Mark your calendars, the Necromancy reveal is coming - plus some very special insider insights from you, the players!
Necromancy First Look
More info on our upcoming reveal
We're now just over one week away from finally revealing Necromancy gameplay! It will arrive on May 30th in a lengthy and detailed Necromancy First Look video - plus another little something extra we'd like to tell you about now....
Last week, we did something we've never done with a skill before. We gave players a hands-on with the skill, pre-launch, to inject a healthy dose of player feedback! Over two days, we had the absolute pleasure of hosting a group of RuneScape Creators in the studio as they were introduced to Necromancy, played experiences from it* and gave us their feedback to help guide the later stages of its development.
Not only did we want feedback from the Creators, but we also wanted them to be able to share their experience with all of you. All our Creators were able to capture their own gameplay footage and will be able to share it - including their impressions - right after our Necromancy: First Look video finishes on May 30th!
While their content doesn't comprehensively cover the entirety of the skill - we're still very much in active development! - there's still LOTS of ground to cover, all told in their own words and from their own hands-on experiences.
This was a really important step for all of us on the RuneScape team. We've been looking to amplify player voices in our development process - Necromancy is built with this mantra in mind, but this trip gave us an opportunity to get valuable perspectives we can only usually get once a skill is released into the wild. We hope you're as excited as we are about it!
Mark Your Calendars
So you don't miss a thing with next week's reveal, here's a rundown of when and where you'll need to be if you're looking to catch the news as it happens:
Necromancy First Look - May 30th at 5PM BST (4PM Game Time)
Join us for a big look at Necromancy for the first time, as we share our vision for the skill in an 8+ minute video packed with developer insights and gameplay. We'll be debuting the video as a YouTube Premier on YouTube.com/RuneScape - be there at 4pm Game Time to share the moment with fellow 'Scapers and J-Mods in the live chat!
Necromancy Creator Coverage - May 30th at 5:10PM BST (4:10PM Game Time)
Minutes after the Necromancy First Look finishes, our crack-team of Creators will begin sharing their experiences, gameplay and VLOGs from their trip to Jagex last week. Here's who they are and where to find them:
For those not looking to miss a thing, you may want to drop a Subscribe or Follow - while you can expect instant content from each Creator at the time above, they are free to continue releasing further content from their experience at any time!
Necromancy First Look: Developer Panel Livestream - May 31st at 5PM BST (4PM Game Time)
With a reveal this big, we're sure you'll have plenty of questions and discussions you want to have with J-Mods! We'll be live on Twitch.TV/RuneScape to discuss what we've revealed, respond to hot topics from your initial reactions and answer some of your questions.
What Comes Next?
This is only the first stop on the road to Necromancy - there are still plenty of stories left to tell. As development nears it's final stage, we'll be confirming our release date, giving you more insight into the lore and diving into even more detail on aspects of the skill as we lock down the finer details in development. This will be the most comprehensive look at a skill ever, but balanced with maintaining that magic of discovery in the early days of a skill release.
*Note: We have taken steps to ensure the 99 / 120 Level Races will remain as fair as possible, balanced with enabling meaningful player feedback and exciting player perspectives to hear about ahead of the release of a skill. We'll discuss this more in the Necromancy First Look - Developer Panel stream on May 31st.
Max Cash Release Date Update
Development update changes
The release of the Max Cash Update will raise the 2.1b coin limit on your Money Pouch and G.E Trades to address this long-standing request from the community!
While we're happy to confirm content development has completed on the project, it's also required extensive testing, which has revealed issues in the engine development. These will need to be addressed. Engine releases tend to take longer and need much more testing than content-based work - which means we're now highly unlikely to be able to release this in May as we mentioned in the Development Update.
We know many of you have been eagerly awaiting this one and this will come as a disappointment. The Development Update is all about transparency, with the risk of things being subject to change, so we want to give you the latest timeline on our estimated delivery - which is now June 12th. If the release date gets confirmed or the timeline changes in any way, we'll be sure to let you know. Thanks for your understanding as we make sure we launch this right.
Double XP LIVE
DXP LIVE is a 10-day train-fest where every one of you gets 48 hours of Double XP to use at your leisure. Play it however you want - you can always pause the timer if you need to do other activities but don't want to lose out on that precious DXP time. Plus, if you won't be using all your hours, you can trade an hour of DXP per day for credits to use with Nic The Trader. Full details here!
Double XP LIVE ends on Monday, May 29th at 12:00 PM Game Time.
Since our current Forinthry Frontier Yak Track has been extended, surely that means… Why yes, you’re right! This will be the first time both a DXP and Yak track will be active simultaneously. This means:
- Yak Track XP bonuses will not apply when Double XP is active.
- If you pause your timer, the Yak Track XP bonuses you've earned will apply as normal.
Jagex Accounts Update
20 characters now supported!
The Jagex Accounts team have been hard at work following the release of the Open Beta, and now there's even more good news - based on your feedback, a Jagex Account can now support up to 20 characters rather than the previous limit of 10!
For those of you who haven't made the jump yet, Jagex Accounts are the new modernised account system offering the maximum security for your RuneScape account. Jagex Accounts offer security benefits like email verification, support for stronger passwords, enhanced recovery, added Bot protections, notifications via email and more - all under one significantly more secure account for all your characters.
The Open Beta is available now - find out how to upgrade here.
Treasure Hunter Calendar
What's up next on the calendar?
Live now | Ends May 24th | Foresight to Train
It's time to train, but this time with extra foresight! New to this edition are Slayer Wildcards, a consumable item which makes your next Slayer count as on-task for XP and drops, plus two new Drop Cleaners - one for Crafting and one for Fletching - which use the new Artisanal Gears to power them!
Starts May 25th | Ends May 29th | Gemfall
Gemfall returns with multipliers galore! Open chests with multipliers, while keeping an eye out for those Gemfalls filled with extra prizes.
Fixes and improvements in this week's game update
- Added back campfires that were removed alongside the the Karamja rework
- Fixed an issue where some of the Varrock Dig Site trees were missing textures.
- The forcewalk tiles north of the Crafting Guild have been fixed.
- For the achievement Gross Misconduct, Demons now only count as 1 to 1 for progress.
- Slayer wildcards now have a Grand Exchange buy limit of 500 every 4 hours.
- Artisanal gears now have a Grand Exchange buy limit of 10,000 every 4 hours.
The latest goings-on from our community
Pink Skirts Player Events
Each week the Pink Skirts put on a selection of fun activities that everyone can join. Here are the main events this week:
Skill 'n' Chill
- Hosted by: MadClikr & the Lil Tuzzies Clan
- Date/Time: Monday May 22nd, 23:00 Game Time
- World: 85
- Location: Fort Forinthry
- FC: Lil Tuzzies
- Hosted by: Miss Misty
- Date/Time: Wednesday May 24th, 20:00 Game Time
- World: 60
- Location: Edgeville Bank
- FC: Miss Misty
Town Square Q&A
- Hosted by: Lynxlynx
- Date/Time: Monday May 29th, 19:30 Game Time
- World: 3
- Location: Varrock West Bank
If these don't take your fancy, take a look at the full events schedule here. There’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy!