Wednesday 26th February 2020, Cambridge, UK – Jagex, creators and custodians of the iconic living game RuneScape, has announced that Archaeology, a new skill for RuneScape and one of the most powerful ever, will arrive in-game on March 30th. Skills are a key feature in RuneScape, enabling players to train and level up various abilities to shape their character, and the introduction of Archaeology will begin a major expansion with both a deeply integrated new skill and five massive new locations to explore.
RuneScape’s 28th skill has players journeying into and excavating five vast dig sites in search of artefacts and relics. Archaeology will also dive deep into the game’s lore and sets up a new and epic storyline that’s connected to the world’s original creators, the Elder Gods.
The new Archaeology skill has a 120 level cap and is available to both RuneScape members and free players as soon as it launches. Players will excavate and restore artefacts using their gathering talents. Furthermore, discovery of ancient relics will unlock powerful perks such as adrenaline boosts, infinite run energy and much more.
Players will also discover ancient training methods for other skills. Ancient Summoning will enable them to bind the demonic slayer creatures of the world, while Ancient Invention uncovers forgotten ancient technology and blueprints that enable players to create brand new devices and perks by dissembling the artefacts found.
Who will win the race to 120 first? And more to the point, who will be the first to grab the all new skilling pet, Archie the child mummy? RuneScape’s first big update of 2020 also lays the foundation for a dramatic year ahead.
Dave Osborne, Lead Designer, RuneScape.:
“Archaeology is so much more than a skill – every dig site will tell a story, which will bring multiple new areas and significant new ways to play RuneScape when it drops in-game on March 30th. As players empower relics, uncover artefacts and improve their Archaeology abilities, secrets of a future story arc will unfold. We can’t wait to begin revealing more of the mystery surrounding Archaeology over the months to come.”
The Archaeology update is open to all with the free-to-play cap set at level 20, allowing for around two hours of play. Further information about Archaeology will be released throughout March towards launch.
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Notes to Editors:
More than 19 years in the making and acclaimed by PC Gamer as “one of the most endearing and unique MMOs available”, RuneScape is an ever-expanding, living game that’s bursting with activity and life.
Set in a medieval fantasy land, begin by creating a character and then embark on epic journeys through a vast sandbox world that’s full of gods, warring races, unexplored dungeons, and glittering riches.
Propelled by the game’s narrative, choose your own path through enthralling quests, and progress through 27 diverse skills to shape a single character in a classless world.
RuneScape Mobile Early Access is now available for RuneScape members on Android, featuring cross-platform play between mobile and desktop editions, enabling players to seamlessly jump between devices and take their adventure anywhere.
In RuneScape, you get to be the hero you always wanted to be and, with new content added almost every week, there’s always a new and adventurous experience to look forward to. Become the hero you were born to be at www.runescape.com.
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 270million 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 is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future. 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.
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