Long time F2P browser-based MMORPG developers Jagex are looking to bring RuneScape 3 to tablets by the end of the year. Not only that, but in an interview with IGN, Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said that they have their eyes on bringing the series to Smart TV and consoles as well. “We’re working really, really hard to do tablets by Q4 this year. I see (smartphones) as a window into the game, so I think even mobile is right for RuneScape, but it’s probably as a subset or augmentation of the game rather than the core game experience.”
Gerhard went on about bringing RuneScape 3 to tablets, “Tablet is more akin to your laptop so the game is more naturally transposed to that. I’m also very excited about Smart TVs; I don’t think we’re that far away from being able to do something very interesting there.”
While he touched on the idea of bringing RuneScape to consoles, he did mention that Jagex really wanted to have PlayStation and Microsoft owners play together. “Consoles are easy. If you can just get the console manufacturers to play nice with each other and stop fragmenting the community then we could do something there too.”
Jagex’s Chief Marketing Officers David Solari was equally excited about RuneScape 3 taking on tablets. “I think it stretches the imagination of what’s possible on tablet right now,” he told IGN. He also said that Jagex is “…used to taking on these crazy challenges and pushing things to the limit—HTML5 is a great example of that. A lot of people aren’t ready to go where we’ve gone already, so we think we can do it.”
In March it had been announced by several outlets that Jagex would be ditching Java—which they used for the longest time—to use HTML5 which will allow for better graphics, better security, and better functionally on devices such as smartphones and tablets. Above the move to HTML5, a developer with Jagex mentioned in an interview with CNET that “The specs for HTML5 are a bit higher than Java, so if you are on a lower-spec machine, you may get a little better performance out of Java, but anyone with high or mid-spec machines will get better performance out of HTML5.”
RuneScape is a fantasy MMORPG that can be played in your web browser for free. It has been in around since 2001. While the Java version—which will continue to run alongside the HTML5 version—can be played on any browser, if you use the HTML5 version it’s suggested you use Firefox or Chrome since they utilize WebGL.