Old School RuneScape (OSRS), an MMORPG name that launched nearly two decades ago, has closed a community survey that was voting on RS Gold the implementation of"Partnerships." In essence, Partnerships revolve around the concept that some new items and attributes would become available to"Partners" of Old School RuneScape, before being published to the general population.
The RuneScape community did not enjoy the notion back then, and they don't enjoy it now. A subreddit dedicated to OSRS has slammed the notion repeatedly over the past week. Many users are asserting that this brings the sport one step closer to getting full blown microtransactions. Others see this as"microtransactions by means of a third party," since players that have paid to become spouses with another firm are rewarded with exclusive items.
Thankfully Jagex, the developers of OSRS, have said they won't include any new content to the game without polling the neighborhood. This is accomplished with an in-game voting booth where members can cast their virtual ballots. Due to this voting system, the majority of the community is happy with any changes made to the nostalgic game. The poll was set to close on Monday the 8th, however ancient polling results were negative Jagex made a decision to shut the booths early. An official statement from the provider indicates that not only were the surveys exceptionally one-sided, however, the general hatred around the topic forced them to abandon the idea. They say that they had been in no way trying to add microtransactions to the game and are frustrated the community thought they would do anything.
Obviously, they did precisely that with Runescape 3, a movement which many claim stunted the development of the name. OSRS is a Free to Perform name, but it supplies a monthly subscription which adds countless hours of extra content. The fact that any sort of Buy RuneScape Gold monetization was being discussed when the title already contains a monthly subscription was likely the cause of such a backlash from the community.