The debut of the new 'Old School RuneScape' mobile devices app last week saw Jagex’s storied MMO simultaneously claim the number one position on the iOS App Store across eight different countries in its first 24 hours.
That was in addition to ranking #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, and key Nordic countries.
Remarkably for a game over 10 years old, more than one million new players installed Old School RuneScape joining the existing one million-plus members already playing on Android, thanks to the Members’ Beta access programme.
The influx of players during launch week also saw Old School RuneScape hit its highest ever daily average user figure in its five-year history.
Since launch, Old School RuneScape has received a rapturous reception from players and critics alike, with 93% of all App Store reviews awarding the game five stars, providing an App Store average rating of 4.9 out of five in the US.
Critics have similarly praised the game, with Touch Arcade calling the game “absolutely phenomenal” and Pocket Gamer heralded it as “a brilliant MMO that’s just as good in your pocket as your PC”.
“After five years of successive growth since its PC launch in 2013, the arrival of Old School RuneScape on mobile is a hugely important milestone for Jagex in taking the RuneScape franchise multiformat," explained Phil Mansell, CEO of Jagex.
"Making our living games available to more players on more devices was a priority for us as we set out the third age of Jagex as, over the years, our players have grown up and some, who were PC players, now have alternative format preferences that fit their changed lifestyles.
“Now we have delivered Old School RuneScape in its entirety on mobile and offering the game as a second screen experience.
"By providing gamers with a new way to access Old School RuneScape, we have welcomed millions of new and returning players into this amazing game.
"The arrival of Old School RuneScape on mobile, and our ongoing work to bring RuneScape to mobile, is testament to our investment in the continued growth for both titles and building our vision for living games.”
The team at Jagex has suggested that Old School RuneScape is the first mobile mainstream PC game to transfer its monthly membership offering to mobile, joining other successful subscription-based mobile entertainment apps such as Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube Premium on mobile stores.
“We believe there is a huge opportunity to bring a new business model to mobile with subscription-based gaming," Mansell added.
"By capitalising on the popularity of the RuneScape franchise, and our players’ familiarity with monthly membership, we can be a standard-bearer for the adoption of subscription-based gaming in the mobile space and our RuneScape titles can lead that charge.”
Old School RuneScape is out now on iOS and Android.