RuneScape now has Fresh Start Worlds – which brings its own pros and cons
RuneScape, the popular MMORPG created by the lovely Brits at Jagex, has received its New starting worlds today, allowing players to jump in and start from scratch with a reset economy and all the unique quirks that aspect offers. Old School RuneScape players won’t have to wait too long either, as Fresh Start Worlds for that title is also due out on October 19.
The reasons to grind a new character again? These Fresh Start worlds come with unique cosmetic rewards, including capes, halos, and other fancy gear. Intended to last for a limited time, characters and loot obtained on these Fresh Start worlds will then transfer to a base world with all of their belongings. Excellent news for those who devote time to it, but also a source of concern. We will come back to this later.
To access these Fresh Start worlds, players will need to create a brand new account and purchase a new membership as per the official support site. This is not a burden for new players, who will be able to use these new servers as an opportunity to enter at the same level as others, but for existing RuneScape fans it will mean cashing in a second subscription alongside their account. pre-existing.
Once you’re there, accelerated XP and gameplay boosts are available to push you towards the content you want to prioritize. You’ll also want to come up with a game plan, as a brand new high score table is here alongside Fresh Start Worlds so the most dedicated players can earn exclusive accolades.
But let’s take a moment and think about the wider implications for RuneScape as a result of these servers. I like cool servers. This recently brought me back to Classic WoW, and I think it gives players an opportunity to go back or take their first dip in a long-running live-service title they think they missed the mark on. However, some of RuneScape’s intricacies have me scratching my head.
First, it’s worth noting that the totally new economy and Grand Exchange can be a blessing and a curse, thanks in large part to the eventual migration of characters to the main worlds. On new servers, prices are usually high simply due to economic supply and demand. If you’re one of the few players on the server who can acquire shiny endgame gear, you can sell it for an inflated price.
It’s entirely possible that money-minded gamers will use the new servers to rush to some key pieces of content, mine high-end hardware, sell it for high prices, and then sit on that newfound wealth. until they are transported to the main servers. Either that or they could come with an inventory full of valuables, blowing up the supply and dropping the usual price.
Plus, it’s hard not to feel sorrow for those pre-existing players who want to get started but will need to sign up for a new subscription. Of course, new content costs money, and there’s nothing wrong with charging for new servers. However, three whole months of real money for a world doomed to be folded into the main? Something about this rubs me the wrong way, personally.
This also raises the question of who the new servers are for. In my mind, and according to the Cool World FAQ, new servers, and the new economies they create are a boon for green, who wants to test the game before markets and players have settled in, and experience a bustling world. However, high score tables, transferable exclusive cosmetics (many of which are likely tradable), all play into what an already invested player would want. There seems to be plenty to entice older players to jump into, which is of course good for Jagex, but potentially hard on their wallets and the in-game wallets of much of the community.
So it seems like a fun idea, but with some finer, head-scratching dots tucked inside. The full impact this will have on the wider RuneScape experience and economy is something the community will have to wait and watch. Either way, now’s probably a great time to get into RuneScape if you haven’t already, and if you’ve got some cash to spare, this could be a great way to make some candy if you’ve already immersed yourself in the MMO.
But what do you think? Are these concerns a little too dramatic? Or are you really worried about the consequences of Fresh Server character transfers? Let us know below!