Numerous changes and updates coming to OSRS. Old School RuneScape has been around for a long time and is still receiving updates. The updates may be coming on the slower side now, but the game is getting updates nonetheless. The developers do a monthly news update to let players know what they are working on, what changes might happen in the future and what has happened in the past month.
The February 2022 edition of the Gielinor Gazette was an interesting one. One of the biggest things that they might implement is quested backporting. I will dive into that a bit later. Other events also happened in the month of February. An example is the Android Open Beta and the Land of the Goblins quest. That is just a very quick rundown of what is coming and what has happened. I will be summarizing everything that was spoken about in the latest Gielinor Gazette.
Alright, no more waiting, let’s jump into it.
New Client Features and Android Open Beta
After a lengthy period of waiting, Old School RuneScape fans may now play the game on their Android devices. The open beta for OSRS Android was launched on February 28, and everyone is welcome to participate. So far, players seem to like the mobile version of the game. If you want to find out how to get into the Android Open Beta, check out our article that includes all the steps.
The developers are still working on an iOS Beta and say it should be coming soon. They are also working on new client features, but they were short on details.
Land of the Goblins
The first quest port, Land of the Goblins, was released in February. The Dorgeshuun storyline is almost at an end. Completing this quest allowed players to equip Goblin Mail.
Guardians of the Rift
Guardians of the Rift is a new member-only 3 phase minigame. The main goal of the game is to charge your Great Guardian to 100% and close the rift while protecting it from the abyssal creatures that come through the rift.
This minigame could be a great way to earn XP, as well as OSRS GP. The developers have been evaluating player feedback and things could change before release. However, this may well be another addition to OSRS power leveling.
Players will need to meet the following requirements.
- Level 27 Runecraft.
- Completion of the Temple of the Eye quest.
This minigame is set to release on March 23 if no complications happen.
Beneath Cursed Sands
Beneath Cursed Sands is the next quest in the Desert storyline. The quest has an estimated April due date, but no exact date is specified. It will also bring a new area to explore.
New Player Experience
The developers are working on several features to help returning players get reacquainted with the game again. These features include:
- Returning Player Recap: This will be a phenomenal feature if implemented correctly. We all have picked up a game we haven’t played in a while and wondered where we left off, what we had completed, and learned what gear or item we were hunting for. The developers hope that the player recap feature will be able to eliminate some of these problems. Player Recap will provide returning players with some context about what they were doing before they stopped playing. Players are more likely to stick around again if they know exactly where they left off.
- Goal Setting and Discovery: Part of Old School RuneScape’s charm is the mystery and sense of discovery. However, the developers feel that a lot of the game doesn’t provide enough context on items and quests. So they want to help players understand what is supposed to happen next, without directly telling them what to do next. This still gives players the feeling of setting their own goals and having a sense of discovery.
Not much info was given on what skills will be receiving an update. However, they did mention Runecrafting and Guardians of the Rift being part of it. Sort of. So, many skills that are considered tougher to level up will most likely see some gameplay changes in the future. Interface updates are also coming. This will help with how it looks on different screen sizes.
What is quest porting? Quest porting is all about bringing back old quests from 2007 RuneScape into Old School RuneScape. While this means that some players may have already experienced this story, it also adds more content. Before I continue any further it is best to know that the developers have said that this is still in the early stages. They are just giving examples of what could be possible if they go along with it.
The February edition of the Gielinor Gazette for Old School RuneScape detailed some great upcoming changes and added content. Quest Porting would be a fantastic feature if it ends up being implemented. A new minigame that may help players earn more XP and OSRS gold new areas and quests were also announced, allowing players to explore more of the land. Along with a lot of other small updates, there is plenty to look forward to in the coming months.
Are you looking forward to these updates coming to OSRS? Let us know in the comments.