The RuneScape Team has announced that it is time to say Farewell to RuneScape Classic. To be clear, RuneScape and Old School RuneScape will still be playable.
RuneScape Classic was the first version of RuneScape, released in 2001.
For many years, we’ve left all of the content from the original game available to play. Whilst it’s seemingly been happily plodding along since then, it is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to say goodbye to RuneScape Classic, which we will be winding down over the next 3 months.
In the news post on the RuneScape website, the RuneScape Team points out that RuneScape Classic has some technology issues. The advancements in technology tools that support both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape are no longer compatible with RuneScape Classic.
This causes a problem in community safety and macro detection tools. RuneScape Classic is now “easily abused with the use of 3rd party macro tools, and botting has become an increasing issue.”
In addition, the RuneScape team points out that they feel they can no longer offer long term service reliability in RuneScape Classic due to the growing risk of unrecoverable game breaking bugs. These are bugs that they won’t fix – most of them they cannot fix due to the unsupported nature of the game.
The RuneScape Classic servers will be taken offline on August 6, 2018. The RuneScape team wants to give players the opportunity to have their last goodbyes. After that date, it will no longer be possible to log in to RuneScape Classic.