Going Old School – The Inside Story of RuneScape’s Legacy Servers

Room 14

Come hear the inside story of RuneScape’s own legacy “Old School” servers! Phil Mansell, studio head at Jagex discusses how what started as a fan campaign has become a major part of the company’s long term business growth. He reflects on the unique challenges and successes in restoring an archived build into its own service, including sharding the community, competition to the main game, alternate branches of lore, and handling traditionalist players who also want new content. The talk will give recommendations for how retro versions can help manage diverging community tastes, tap into the power of nostalgia and even innovate in unexpected places.

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