It’s murder most Gielinor, as RuneScape launches time-travelling murder mystery ‘The Needle Skips’

RuneScape has today launched a new murder mystery, The Needle Skips, that sees players twist through time in a bid to uncover the truth behind the dastardly crime. First announced last month at RuneFest 2018, The Needle Skips is the latest in a long tradition of innovative RuneScape murder mystery quests released over the past 17 years.

Beginning at a stone monument, a lone figure lying dead at its base, and a single word apparently scrawled in blood, it follows a family living locally to the needle-shaped monument that – thanks to its original use by the elder gods – is enveloped in a time bubble. As players interact with the monument they are drawn deeper into the mystery and loop through time to find out the answers, uncovering clue words and through their investigation, they will unlock glimpses of the past in a bid to find the truth and save those trapped in the bubble.

The release of The Needle Skips also marks the 400th quest point available to players of the game. The points, which are unlocked as adventurers complete the various 221 quests in RuneScape, unlock rewards and allow access to further quests.

Jamie Brooks, Producer, RuneScape, said:

“We’ve enjoyed working on murder mysteries in the past, especially One Piercing Note, and The Needle Skips provides a fresh and innovative take for RuneScape players to put their investigative minds to the test. The use of audio and voiceover dialogue as a gameplay mechanic in the quest really sets it apart from our previous murder mysteries. What started as an internal game jam project has developed into an engaging story that we hope our community will lap up as they unpeel the story.”

The release of RuneScape’s latest adventure comes as Jagex launches this year’s Premier Club, the best value opportunity for RuneScape players to secure up to 12 months of discounted membership to both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, as well as rewards such as an exclusive Valkyrie outfit, and an artefact that offers additional benefits.

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