Runescape chalks up a Guinness World Record for the most MMO users
World of Warcraft, eat your heart out.
Despite clocking in at over 15 years old, the free-to-play MMO Runescape is still doing gangbusters for developer Jagex. The game is so popular, in fact, that Jagex couldn't simply update its original 2D version with fancy 3D graphics: many players were so attached to the 2D look that they didn't want to give it up. Instead, Jagex spun the game out into a Classic and Modern version, both of which the developer keeps updated with new content and bug fixes to this day.
This level of commitment from Jagex has paid off big time, with the studio revealing today that it has been awarded three new Guinness World Records acknowledging Runescape's success. The most impressive of these is the record for the "most users of an MMO videogame", with 254,994,744 registered Runescape users as of 25 July 2017. Take that, World of Warcraft!
Guinness has also awarded Runesape the title of "most prolifically updated MMORPG videogame", thanks to the game receiving a whopping 1,014 updates since its launch in 2001. Finally, Runescape is now the proud holder of the record for the "most original pieces of music in a videogame (including expansions)", boasting 1,198 individual pieces.
Not too shabby for a game that's been around longer than the first iPod, huh?