The main game of Runescape was referred to as RuneScape 2 (RS2) while in development - RuneScape Classic was seen as RuneScape during this period. Over time the entire game engine was rewritten, and a beta was opened to members on as RuneScape 2.
RuneScape 2 was released to the general public on . Following the release of RuneScape 2, the original RuneScape was renamed RuneScape Classic or RSC which can still be played by existing RSC members and qualifying RS2 members and can be found here.
Game Engine Rebuild & Full Software 3D Graphics Engine
Jagex originally planned to update only the graphics engine to allow for 3-D. However they later decided to rebuild the game engine. This resulted in a number of features being possible such as special attacks, multi-player combat and noted items.
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|We just wanted to let you know how things are going with the big 3-D update.
Andrew had originally planned to just update the graphics. This is no small task, as it involves remodelling every single image, and creating a new system to run it on. But the big man is not someone who does things in half-measures...
For this reason, he is taking this opportunity to actually rewrite the underlying game engine. This way, Jagex can introduce new features that we've been itching to bring to Runescape for ages. Some of these things were suggestions from players, that just weren't possible under the current game engine.
Things like bank-to-bank trading, multi-player combat (e.g. multiple people against one dragon), and rare weapons with special moves. Excited? You should be!
Last December we decided that if we're going to spend this much time and effort doing 3-D graphics, we might as well have a game engine that can do justice to it. This does of course mean that you have to hold out a bit longer than we originally suggested, but we believe that it will be WELL worth the wait.
Runescape will of course be the same game that you know and love- just with more features and things to do. Watch this space for some sneak previews!