SOURCE: Jagex, Ltd.

July 14, 2008 09:00 ET

Jagex Announces Launch of RuneScape High Detail

6M+ Player MMO Gets Graphic, Full-Screen Upgrades for Today's Roaming Audience

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - E3 Media & Business Summit -- Jagex, Ltd., the largest independent game developer in United Kingdom, today announced the release of RuneScape High Detail (HD) from the expo floor at the E3 Media & Business Summit. With RuneScape HD, a full graphics re-launch of the hit massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, Jagex is redefining immersive online gaming and providing the first full-screen MMO experience with the "click-and-play" accessibility of a browser-based game. In addition to adding full-screen play, RuneScape HD includes new features that significantly enhance the game's graphics.

RuneScape remains one of the largest and most recognized MMOs in the world, with more than 6 million gamers worldwide. With this new release, the game will run like a premium off-the-shelf title, while maintaining the ease and accessibility its players have always enjoyed. A new lighting system and procedural texturing introduce a new level of quality to bring graphics to a new level of quality for online gaming, far beyond anything offered in a browser today. Incredibly, the new release of the game still runs below 256MB RAM on most machines, and plays easily on the same computers that first accessed the original game, released in 2001.

"Today's gamers have evolved into a 'roaming' audience, and expect quick and easy access to their favorite games," said Geoff Iddison, CEO of Jagex. "RuneScape offers players a full-screen experience from any computer, anytime, which attracts a wide demographic ranging from casual players to enthusiast gamers of all ages. The developers at Jagex have a long-standing history of delivering cutting edge online games, and RuneScape High Detail will be no exception."

RuneScape HD provides a character-based experience in which players can choose any path they like as they explore and travel across the massive world, weekly updates to content and characters, and more than 100 quest opportunities.

PC gaming is experiencing an upward trend, and is positioned to overtake the console business in coming years, proving the sustainability and mass adoption of MMOs and other online games properties. Analysts have confirmed that even hardcore console gamers spend more time playing games online on PC than they do on the consoles. Further, Yankee Group estimates that online games in North America generated $1.6 billion in 2007, and by 2012 revenue will grow to more than $3.8 billion. Given that Jagex has already cornered a large portion of the global online games market with previous versions of RuneScape, the HD release is expected to bring a fresh and growing audience to the game's user base.

RuneScape HD is available online at www.runescape.com, and is free to play. Premium upgrades are available starting at USD$5.

About RuneScape

RuneScape is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), set in a fantasy world of warring races, ravaged landscapes and sinister powers. Having chosen an adventurer, players are free to find their role within it: to live by the sword and face hundreds of enemies, to further the storyline in RuneScape's quests, or to train in any of a number of skills.

The game is updated every two weeks with new content, quests, skills or challenges -- meaning new challenges and surprises whenever players log on. The game currently has over 6 million players and over 1 million paying subscribers.

About Jagex, Ltd.

Jagex, Ltd. is an independent games developer and publisher based in Cambridge, England, with over 350 employees. With proprietary graphics compression, game engine and network communication technologies, Jagex creates online games that are enjoyed by millions of players around the world. Jagex is online at www.jagex.com.

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