Old School Runescape, also called 2007scape, is the official term for RuneScape’s earlier version that was launched from a backup of the game’s source code. This game version was announced on February 13, 2013 and it was followed by a poll to determine the interest of the community in the game. The poll ended on March 1, 2013 and decided whether an extra membership fee would be required to access the game. More than fifty Old School RuneScape servers were opened on February 20, 2013 to give players early access to the game.
A month of free membership credit was also given to those who participated in the poll. Old School Runescape quickly saw the number of players equaling to those of the game’s main version. This version works in the same way as RuneScape Classic since it can be played using the same account that plays the game’s main version. The quests, stats and items, however, are non-transferable and separate. Players start playing the game on Tutorial Island using a blank character. There are different levels in Old School Runescape.
Players were allowed to vote for the game on a poll, promising various features for each note mark level achieved. A free Old School RuneScape game time for one month is given to voters. The count vote did not reach 500,000, but Jagex chose not to charge the extra fee of $5 for the first 6 months. On June 7, 2013, Jagex announced that Old School RuneScape will always be available and that there won’t be extra fees.
This level required 50,000 votes and includes critical maintenance and $15 extra membership fee. It has no bug fixes or game updates.
Level 2 required 250,000 votes. It includes access to a small development team and $5 extra membership fee. Anti-bot technology may also be included over time, if necessary. This level only has critical bug fixes. It doesn’t have major updates.
Level 3 required 500,000 votes. It includes regular maintenance, some content updates and free membership fee. Anti-bot technology can be added if needed.
This level required 750,000 votes and includes content updates, free membership fee and continuous maintenance. Modern anti-bot technology can also be added if needed.