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RuneScape to open RuneScape Classic for the final time

Jagex to reopen RuneScape Classic to members as part of the game's 10th anniversary celebrations

Cambridge, UK - Thursday 15th September 2011 — Jagex Games Studio today announced that they would be reopening RuneScape Classic for the last time as part of the game's 10th anniversary celebrations, to allow players new and old the chance to see how the game has evolved.

RuneScape Classic was first released to the public in January 2001. It's the original version of the immensely popular free to play MMMORPG RuneScape, and it shows just how far RuneScape has come over the past 10 years.

RuneScape Classic has been opened sporadically since RuneScape 2 was released in 2004, and fans have been checking out how far the game has progressed ever since, taking nostalgic tours of the game and collecting the much coveted Classic Cape and Classic Hood. These collectables, which give players a unique Skillcape emote, are exclusive in-game items only available to those who have logged in to RuneScape Classic. This final chance is a historical moment for RuneScape players, as the cape and hood will soon be unobtainable to those not already holding them.

RuneScape members wishing to join RuneScape Classic will need to log in between Thursday 15th September 2011 and Thursday 29th September 2011 to ensure they can access the game in the future, as this is the last time the doors will be open to new players.

Daniel Clough, VP of RuneScape, commented, "The past 10 years have seen RuneScape grow and develop at a phenomenal rate, and today's game is testament to the continued content, graphical and technological updates. Taking a trip back to Classic gives our longest standing players a chance to reminisce and newer players a chance to see where their game has come from. Ten years after RuneScape Classic opened its gates to adventurers, it seems a fitting time to close them to new players, as we look forward to RuneScape's second decade and to what promises to be a very exciting future for the game."

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About RuneScape

RuneScape is the world's most popular free-to-play MMO (as recognised by Guinness World Records), from multiple award-winning independent British development studio Jagex. Set in a richly detailed, mediaeval fantasy world, RuneScape proudly draws its inspiration from classic role-playing games. RuneScape delivers a contemporary, innovative and original experience for millions of players across the globe every day. RuneScape offers a fully featured free-to-play game, with a popular subscription option of even greater scale and ambition, both running directly within almost any computer's browser.

Thanks to its character-class-free skill system and elective gameplay, there are no limits to the heroes players can become, no quest they cannot complete and no requirement to collaborate with others or face them in player-versus-player combat unless they so choose. RuneScape's distinctive role-playing style rewards players who think strategically and play smartly. Its witty, intelligent tone, finely balanced gameplay, epic questing and myriad in-world diversions combine to create a game that has earned its place as the most popular free-to-play massively multiplayer online game of all time and continues to push the boundaries of online role-playing as it enters its glorious tenth year.

About Jagex - Just About the Game Experience

Jagex Games Studio is a multi-award winning games developer and publisher based in Cambridge, England. Jagex specialises in the development of high quality browser-based games and is the largest independent games developer and publisher in the UK.

Jagex has developed and self-published over 40 online titles, including the world's most popular free multiplayer online game, RuneScape. In addition to RuneScape, Jagex self-publishes games on its games portal, and has released a series of successful iPhone games. Jagex also acts as a third-party publisher for likeminded developers, publishing titles such as Herotopia, War of Legends, and the iPhone title Undercroft. The studio's in-house team is currently developing a number of games including 8Realms, which is currently in Closed Beta, and two new MMOs, Stellar Dawn and TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE.

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Laura West
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Jagex Games Studio
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