Game development

Jagex Develops New Free Online Open World Survival IP

It has been over two decades since the prominent free online fantasy MMORPG, RuneScape, was launched by Jagex. With over 200 million accounts created and over $1 billion in revenue generated across all platforms, the game is recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest and most updated free-to-play MMORPG in the world. In 2018, the company launched RuneScape for Android and iOS devices, and the game has been installed over 13 million times since then. However, it’s been a while since the company released a new game, but it looks like that’s about to change, as Jagex is currently working on a new IP which happens to be a free online survival contraption. based on an open world. on Unreal Engine 5.

Earlier today we came across some job postings on the Jagex website for a “unannounced game” on which the company is working. One of the job postings is for the position of Senior Combat Designer, the description of which reads as follows: “Jagex is growing and expanding its portfolio with new franchise titles, new intellectual property and, in 2018, launched Jagex Partners, providing third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for living games of the future.” In January it was revealed via the LinkedIn profile of an employee that the company works on a “exciting unannounced title in development in UE5” and this job offer confirms it again.

Job posting for the position of Senior Combat Designer at Jagex. | Source: Jagex

Additionally, the job purpose for the job listing states, “You will be responsible for designing combat mechanics and engaging PVE/PVP players in Jagex’s new Open World Survival Craft title and seeing your designs from inception to completion.” which suggests that the unannounced new IP will be an open-world survival ship – a new genre for Jagex to explore – with a single-player and multiplayer combat experience. “This will involve creating features, gameplay systems and narratives that help fuel the core gaming experience,” the job listing additionally mentions, suggesting that this unannounced game will also have a narrative element.

Job objective for the Senior Combat Designer position at Jagex. | Source: Jagex

However, that’s not all. One of the essential skills that the candidate must have mentioned “experience of multiple end-to-end game development cycles on high-end PC or console titles,” which suggests that the new IP will not only be cross-platform, but may be hardware-intensive. So we can conclude that this unannounced game will be very focused on visual quality and clarity. In addition to this, the job posting also requires the candidate to have “experience working on both melee and ranged combat in a networked environment,” so this unannounced game could have both melee and ranged combat. However, it is not known (yet) if it will be in the first person or in the third person. Finally, the job posting also mentions that the candidate may have “experience with Unreal 5,” which suggests that the new IP could also be next-gen.

Essential skills for the Senior Combat Designer position at Jagex. | Source: Jagex

In another job posting for Associate Technical Director, one of the desirable skills the candidate might have mentioned “experience or knowledge of free games”, which suggests that the unannounced game could be a free-to-play game, similar to RuneScape. Therefore, more players will be able to discover this new IP address.

Desirable skills for the position of Associate Technical Director at Jagex. | Source: Jagex

For now, this is all the information we have on this new IP from Jagex. In May 2017, an emblem for “Next Generation,” which is the new IP the company is supposed to be working on, was accidentally revealed during a livestream by a former Community Manager for the company, Mod Shauny. However, there hasn’t been much news about it since then. Hopefully over time the company releases more details about this new IP they are working on as it looks very promising.

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