s are fully free. you still have to pay for access to full content. whoever wrote this article is misleading bastard

    • A game that receives weekly updates for 10 years+ straight… is going to stay active. Like it or not, if there’s anything Jagex is doing right with RuneScape it is the weekly updates they do, compared to the constantly delayed monthly+ content patches other games do.

      • Active doesn’t make it good. Or this article correct. The “other games” you mention also have a lot more coding, structuring, balancing, modeling, etc, etc, etc, than this relic. The fact you couldn’t see past this point just goes to show you’re obstructed view because of your love of this terrible game.

        • Developing for RuneScape doesn’t seem that easy… They’ve upgraded their graphics a lot to be honest. Balancing is especially difficult, the older (/the more content) the game gets.

          *something something your blind hatred for this game*

          I never said that this game is a gem, definitely has a specific market. You either like it or you don’t.

          But I personally do enjoy my time with the game though, and isn’t that what gaming is about in the first place? Go and enjoy the games you enjoy without pushing other people down for the games they like.


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