Epic new quest Desperate Measures today reveals a new chapter in RuneScape’s Elder Gods storyline

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Monday 27th July 2020, Cambridge, UK – A new chapter in RuneScape’s six-year-long Elder Gods storyline launches today with the introduction of the epic new quest Desperate Measures, a sequel to last year’s Desperate Times. Jagex, creators and custodians of the iconic living game, revealed the much-anticipated quest in a launch trailer video here.

Desperate Measures is a lore-impacting adventure that delivers intriguing new mysteries and, of course, plenty of new rewards. The quest also teases the highly anticipated Elder God Wars Dungeon, which will see the titans that created this world rise once more.

Available to all RuneScape members, Desperate Measures continues the exploration of Anachronia, a long-forgotten primordial landmass with ferocious inhabitants. Players will team up with RuneScape’s best known heroes to track troubled dragonkin Kerapac and the powerful Needle artefact, utilising their Archaeology and Combat skills to uncover secrets along the way.

Adventurers looking to follow the storyline over future updates require just two skills, Archaeology and Agility, to be level 50 or above (with suggested Combat stats of 75) along with the completion of the prequel quest Desperate Times.

Those that succeed will secure a selection of rewards, including Thok’s Stick (a cosmetic weapon override), XP Lamps, and a Cosmic Focus which makes it easier for players to efficiently uncover artefacts. There’s also a brand new collector to find who can help upgrade the Cosmic Focus even further.

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Ryan Ward, Executive Producer, RuneScape:

“Today’s launch sees the next evolution of Anachronia and will challenge players to use the recently introduced and powerful Archaeology skill. Desperate Measures appeals to a wide variety of RuneScape players, whether that’s the skillers who are looking to level up, or the questers who love delving deep into the lore and seeing the story threads unravel.”

“This is the first major RuneScape content update that we’ve created and released while the entire team have been working-from-home during the pandemic and I am so proud of the ways they have adapted to this different way of working. We’re all excited to see RuneScape members uncover the secrets of the Dragonkin to gain the power and knowledge they’ll need for the upcoming Elder God Wars Dungeon!”

RuneScape members can explore Desperate Measures in game now – www.runescape.com

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Notes to Editors:


  • RuneScape Membership
  • Completion of Desperate Times
  • Level 75 Combat (recommended)
  • Level 50 Archaeology
  • Level 50 Agility

About RuneScape

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.

About Jagex

A leader in creating deep and engaging live games on PC and mobile, Jagex’s flagship MMORPG, RuneScape, has welcomed over 280 million player accounts to its world and is a $1bn lifetime revenue franchise. 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. Now we’re expanding and extending our portfolio with fresh franchise titles and new IP to bring life to the living games of the future. Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters. Career information can be found at www.jagex.com

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