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80-player boss fights begin today in Old School RuneScape in The Nightmare of Ashihama

80-player boss fights begin today in Old School RuneScape

 The Nightmare of Ashihama, a monstrous new group boss adds never-seen-before combat mechanics.

Thursday 6th February 2020, Cambridge, UK – The swamps of Morytania in Old School RuneScape will grow darker with the introduction of a monstrous new group boss – the Nightmare of Ashihama. Launching today, this group boss brings never-seen-before combat mechanics to the game and encourages players to work together in order to put an end to the Nightmare.

The Nightmare of Ashihama launch trailer is now playing here

Found in the catacombs of the Sisterhood Sanctuary in Morytania, the Nightmare of Ashihama is the first group boss unique to Old School RuneScape that has a co-op focus. It can be attacked in groups of up to 80 players, with the difficulty scaling as the group gets bigger, though only the very best will be able to fight the Nightmare alone. Every player who takes part in the fight will get their own reward, so that no-one needs to scramble to claim the best loot.

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Rob Hendry, Executive Producer of Old School RuneScape, said:

“The Nightmare of Ashihama is Old School RuneScape’s first true group boss that enables up to 80 players to band together to deliver the ultimate takedown. Through the introduction of all-new combat mechanics, the Nightmare brings something completely different to our other Player vs Monster (PvM) content.

“As with all new content introductions in Old School, nothing gets released unless we have the backing of the community. Late last year we put the Nightmare to a player poll, and it passed with flying colours attracting more than 45,000 votes with 90% approving its addition. Empowering our community to have a say in the game’s content, through polls such as this, is hugely important to us as a development team and we can’t wait for players to team up and tackle the Nightmare today.”

Making Morytania the place to be for PvM gameplay, the Nightmare of Ashihama joins other challenges in Morytania including the high-level Theatre of Blood raid, and the crypt-raiding combat encounter, Barrows.

The arrival of the Nightmare of Ashihama comes just ahead of Old School RuneScape’s seventh anniversary and follows a year of significant milestones for the living game. In 2019, Old School achieved its highest-ever daily active player numbers, saw more than 8 million installs on mobile and won both the BAFTA for ‘EE Mobile Game of the Year’ and the Develop Star award for ‘Best Mobile Game’.

If you’re brave enough to take on the Nightmare, login to Old School RuneScape today at:   https://www.runescape.com/oldschool

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About Jagex

A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers. Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds. Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped. Jagex employs more than 360 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction. For more information visit, www.jagex.com.

About Old School RuneScape

Launched on desktop in 2013, and now also on mobile devices, Old School RuneScape is the industry-leading collaboration between players and developers. Embracing its nostalgic heritage, hundreds of thousands of active players control the direction of the game with an in-game polling system. Featuring adventures for solo play through to 100-player strong raids, Old School RuneScape caters for every brave adventurer. Play now at http://oldschool.runescape.com.

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