Runescape dev: cross-platform play blocked by consoles

Free-to-play MMO developer Jagex reports that cross-platform play for Runescape is possible, but prohibited by the major console manufacturers.


UK developer Jagex has revealed that it planned to bring its long-running free-to-play MMO, Runescape, to all gaming devices. However, the major console manufacturers aren't ready to let their communities play together, and Jagex isn't interested in releasing a versions of the game that will lead to isolated sub-communities.

"We're not going to frame our community into boxes just for a few million more customers," Jagex's Mark Gerhard said.

Runescape's free-to-play model was the first initial hurdle for console manufacturers, but according to Gerhard in a recent interview with Develop, in the end "all three said, 'okay, but, we won’t let our console play online with any other.'"

For Jagex, cross-platform play in Runescape appears to be a non-negotiable. When Microsoft and Sony made it clear that neither wanted to allow their communities to intermingle, Jagex decided that fracturing the game's community was a deal-breaker. "Of course I'd love a few million more customers, but I just wouldn't do it," Gerhard noted. "Not at the expense of fracturing it, because you almost become the disease you're trying to solve."

While Runescape may be on hold for consoles at the moment, Gerhard predicts that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will eventually relax their positions regarding cross-console play, pointing to the uncertain future of the boxed-retail market in the face of a growing digital distribution landscape. "It's just a matter of time," he posited.

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    August 26, 2011 3:15 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Runescape dev: cross-platform play blocked by consoles.

    Free-to-play MMO developer Jagex reports that cross-platform play for Runescape is possible, but prohibited by the major console manufacturers.

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      August 26, 2011 3:19 PM


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      August 27, 2011 4:40 AM

      It would be great if they did but if that happened then people could accurately compare how each platform compares with other platforms. "what if" customers discover one system is inferior to the other *gasp*

      I used to play FFXI a very long time ago when it was on PC and my wife was on PS2, it was great especially since they mixed the US and JP servers together.

      A game that connected all platforms AND people from all different regions could play together, that would just be awesome.

      Concerning this article specifically, no I wouldn't buy it or even play it if it was free just due to the limitations stated above.

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        August 27, 2011 4:47 AM

        I think after 5 years nobody gives a fuck, everyone knows consoles are old hunks of shit. Even Carmack said PCs were an order of magnitude faster.

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          August 27, 2011 6:22 AM

          What about the negatives he said about PCs and the positives about programming for a consoles. I guess you forgot that part. He's not that partial.

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            August 27, 2011 9:45 AM

            pretty much.

            Yakz is pretty much "LA LA LA LA CANT HEAR YOU PC FOR3VAR!"

            not much different than political parties.

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      August 27, 2011 9:52 AM

      Kind of non-news is it? Its like saying a train can't drive on a road.

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