Jagex unveils new RuneScape skill, Old School expansion

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Following its annual show, Runefest 2019, Jagex has revealed that a new skill is coming to RuneScape, while Old School RuneScape will be augmented by a major expansion.

Jagex said: “RuneScape will be delving into its past with the introduction of the all-new Archaeology skill, arriving January 2020. Revealed at RuneFest during the RuneScape keynote, Archaeology will be the game’s first new skill in four years and become its 28th skill for players to level up.”

Meanwhile, over on Old School RuneScape, Jagex announced the Morytania Expansion: “Which will open the vampyre city of Darkmeyer to both desktop and mobile players. Previously inaccessible, the city will reveal new activities and a new high-level agility course. The expansion will also deliver Sins of the Father, the penultimate quest in the Myreque series, in addition to new skilling content and a new group boss – the Nightmare of Ashihama. The Morytania Expansion begins in early 2020.”

Jagex provided more details about RuneScape’s forthcoming Archaeology skill: “Archaeology will see players uncover multiple dig sites across the game’s world of Gielinor to plunder ancient artefacts. As they explore the excavation locations, powerful relics and weapons are uncovered, alongside knowledge and demon pacts that have been lost to time.”

Plus, Jagex announced further additions to RuneScape: “The game will build upon this summer’s The Land Out of Time content with the introduction of The Ranch Out of Time. Enabling players to raise, nurture and farm monstrous Gielinorian dinosaurs, The Ranch will be available in game before the end of the year. The arrival of the The Ranch Out of Time content will also see the level cap for two of RuneScape’s established skills raised from 99 to 120: Farming and Herblore, which will enable players to harvest new produce and primal extract from their dinosaurs to create powerful potions.

Additionally, a new season of questlines and lore, beginning with Desperate Measures, will launch in 2020.”

And the Morytania Epansion won’t be the only new element coming to Old School RuneScape: “Ahead of the expansion, Old School RuneScape is also getting a new game mode – ‘Leagues’. The first, Twisted League, will begin on 14th November and will see players tackling Ironman content on the continent of Zeah. Further additions to Old School RuneScape include a new Clan system, which will enable up to 500 players to arrange their own events, track their progress as a group, and compete with other clans, plus a new Group Ironman mode.”

For more RuneScape news, keep an eye on the browser-based RPG’s website.

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