Runefest 2019 just happened, and the RuneScape community is buzzing with excitement over the news they got about plans that developer Jagex has in 2020 and beyond. The biggest new announcement is the full expansion coming to OSRS with the Morytania release. This includes a new city zone, new skill quests, and of course plenty of questing content. The Morytania expansion will release sometime early in 2020, although a firm release date has not been announced yet.
This new storyline will send players to a strange new land to explore the vampire city of Darkmeyer and uncover its secrets. The region will be loaded with tons of new sidequests, enemies and more challenges to take on. Although the developer is being somewhat tight-lipped, so we’ll just have to explore the dark depths for ourselves. high-level side activities like a new agility race are being added, so that’s one confirmed addition for veteran players. But a new land of riches and combat is not the only thing they have planned in 2019 and beyond.
New Expansions, New Lands and so Much More
The expansion was announced at RuneFest this year. But a new expansion isn’t the only thing that Jagex has planned in the future for OSRS. Along with the major batch of new content, the developer will introduce a Clan system that will allow players to group up for questing, but that’s not all. Clans of up to 500 players can arrange their own events in-game, track their clan-wide progress on various tasks, and compete against other clans to find out how sits on the throne of best player group.
It’s clear that Jagex intends to do more with this in future content, I cannot wait to see what ideas they come up with for things like large-scale PvP.
RuneScape, that is the mainline version, will be getting some updates too. The main game will receive a new skill called Archaeology. The skill will allow you to uncover archaeological digs throughout the world, using them to unlock a new set of gear that mimics powerful ancient weapons and relics. And you’ll need this new gear, and the help of plenty of friends, to take on the Nightmare of Ashihama, a new group boss being added to the game next year.
The developer is also adding new quests like the Sins of the Father series, bringing new story elements into the RPG. This is an extension of the Taste of Hope storyline, detailing the rise and fall of certain in-game factions. A previous questline, Land Out of Time, is being expanded. Ranch Out of Time is the new addition, allowing players to raise dinosaurs now, because that’s awesome. This patch will also raise the level cap for the Farming and Herblore skills from 99 to 120.
In one final tidbit, Jagex also confirmed that RuneScape mobile will be getting its first open testing phase later this year. Runescape mobile will feature cross-platform play, offering any active subscriber to take part in the on-the-go adventure. And yes, the mobile port will have access to the new Darkmeyer area.