After an extensive early access period, today's Runescape mobile release across iOS and Android stuffs 20 years of MMO history into a tiny phone or reasonably larger tablet for free. After the recent Steam release, it's the second time the franchise has branched out from its browser-based beginnings.
Not to be confused with Old School Runescape (or Runescape 2)--the more popular, older version of the game that launched on mobile a little while back-- this version of Runescape mobile is the modern version of the long-running title originally released on PC and Mac in 2013.
Otherwise known as Runescape 3 to veterans, it features drastically improved 3D graphics and textures, a more refined combat system, and other systems that reflect today's MMORPG trends.
Like the Old School version of the game on mobile, Runescape is completely cross-platform. You log in with the same account as on the desktop version and play with the same people, making it a single, unified experience whether you play on desktop or mobile.
During its pre-order period, Runescape amassed 1.8 million pre-registrations across both platforms on top of the millions of others who played during the Early Access program.
The high pre-registration count even unlocked in-game cosmetic rewards like a hairstyle, teleporter, sword, pet, and the Crux Eqal armor. Anyone who logs in also gets a 50 percent XP boost for seven days. There's even a week-long Membership trial available for new or lapsed players to jump back into the game's premium content.
2021 actually marks the Runescape franchise's 20th anniversary. Players can look forward to a whole host of new events, celebrations, and big content drops as the year progresses.