Announced a year and a half ago, Old School RuneScape released on mobile devices last week. It offered portable touchscreen compatibility for one of the most well known online MMOs of all time. Since it's release, It's achieved over 1 million downloads, rising to the top of the Free Apps chart of the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. It's Number 1 in eight different countries, with a top ten listing in 15 countries, overtaking Fortnite in many of them.
Old School RuneScape, technically considered RuneScape 2, was the second iteration of the franchise. Released in 2007, this version grew to massive fame for being an easy and accessible online game. When developers Jagex overhauled the game in 2013, the new version (RuneScape 3) became "RuneScape" while the previous version everyone is nostalgic for became "Old School RuneScape."
Jagex CEO Phil Mansell remarked on the success of the mobile port.
"After five years of successive growth since its PC launch in 2013, the arrival of Old School RuneScape on mobile is a hugely important milestone for Jagex in taking the RuneScape franchise multiformat. Making our living games available to more players on more devices was a priority for us as we set out the third age of Jagex as, over the years, our players have grown up and some, who were PC players, now have alternative format preferences that fit their changed lifestyles."
The official game servers understandably saw a large spike at the same time of release. Appealing to the older, nostalgic audiences, Old School RuneScape Mobile offered the ability to play the game they loved when they were younger, while still conforming to the limited availability of being an adult with a job and responsibilities.
Want to play for yourself, the official app can be found on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. More information can be found on the official website.