Huge changes are coming to the hugely popular browser-based MMO Runescape as Jagex announced today in a "Behind the Scenes" video that Runescape 3 would be released this summer. Much as Runescape 2 was simply an overhaul of the original title, Runescape 3 again is an evolution of the game rather than a completely new game. It may feel like a new game, however, considering just how much Jagex is improving.
Here's a shortlist of the vast number of improvements Jagex will be making to Runescape, coming straight from Executive Producer Mod Pips:
- HTML 5 and WebGL implementation, said to bring graphical improvements, sound improvements, and combating lag issues
- Interfaces fully customizable, camera much more flexible, pull parts from different interfaces so individual features players want at hand are readily available
- Remade audio engine, high fidelity sound with a fully orchestrated musical score
- All new community website, expands on high scores
- Runescape's story will move into the Sixth Age, Runescape stands on a precipice and massive change will be coming to the game world
While the video is full of a lot of buzz words and marketing hype, but there's no lie or deceit in the fact that Jagex is dedicated to constant updates for the game. Mod Pips can say how the textures will make you feel like you're really there, which is debatable, but updating the game to HTML 5 with WebGL is a huge step to creating a more immersive browser experience. It'll be great to see what Jagex has put together.
Mod Pips ends his video by promising "lifting the lid on what HTML 5 means for you" next week. Hopefully we'll get the opportunity to see Runescape 3 on motion. Just to reiterate, this is not a new game -- you'll have the same avatar, same account, the changes are all in how players will experience the game.