The devs want “to give everyone the opportunity to have their last goodbyes.”
RuneScape Classic, the legacy servers for the original version of RuneScape released in 2001, is shutting down.
According to a blog post from the development team, the Classic servers were becoming too vulnerable to third party macro programs and bots, which they see as a serious problem for community safety.
“For many years we’ve left all of the content from the original game available to play,” the post reads, but that they have not been able to fully support Classic for years now. It continues by saying the dev team feels “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.” Instead of letting RuneScape Classic deteriorate even further, they have decided to give the game a hard end date “to give everyone the opportunity to have their last goodbyes.”
Of course, this in no way affects the modern version of RuneScape, which is still in operation. The RuneScape Classic servers will be officially taken offline on August 6.
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