[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
Cambridge, UK Wednesday 26
th September 2011 – Jagex, the creators
of the hugely popular and multi-award winning free-to-play
adventure game - RuneScape, today announced details of their most
stringent anti-bot update ever - Botany Bay.
Botting is a system whereby a player uses automated computer
software to level their character whilst they are away from the
computer. The most common bots within RuneScape are used by
players who wish to raise their experience in a specific skill such
as mining or woodcutting. Using such 3
rd party software is against the RuneScape rule and has
resulted in a player being permanently banned from the game when
Following on from the successful Bot Nuke of 2011, Jagex have
taken a huge step in their battle against the bots by introducing
tough new sanctions against players who are caught botting.
Players who do bot will not only be banished from the game, but
will also be named and shamed among the community.
From today, any player caught botting will be given two warnings
to allow them to change their ways, after which they will be
permanently banned from the game - with no appeals. At each
warning stage the botter's avatar will change to signify to the
rest of the community that they have been caught botting.
After receiving their second and final warning should they break
the rules again, the bot avatar will be transferred to a new area
called Botany Bay to await the judgment of the community.
Mark Ogilvie, RuneScape Lead Designer commented, "We take a
very hard line on cheaters in our game and have taken the unique
move to name and shame those who have been breaking one of our most
important rules. We have wanted to do this for some time and we
hope that by bringing the actions of those who cheat to the
attention of the wider community, we can make a massive step
towards eliminating botting from the game”.
Ogilvie continued, “Our community has always had strong
feeling about players who cheat the system by botting, especially
as they feel it devalues their own hard work and in-game
achievements. Botany Bay literally puts guilty players in the
stocks whilst the community decides what to do with them.
Players who do take part in the trial and subsequent sentencing
will be rewarded with a unique in-game cosmetic item."
During the botter’s trial players will be given the chance
to vote on their favourite method of disposal for the bot,
including being stomped upon by a dragon and blasted in a ray of
light from the RuneScape gods. Players will also be able to
show their displeasure by pelting the bot with rotten fruit whilst
they wait for their votes to be counted.
This update comes hot on the heels of the recent J.A.G update
which greatly increased the security options available to all
To join in the fight against the bots and claim your Pitchfork
of Vigilantism today why not head over to
www.RuneScape.com to create your free
Assets for Botany Bay are available to download here:
RuneScape is the world’s most popular free-to-play online
adventure game (as recognised by Guinness World Records) from
award-winning independent British development studio Jagex.
Set in a vivid and detailed fantasy world, RuneScape’s
universe and narrative proudly draws its inspiration from classic
role-playing games, delivering an innovative and original
experience for millions of players worldwide every day. RuneScape
is totally free-to-play, with a popular subscription option of even
greater scale and ambition, both running directly within almost any
Players are not restricted by character classes and with its
open-world gameplay there are no limits to the hero players can
become. All quests are accessible to all and player-versus-player
combat is an optional experience.
RuneScape’s witty tone, finely balanced gameplay, epic
questing and completely open world combine to create a game that
has earned its place as the most popular free-to-play online
adventure game of all time and continues to push the boundaries as
the World’s Greatest Adventure.
Jagex is a multi-award winning online games developer based in
Cambridge, England. Jagex specialises in the development of high
quality browser-based games with supporting platform and
technology. Jagex is also the largest independent games developer
and publisher in the UK.
Jagex has a long-standing reputation for creating the world's
best online games and for developing hugely popular, high quality,
accessible, free-to-play games and for providing an unbeatable
community experience for millions of players around the world.
Jagex has developed and self-published over 40 online titles,
including the world's most popular free multiplayer online game,