The official death of Runescape is coming.

After 17 long years, RuneScape Classic is getting shut down

Gaming 25/05/2018

Runescape Classic has been served its Dooms Day notice. Come Monday August 25th, after 17 long years, a staple of the internet and for many an initiation into online gaming, will be no more.

Yeah, you might have thought RuneScape Classic died years ago... Ecspecially with all the sequels.

Turns out around 1,000 users across five servers, still go hard on the OG game, along with a solid streaming community on Twitch.

It's estimated at it's peak there used to be atleast 100k-250k people online at all times (let's be honest, many of those were probably bots). 

RuneScape lost it's popularity and is kinda its own meme now. It's is easy to laugh at, but somehow weirdly comforting knowing it's still there.

Like your senile family cat. Your Mum's DVD player. Or Gran Aunt Selma. 

So, it makes us a little sad to hear the end is near. Although, don't panic - If you need to tap into the nostalgia, RuneScape and RuneScape Old School are still going strong.

The MMORPG game developer Jagex released a statement explaining the sudden decision to flick the off switch on the Classic:

This is particularly a problem with our community safety and macro detection tools. The game is now easily abused with the use of third party macro tools, and botting has become an increasing issue.


It read:

For many years we’ve left all of the content from the original game available to play. Whilst it’s seemingly been happily plodding along since then, it is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to say goodbye to RuneScape Classic, which we will be winding down over the next 3 months.

It has been amazing to see such dedication amongst those of you who have kept playing RuneScape Classic over the last few years, some of you have even managed to reach max total! However, it’s not all fun and games.

With advancements in technology helping to further support both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, our tools are no longer compatible with Classic.

This is particularly a problem with our community safety and macro detection tools. The game is now easily abused with the use of third party macro tools, and botting has become an increasing issue.
  
Jagex
added:

We’ve not fully supported RuneScape Classic for years, so why are we suddenly seeing it as a problem now?

The truth is that bots and lack of community safety tools are serious problems, however, we also feel that we can no longer offer long term service reliability due to the growing risk of unrecoverable game breaking bugs.

The number of bugs is getting worse, and we’re gradually seeing the game breaking. It’s important to highlight that these are bugs which we can’t fix due to the unsupported nature of the game.

As such, rather than have the game break indefinitely without any warning, we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to have their last goodbyes.

Concluding by thanking fans for their support across the years, the statement was signed by the developers for both games (The Old School Team and The RuneScape Team).