Old School RuneScape (OSRS), an MMORPG title that launched almost two decades ago, has closed a community poll which has been voting on the execution of"Partnerships." In essence, Partnerships revolve around the concept that some new things and attributes would first become accessible to"Partners" of Old School RuneScape, prior to being published to RS gold the general population.
This really is nothing new, as last year that the developers of RuneScape"partnered" with Twitch to let Prime members early entry to a new purple skin color. The RuneScape community didn't enjoy the notion back then, and they still don't like it today. A subreddit devoted to OSRS has contested the notion repeatedly over the past week. Many users are asserting that this brings the game one step closer to getting full blown microtransactions. Others view this as"microtransactions via a third party," since players that have paid to become partners with another firm are rewarded with exclusive items.
Happily Jagex, the developers of OSRS, have said they won't include any new content to the game without first polling the neighborhood. This can be accomplished by an in-game voting booth in which members can cast their virtual ballots. Thanks to this particular voting system, most of the community is happy with any adjustments made to the game that is nostalgic. The poll was set to close on Monday the 8th, however early polling results were so negative Jagex made a decision to close the booths early. A formal statement from the company indicates that not only were the polls extremely one-sided, but the general hatred around the topic forced them to leave the idea. They state that they had been in no way trying to add microtransactions to the game and are disappointed that the community thought they would do such a thing.
Obviously, they did precisely that with Runescape 3, a move which many assert stunted the development of the name. OSRS is a Free to Perform title, but it supplies a monthly subscription that adds hundreds of hours of additional content. The simple fact that any type of monetization was discussed when the name already contains a monthly subscription was likely the cause of such a backlash from the community.
Update: Jagex has issued a statement saying that no credit card or banking data was lost as a consequence of the breach. "Further to yesterday's statement, we can affirm that none of cheap OSRS gold our players' bank or card details were jeopardized," it said. "We work with an industry-respected, fully compliant third party payment processor, to purposefully avoid staff using gamers' full bank or card details. This applies when players choose to save their information at payment period for any future purchases. Jagex undergoes regular, third-party testing to make sure we keep the highest security standards."