Runescape 3 release date announced: major MMO upgrade due end of July

Jagex have announced the release date of Runescape 3. As with 2004's Runescape 2, it's more of a major iteration to the underlying tech powering the base game, rather than a standalone sequel. This third levelling up of the free-to-play MMORPG is due to occur on July 22nd, bringing new "player-generated content" to the game, alongside an HTML5 engine upgrade.

The game's creators are calling it the biggest update in the game's 12 year history. The HTML5 support allows Jagex to drop the Java requirement, and deliver better graphics, increased draw distance and an upgraded camera to players.

In addition, this version brings the world of Gielinor into its "6th Age", which, supposedly, means the return of the gods of Runescape. That's probable bad news. Gods are notoriously bossy. As are people: Jagex want Runescape 3 to let its players directly shape the world's future, starting with the 'Battle for Lumbridge' community-focused event.

"We received fantastic praise from our passionate RuneScape community when we first revealed the development of RuneScape 3, so we're thrilled to be able to confirm the 22 July launch date for the most significant update in the game's history," said executive producer Phil Mansell. "Our pioneering use of HTML 5 technology continues to place us at the forefront of browser-based gaming innovation, and will result in a truly amazing gaming experience for players."

For more on Runescape 3, you'll be wanting to have a read of our huge preview .

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.