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Old School RuneScape finally adds in-game clans today

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You'd think guilds were a given for any MMO, let alone one that's been kicking around as long as Old School Runescape. But while the community has been clustering in informal groups for years, today finally sees the throwback MMO gain a proper clan system.

Announced all the way back in 2019, the Clan update arrives today with a new Clan Hub in the game's Grand Exchange. From here, you'll be able to browse existing clans or create your own, managing recruitment and setting up ranks as you'd expect. Clans will also get their own Halls to hang out in, an instanced chamber than can be opened up to selected guests.

Of course, the Runescape community has been gathering in clans for years on forums and discord servers. It's just wild that it's taken so long for the game to finally implement what's considered a fairly standard feature for MMOs. That said, the lack of formal clans hasn't stopped the 2007 nostalgia trip for being wildly popular—just last year, the game hit an all-time record of 157,445 concurrent players, and that was before the game made its long-overdue move to Steam.

"Playing Old School RuneScape is like restoring an old car," Austin Wood said in our review. "It's not always fun, it's often hard work, and most people don't know why the hell you would even bother. But it's damn satisfying to step back and see how your efforts have paid off"

Natalie Clayton

A one-time dog sledder, pancake flipper, alien wrangler and indie darling, Nat now scours the internet looking for the hottest PC gaming news. Destined to become Scotland's first Battlemech pilot.