Runescape developer Jagex said they want to incorporate a more “BioWare” style of storytelling in future updates to the game.
In an interview with VG247Product Director Matt Casey and Senior Game Designer Tim Fletcher discussed the recently concluded Elder God Wars saga and revealed that one of the team’s aspirations for the long-running MMO-RPG is to “put RuneScape up there with the big fantastic IPs” in terms of the storytelling.
In particular, Fletcher expressed interest in removing a page from Dragon Age and Mass Effect developer BioWare’s book, saying, “We want to get more involved in human politics and we’ve been looking at sort of a Bioware style of a storytelling where companions and characters play a greater role.”
In the same interview, Fletcher also explained that the Runescape team at Jagex “changed a lot the way we deliver the story last year”, he goes on to explain that previously RuneScape was divided into different areas, ” We would release a boss, then a quest would come out that had nothing to do with that boss, then 2 years later another quest would follow that quest, it was scattered.
Fletcher continues, “Last year we focused on delivering a much more paced narrative that ran through most of the content we released.”
In other Runescape news, earlier this year it was revealed that Jagex’s MMO will be getting a board game and a tabletop RPG This year. The board game is being developed by Steamforged Games (which previously adapted the Horizon Zero Dawn Board Game) and will be coming to Kickstarter later this year. As for the tabletop RPG, it will go straight to retail and be compatible with the current edition of D&D. So Runescape fans should keep an eye out for these two.
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