Jagex has confirmed that Old School RuneScape has surpassed five million downloads across iOS and Android devices.
The UK-based developer and publisher made the announcement on the eighteenth anniversary of the popular RuneScape franchise, saying that the series has hit an “all-time high, soaring above the previous 2008 peak.”
The fantasy MMORPG franchise reached its highest-paid membership total over the Christmas period, as well as the series smashing past the $1bn mark in revenue.
RuneFest, the annual gaming convention centering on the series, also hit its highest attendance.
Meanwhile, Jagex revealed that it has recruited more than 100 new hires after the success it has had with the franchise.
Old School RuneScape was released in October 2018 for Android and iOS devices.
Phil Mansell, the CEO of Jagex, said: “2018 was a fantastic year for our RuneScape games, which have truly come of age. The franchise has been growing consistently for five years and we’ve seen a surge of further community growth with the move to mobile.
“Old School RuneScape’s successful mobile launch was made possible by our incredible team, who’ve been able to make this classic game play smoothly in a mobile form factor and which allows players to enjoy the convenience of completely interoperable PC to mobile cross-play.
“This achievement showcases our living games philosophy: bringing deeply engaging community experiences to players wherever they are.
“We find that the more we listen to, engage with and empower the community, the more [it] fosters a true connection; with each other and with the games.
“The big increases we’re seeing in both membership and active users show that we’re not only able to bring new players into RuneScape, but we’re [also] able to offer the kind of rich, evergreen content that keeps them engaged for the long term.
“With this success, we’ve continued to increase investment levels to expand our games, as well as bringing in a slate of hugely talented people to join us in development, technology and publishing.”
John Burns, the senior vice president of publishing for Jagex, added: “A number of initiatives really hit the mark for us in 2018, and we’ll be using all of our learnings from these activities to deliver even more this year.
“Our ongoing commitment to delivering bigger and better content begins this week with the first of three significant Old School RuneScape content updates, Kebos Lowlands, we continue to work on developing RuneScape on mobile and a number of other exciting plans are in the works.
“Coupled with the strides we’re making with Jagex Partners, 2019 looks set to be another great year for the company.”