Old School RuneScape (OSRS), an MMORPG name that launched nearly two decades ago, has closed a community poll which has been voting on the implementation of"Partnerships." In essence, Partnerships revolve around the idea that some new things and RS gold features would become accessible to"Partners" of Old School RuneScape, before being released to the general populace.
This really is nothing new, as last year the developers of RuneScape"partnered" with Twitch to allow Prime members early entry to a new purple skin color. The RuneScape community did not enjoy the concept back then, and they still don't enjoy it today. A subreddit devoted to OSRS has slammed the notion repeatedly over the past week. Many users are asserting that this brings the game one step closer to getting full blown microtransactions. Other people view this as"microtransactions by means of a third party," since players that have paid to be partners with another company are rewarded with exclusive products.
Happily Jagex, the developers of OSRS, have stated they won't add any new content into the game without polling the community. This can be accomplished with an in-game voting booth where members can cast their virtual ballots. Thanks to this voting system, the majority of the community is happy with any changes made to the nostalgic game. The survey was set to close on Monday the 8th, however early polling results were so negative Jagex decided to close the stalls early. An official statement from the company indicates that not only were the surveys exceptionally one-sided, however, the general hatred around the topic forced them to abandon the idea. They say that they were in no way trying to add microtransactions into the game and are disappointed that the neighborhood believed they'd do anything.
Obviously, they did exactly that using Runescape 3, a movement which many assert stunted the growth of the name. OSRS is a Free to Play name, but it offers a monthly subscription which adds hundreds of hours of extra content. The simple fact that any type of monetization was being discussed when the title already contains a monthly subscription was probably the reason for such a backlash from the community.
Update: Jagex has issued an announcement saying that no credit card or banking information was lost as a result of the breach. "Further to yesterday's statement, we can confirm that none of our players' bank or card details were compromised," it said. "We work with an industry-respected, fully compliant third-party processor, to purposefully avoid staff using gamers' full card or bank details. This also applies when players decide to cheap RuneScape gold store their details at payment stage for any future purchases. Jagex undergoes regular, third-party testing to make sure we maintain the highest security standards."