Runescape Players Slam Money-Hungry Fresh Start Update That Looks Old School With Envy

Runescape players are nearly unanimous that the next Fresh Start Worlds update is a bit too cash-intensive, and they’re all eyeing the Old School Runescape update release with envy.

In case you missed the initial announcement, the entire Fresh Start Worlds initiative is meant to attract new players and “stale” players by giving them a level playing field. Starting September 12, Runescape players will have access to the Fresh Start Worlds servers which will offer improved XP and drop rates, rare and unique rewards – and the usual suite of microtransactions offering demonstrable power benefits. Existing Runescape subscribers will also need to fork out an additional subscription to access most of these perks, some of which can be redeemed for the main game.

Sounds a lot like paid shenanigans for many in the community (opens in a new tab). While this seems like a pretty decent deal for new players looking to level up efficiently, it’s basically a separate, paid mode for existing players who might be incentivized with exclusive items. Redditor Aviarn wrote a list of their biggest sticking points (opens in a new tab) with the update, and needless to say, a lot of people aren’t happy with Fresh Start Worlds as it’s currently billed.

As for Old School Runescape, Fresh Start Worlds is not exactly a success (opens in a new tab) with players, but there are some notable differences from the main Runescape release. You’ll still need a new account with its own subscription to access everything in the game, but OSRS has a free version, and its Fresh Start Worlds don’t offer any XP or drop rate boosts, or bonuses. exclusive elements like the modern version of Runescape. The OSRS has also continued to dodge the microtransactions that clutter the Runescape mainline. Essentially, it’s the exact same game but with a new economy and high scores, and it’s only accessible to new accounts.

For many, the Old School Runescape craving is real:

fresh_start_words_rs3_vs_osrs of r/2007scape

An editor in chief went so far as to claim that Runescape studio Jagex “doesn’t care about existing players”, (opens in a new tab) inciting a passionate response from lead game designer Mod Jack (opens in a new tab), who argued that their remarks were taken out of context. The developer also pleaded for a more civil discussion around game updates, explaining that particularly “mean” reactions discourage developers from engaging with the online community.

“Worst of all, I’m on vacation today,” reads the developer’s response. “I could have just turned off social media and completely ignored everything. As I said above, I do care about the game and its players, and I can’t shut myself down that way. When something is wrong, I want to know what’s going on.”

“It would have been much wiser for me to stay off social media and say nothing. Now Most likely it won’t happen because it’s like a red flag for a bull with me, but most of my colleagues are wiser than me. Whenever there’s some kind of controversy on Reddit, there’s a lot of posts asking “why the [Jagex mods] respond to this stuff?’ and that’s why.”

Jagex has yet to officially comment on the reaction to Fresh Start Worlds, but hopefully a solution will be found that works for both the community and developers.

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