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RuneScape Developer Working on Sci-Fi MMORPG

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Jagex is working on Stellar Dawn, a hot sci-fi MMORPG that looks to be the next generation of browser-based MMOGs.

Jagex, the developer behind the popular browser-based MMORPG RuneScape, announced on Wednesday that it is currently working on a sci-fi-themed MMORPG called Stellar Dawn. Although the details are slim at this point, the company is keeping with the browser-based theme, allowing gamers to play on almost any PC with an Internet connection.

"Stellar Dawn will be Jagex's biggest release to date and everyone at the studio is absolutely electric with excitement as we enter the final stages of development," said Mark Gerhard, Jagex's CEO. "We are really happy with how well Stellar Dawn has come together. The team has deftly blended art, content and technology to provide the entertaining, long-term game appeal that we have become famous for."

Upon visiting the game's official website, Stellar Dawn requires age verification, indicating that the game is more than a browser-based game geared for a general audience. But as with RuneScape, the company plans to offer a "sizable portion" of the virtual world for free-to-play gamers, requiring a small monthly fee for access to the entire game.

Stellar Dawn is expected to launch in 2011, however interested gamers can sign up for access to the closed beta by heading here.

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    joytech22 , July 16, 2010 12:18 AM
    YES FINALLY! been waiting for this ever since it was announced!
    Oh and thumb's down = WOW fanboy or simply a hater.
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    polly the parrot , July 16, 2010 12:49 AM
    I'm already signed up for the beta. =D
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    falxmorte , July 16, 2010 1:33 AM
    Runescapes great if you have dial up.
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    tipoo , July 16, 2010 2:31 AM
    Wow, I forgot all about Runescape. I used to play it in grade 5, got to a pretty high level as I recall. Thanks for the post, I nostalgia'ed.
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    ubernoobie , July 16, 2010 3:12 AM
    GO RUNESCAPE LOL
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    lauxenburg , July 16, 2010 4:30 AM
    I feel like a little boy posting on a Runescape article but wow has anyone seen Runescape these days? Looks pretty legit.
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    squallypie , July 16, 2010 5:14 AM
    i quit runescape for a while and returned back... lots of updates for sure
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    baracubra , July 16, 2010 5:36 AM
    Its a pity the RS graphics overhaul came so late...I would have died for it bck in grade 5 when me and all my buds were in RS rage...It came just a tad bit too late, only enough for me to log in after years of not playing and smile/frown
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    dEAne , July 16, 2010 7:03 AM
    I haven't tried playing this game yet. Maybe I will give it a run.
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    eddieroolz , July 16, 2010 7:17 AM
    Runescape isn't a graphical joke that it used to be with the overhaul, but I think it came a bit too late. Everyone I know still thinks people play with those blocky, paint-themed characters when in reality its quite decent. I just don't have time for that anymore, that's all.
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    Wolygon , July 16, 2010 10:16 AM
    This looks really nice, I wonder if they are going to have the graphics processed on the users PC.

    The quote "allowing gamers to play on almost any PC with an Internet connection." makes me think not.

    However I know that Runescape does use your PC when you crank the graphics up, and also maybe even when you have them down. Since one time I was playing it on a Netbook on lowest settings yet I was running 100% CPU usage (not fully sure it was 100%).

    I think the best idea would to have very scalable graphics settings and have it run on the users PC. Then have a feature where you pay extra then "Members" which makes them do all the processing. Since if I play this I want to think that I am saving some money because I put the money into good hardware.
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    joytech22 , July 16, 2010 11:25 AM
    the_punkinatorThis looks really nice, I wonder if they are going to have the graphics processed on the users PC. The quote "allowing gamers to play on almost any PC with an Internet connection." makes me think not.However I know that Runescape does use your PC when you crank the graphics up, and also maybe even when you have them down. Since one time I was playing it on a Netbook on lowest settings yet I was running 100% CPU usage (not fully sure it was 100%).I think the best idea would to have very scalable graphics settings and have it run on the users PC. Then have a feature where you pay extra then "Members" which makes them do all the processing. Since if I play this I want to think that I am saving some money because I put the money into good hardware.


    Don't you know? ALL OF JAGEX's games are client-side rendered..
    ALL of them ARE rendered on the User's pc. how would you make a MMORPG all server-rendered when you sometimes have to render images for 200 000 users.. it just wouldnt work.
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    bustapr , July 16, 2010 11:48 AM
    I used to play RS all day, and my brother still plays this 18 hours a day. Doesnt come out of the room even to eat. As addictive as these games are, I wont be interested because the last time I got into an MMO, I got 3 Fs in college. dont want to suffer that again.
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    Wolygon , July 16, 2010 2:20 PM
    Quote:
    Don't you know? ALL OF JAGEX's games are client-side rendered..
    ALL of them ARE rendered on the User's pc. how would you make a MMORPG all server-rendered when you sometimes have to render images for 200 000 users.. it just wouldnt work.

    Ok fine, however I certainly wouldn't say it "just wouldn't work" considering Runescape servers have what a max of 2000 players? That certainly isn't impossible especially before the updated graphics. Instead it is just highly "impractical" because of bandwidth and server load.

    The only reason I said anything is because quote "allowing gamers to play on almost any PC with an Internet connection.", how is "almost any PC" going to run a game with such graphics? My Netbook lags with Runescape on lowest settings.

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    bildo123 , July 16, 2010 3:56 PM
    falxmorteRunescapes great if you have dial up.


    Or are bored beyond all comprehension.
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    gm0n3y , July 16, 2010 4:38 PM
    I played a little Runescape about 5 years ago, it was OK at the time. If the graphics have gotten a lot better I might check out this new one (I love science fiction).
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    victomofreality , July 16, 2010 4:48 PM
    it seems like we've moved out of the age of fantasy mmo's into sci-fi ones.
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    kewl munky , July 16, 2010 7:03 PM
    I remember hearing the rumor about this like 5 years ago. Didn't think it was actually true.
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    fatfatr , July 16, 2010 11:02 PM
    Wow...This is the "mechscape" jagex has been working on? Nice to hear the news, I've been waiting for this since last year. Going to sign up for the beta :D 
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    spiralsun1 , July 19, 2010 4:56 AM
    Runescape is by far the best MMORPG out there. It takes the longest to level and has such massive content that I have been playing nearly 5 years almost every day and have not maxed out my lvl yet or done even half the quests. It takes a lot of thought and there is a lot of risk to it (losing expensive stuff if you make mistakes, etc.) -- which makes it pretty adrenaline-charged for an MMORPG. Takes a lot of planning and thought to do it well, because many of the skills build on each other if you do them right. Runescape was supposed to be for ages over 13, but a lot of younger kids play because it has a limited free game on some of the servers. Most of the serious players I have played with are adults though. It is really not a kids game. It is way harder than WOW.

    If Stellar Dawn is half the game Runescape is, it will be a hit! I cant wait!
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