Is RuneScape worth playing in 2022?

Runescape didn’t last more than 20 years because it’s an average experience that no one commits to in the long term. As an MMORPG, it’s part of a genre that constantly seems on the verge of extinction despite the popularity of a few select games.

So, as we enter RuneScape’s 21st year, is it still the premier free-to-play MMORPG? Is it worth the cost of a paid subscription? In short… Is RuneScape worth playing in 2022 and beyond? We’ll take a look…

Is RuneScape still popular?

Absolutely, RuneScape is still going strong with over 100,000 concurrent players typically online at peak times of the day. Over 295 million accounts have been created in the last 20 years and although many are inactive today, a large portion of them are still active.

Regular events keep things festive and interesting.

The appeal of RuneScape is quite unique as it does not offer any features that can be defined as the reason for its popularity. You can thrive and survive through trade skills like mining and blacksmithing. Become a master forager by training your woodcutting and fishing or seek to be one of Gielinor’s greatest heroes and complete hundreds of quests.

That freedom is a huge draw and despite being such an established game, the story is pretty easy to pick up no matter when you sign up. Many of the quests in the game are mini-stories in the world and aren’t tied to any major lore anyway.

Content is constantly being added and improvements to the game keep coming. Maybe it can sometimes be negative, especially after the monetization scandal a few years ago. The addition of real-money transactions by purchasing Treasure Keys caused a stir, nothing the gaming industry had ever seen before in FIFA Points.

The graphics won’t blow you away, but they fit the game perfectly.

While they’re still around, they’re not as predatory as they once were, which is the result of a studio understanding its fan base while understanding what needs to be done to survive. A happy balance was the result.

Go old school

For anyone looking to return to RuneScape and a little overwhelmed by the look of “RuneScape 3“, you have two options to make things more familiar. If you want all the graphical and content updates, you can switch to Legacy mode which strips out the most modern MMORPG features and leaves you with a basic point-and-click system.

Oh my god, the nostalgia… it hurts.

Alternatively, you can play Old School RuneScape which is the classic version of the game, protected and maintained with regular updates, but will never look, feel or play anything but like the original game. The downside is that you have to be a paid member to access all of the worlds on offer. Only a few are available for free players.

Pay to win?

Now for the elephant in the room, is RuneScape pay to win or pay to profit or pay for anything? Absolutely not. Even with a completely free account, there’s more content to enjoy here than there is in some £/$60 AAA releases.

Treasure Hunter is still a sore spot for some players

There are several membership opportunities available through General Membership and Premier Club, but none are required to Enjoy the game. Treasure hunter the keys are still a bit paid in the sense that the more you spend, the more articles and content you will receive. To say that this is an intrusive and unavoidable part of the game, however, would be wrong.


In truth, RuneScape is a game that pleases on all fronts. For modern MMO fans, it delivers that full experience you’re looking for and will give you all the relentless updates to keep you happy. Old-school gamers still have the game they fell in love with and the promise that its integrity will be upheld.

You can start for free and commit to a paid subscription only if you like what you’re playing or exhaust all the free content – which is no small feat. We believe RuneScape will survive, thrive, and continue to impress throughout 2022 and beyond!

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