May 8th, 2013


Jagex has been working on an HTML-5 successor to the original online game RuneScape, dubbed RuneScape 3. As many of you know, the Miiverse app on Wii U is mostly HTML5, too. This is how Nintendo was able to produce a mobile page for the community so quickly. Naturally this makes RuneScape 3 a possibility for the Wii U, but Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard has told IGN that bringing the game to consoles would be very simple, aside from console manufacturer bickering.

“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.”

What he means by this is that if RuneScape 3 were to be released on the next Xbox, PlayStation 4, and the Wii U, players of those games would be limited to people playing on those consoles instead of playing all together under the umbrella of the same game. It’s a limitation that’s long since plagued the console landscape, as cross-compatibility with a competitor’s console is not something any manufacturer will be doing soon. Still, if RuneScape 3 is to come to consoles, it seems like the Wii U would be a natural fit.

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  • Mr. Hobo

    All of those menus would work nicely with the Gamepad.

    • Right? I feel like the Wii U is the first console that a traditional PC MMO would work well on.

      • AAAkabob

        I want a real time strategy like Age of Empires to come to the Wii U so bad.

        • Adrian

          hah yeah that’d actually be pretty awesome.

        • Levi Johansen

          That’s the first game I thought about when Wii U was announced, AoE2 is my all time favourite war game

      • Elem187

        Yeah, too bad Nintendo won’t bother trying to convince Blizzard to bring World of Warcraft over to the Wii U…, the gamepad would be perfect for it

      • Final Fantasy XI worked perfectly fine on consoles. It was even better to use a controller for it.

  • Adrian

    Oh gosh. I hope this game does not come to Wii U. This game represents a dark part of my past. thousands of hours wasted towards meaningless goals. Repetetive


    • Elissa Kim

      I know how you feel 🙁

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    • sup3rnoah

      i spent A LOT of hours on runescape as well, you could say wasted time, but it was fun. if it came to Wii U, i would definitely pick it up.

    • AJ Chioino

      lol. fishing… and more fishing…. and more fishing… tired of fishing? mining…. and more mining…. and more mining……. time to collect? SELLING 20 Lobbys 50k!!!!!!!! 50k!!!!!!!!!!! SELLING 20 F**KING LOBBYS FOR 50 F**KING K!!!!!! BUY MY SHIT!! still, i had fun running into the wilderness naked though, i was an adventurous player. was always curious about whats deep in the wilderness. i had fun with that game for quite a while before dropping it for FFXI, then i dropped that for WoW. now its LoL. im might go back to WoW though

      • Adrian

        Haha, yeah I remember when I could finally fish swordfish, or sharks, or whatever you can do at level 80. I was so happy. And when I could finally Mine runite! Runite mining at wild level 40 or something was pretty annoying. It was easier in the adventurers guild dungeon with the blue dragons :-p.

  • AAAkabob

    Oh god the Wii U would make so much sense…but I already gave that game over 7 years of my childhood lol. Also it died in 2007.

    • Adrian

      I stopped playing after I got a dragon full helmet as a drop from a mithril or black dragon or something. I sold it for 50 million…but then stopped playing haha.

    • AJ Chioino

      i was working on full dragon when i quit. had the white trim rune kit though, know its just for aesthetics lol. had a dragon skimmy and longsword.

  • Would love this i’m a RS fan :]

  • Morits Lian

    Let’s all hope for this. Runescape has a huge install base, so it would be good for the console market.

  • Jon

    as long as it is not nearly as laggy as the beta 😛

    also, from 08 and on…it really went down hill to the point where jagex just went for money…..

  • Petri

    It would be good for Sony and Nintendo to work on cross platform gaming with multiplats.
    Would be a blow to MS, if they decide to continue their closed network strategy.

  • CyanideInsanity

    Eh, it’d be a shallow experience unless they were to overhaul the interface. Apart from the wii u, it probably can’t work properly on consoles.

    You can either play point-and-click, or use key shortcuts. You’ve got up to 12 slots on the action bar, and several tabs/windows you’d likely be wanting to keep track of. The whole experience seems pretty bad for a standard gamepad.

    This could be neglected by using mouse+keyboard but I don’t know if it would be supported. Of course I’d love to see RS expand, but unless KB+M or decent sized touch screens are accessible, it would be a pretty poor experience.

    Having the entire UI on the wii u gamepad would definitely work though. I have no idea what M$ is doing with their controller, and the ps4 controller is out.

  • Eli Braden

    I want Command and Conquer!

    • Archiq09

      but Command and Conquer is EA now 🙁

    • Petri

      You played C&C 4 or Red Alert 3?
      EA has managed to s**t all over those, once great franchises.

  • Archiq09

    RuneScape on WiiU? with gamepad is as with a mouse.

  • Mookymuke

    Just jizzed in my pants I’d become pure ranger in a day I’d bum this game so baaaad!
    Nerdgazem over peeps sorry!

  • Jay

    I guess if they limit about 4/5 worlds per console then it makes it fair when doing duels as people will have similar controls.

  • Anthony K Aurelia

    I haven’t played Runescape since the original…is the newer one any good?

  • Ernie Sanguyo

    this would be awesome .. i love mmo’s and now if this comes to wii u i wouldn’t be using my pc for a while lol.

  • DemonRoach

    Maplestory please.

    • Morits Lian

      And Flyff, for the love of god yes

  • Linskarmo

    I’ve never played RuneScape, but I’d be glad to try it out on Wii U.

  • bizzy gie

    This is the same idea I had. If consoles could just set aside their differences and have one unified online system, then online-oriented games could benefit indefinitely.

  • Levi Johansen

    About time we get some cross platform games!

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  • Graham Gillman

    I wonder why it’s gonna be called Runescape 3. The Update from RS Classic to Current RS was just an update. I really want this game though.

  • AJ Chioino

    imagine the big 3’s fanboys/girls going at it in runescape? what better way to let off some steam than for some wii u owners to PK sonyboys and vice versa? sounds like itd be a smash hit if it was enabled lol.

  • Nintendude

    I remember when I used to play Runescape. Good times.