Yesterday Jagex announced that Runescape will be shutting down its classic servers on August 6, 2018. The iconic version of the game was first released 17 years ago.
Since the initial release, there have been multiple versions of the game. In 2007 Jagex decided to rewrite the engine and called the game Runescape 2. After that, in 2013 they had yet another revamp with massive graphics upgrade and thus Runescape 3 was born. Jagex has also revealed that they’re planning to release mobile versions of the game for both Android and iOS devices later in 2018.
Part of the reason for closing the classic servers comes from the incompatibility between the new and old engines. Right now Runescape tools are no longer compatible with the Classic game. So instead of juggling too many balls at once, Jagex decided to focus on making Runescape the best game they possibly can.
With advancements in technology helping to further support both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, our tools are no longer compatible with Classic. This is particularly a problem with our community safety and macro detection tools. The game is now easily abused with the use of 3rd party macro tools, and botting has become an increasing issue.
They went on to explain that they haven’t fully supported the classic servers for years. Apparently the bots and lack of community safety was getting critical and they made the difficult decision to stop the service before some critical error broke the game entirely.
Rest in Peace Runescape Classic.