RuneScape Reanimated

Jagex Ltd. has released an “Animation Pack” for its popular free-to-play, browser based MMO RuneScape this week. Included in the update are a series of new and improved animations for the most popular weapons and abilities, all of which have been invigorated with not only redrawn frames , but new “tweening” technology that allows the animators to render altogether smoother movements.

But the proof is in the pudding. In a recent developer’s blog, Mod Paul B, the lead animator for RuneScape, posted links showing just how nice the new animations and technology actually are by demonstrating the dramatic difference between new and old when compared side by side.

Mod Paul B also ensures that this update is only the, “first step” in a planned series of graphical revisions and improvements to the world of RuneScape. If the quality of the first “Animation Pack” is any indication for the future,  players of RuneScape have much to look forward to as Jagex continues to push the visual boundaries for a browser based and free-to-play MMO.

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  1. As technology grows, so does the capabilities of browser based games. Is anyone else starting to think that Jagex might have a shot against World Of Warcraft?

  2. Its one of, if not *the*, largest MMOs around despite being f2p and browser based. World of Warcraft and Blizzard are the champions of accessibility(runs on a range of computer specs, easy to pick up, intuitive, etc.) and it certainly follows that they have their eyes on this, watching how it develops.

  3. Well I heard rumors that Blizzard is thinking of making Wow f2p sometime in the future but you will have to buy the game.

  4. Yes, this I have been aware of this for quite some time, the game is after all in the Guinness book of world records for the most popular browser based MMOs of all time. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for “part 2” of their new cluster bomb of updates.

  5. I think that will just remain a rumour, I’m pretty sure with 9 million “paying” consumers, Blizzard won’t want to part with their cash, ever.

  6. its insane that Runscape is a browser based game and can handle that number of users and functionality while still remaining a stable game playing environment, I am quote impressed by the technology.

  7. i used to play runescape so much haha, i still have my high level character i think. Darkmagius.
    man those were the days

  8. I’ve not actually played Runescape. I do hear a lot of people taking the piss out of it though, asking how to mine for fish.

    I’d do that for an april fools joke, program the game so that anyone who tries to mine gets attacked by a swarm of piranha. XD

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