Old School RuneScape (OSRS), an MMORPG name that started nearly two decades ago, has closed a community poll that has been voting on OSRS Fire Cape the execution of"Partnerships." In essence, Partnerships revolve around the idea that some new things and features would first become accessible to"Partners" of Old School RuneScape, before being released to the general population.
That really is nothing new, as last year the developers of RuneScape"partnered" with Twitch to let Prime members early entry to a new purple skin color. When the promotional event had finished, they then allowed all players to use the pigment. The RuneScape community did not like the concept back then, and they don't enjoy it now. A subreddit dedicated to OSRS has slammed the notion repeatedly over the past week. Many users are asserting that this brings the game one step closer to having full blown microtransactions. Others view this as"microtransactions via a third party," since players who have paid to be spouses with a different company are rewarded with exclusive products.
Thankfully Jagex, the developers of OSRS, have said they will not add any new content to the game without polling the neighborhood. This can be accomplished by an in-game voting booth where members may cast their virtual ballots. Due to this particular voting system, most of the community is happy with any adjustments made to the nostalgic game. The survey was set to close on Monday the 8th, however ancient polling results were negative Jagex made a decision to shut the booths early. A formal statement from the provider indicates that not only were the surveys extremely one-sided, but the overall hatred around the subject forced them to abandon the thought. They state they were in no way attempting to add microtransactions into the match and are frustrated the community thought they'd do such a thing.
Obviously, they did precisely that using Runescape 3, a movement which many claim stunted the growth of the title. OSRS is a Free to Perform name, but it supplies a monthly subscription which adds hundreds of hours of Fire Cape Buy OSRS extra content. The simple fact that any type of monetization was being discussed while the name already includes a monthly subscription was likely the reason for such a backlash from the community.