Jagex cites Brexit as a factor in RuneScape subscription hike

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Jagex is about to raise the price of a subscription to Old School RuneScape for new users, citing the UK’s imminent Brexit as a factor.

In a post on the RuneScape website, Jagex revealed that for players coming to Old School RuneScape for the first time, and for players who have been unsubscribed for more than 14 days, the price of a subscription will rise from £5.99 per month to £6.99 per month, or from £53.99 to £62.99 for a 12-month membership. Bond prices for the game will also be raised, and the price-changes will come into effect on June 4.

In an FAQ article the reasons for the increase were elaborated upon, including mention of Brexit being a factor. In addition, Jagex said: “This decision is the result of a rise in development costs, as well as an increase in operating fees. The Old School RuneScape model is entirely subscription-based, and so to continue delivering great content we have to increase membership fees.” The company added: “This will not affect those of you who are already subscribed. Any existing subscription agreement will be honoured for as long as it remains in effect. If you’re a member and you don’t lapse out as a member for more than 14 days, you’re eligible to keep your current rate of membership. Subscribe now to secure access to all of Old School RuneScape’s members’ content at current prices.”

Old School RuneScape may be retro, but it is still one of the great unlikely success-stories of the games industry. Jagex continues to invest in it, with the iOS version recently going into a beta programme. If you’re a regular player, make sure you renew your membership before the price-hike takes effect on June 4.