Jagex, the developer of Old-School Runescape (OSRS has announced that its new C++ Client will be added to the Jagex Launcher, expanding its availability to the game’s vast player base.
Upgraded OSRS Client With Exciting Features
The developers have been steadily updating the C++ Client over the past few years, introducing features such as Ground Item Indicators, XP Trackers, increased Draw Distance, and more. As of this week, these upgrades will be accessible to anyone using the Jagex Launcher, Steam, or the mobile version of the game.
The C++ Client will replace the Java version of OSRS, which does not support these newly added features. The introduction of this new client signals the phase-out of the Java client from the Jagex Launcher, marking an end to updates on this older technology. However, the Legacy Java Client will still be available for download.
The Future of Runescape Clients
In moving towards the future, Jagex stated, “The C++ Client is the standard we want to set for the future, so there’s no point in us continually updating outdated technology.” Therefore, new players will now be prompted to download the Jagex Launcher and launch the C++ version of the game from there.
It’s worth noting that while the Legacy Java Client won’t receive any of the enhanced client improvements, it will still be able to run the latest game updates. Users of the Legacy Client will continue to enjoy all of the game’s newest content like new Quests, Minigames, and Quality of Life Improvements.
What Does This Mean for Players?
For most players, this transition won’t have a significant impact, as they can continue playing on their existing approved clients. From this week onwards, the following client options will be available in the Jagex Launcher:
- New Official Client: This is the C++ Client and the one that will continue to receive client updates and improvements.
- RuneLite: One of the approved 3rd Party Clients that can be downloaded and accessed via the Launcher.
- Legacy Java Client: This client will not receive any client improvements going forward and this option will ONLY appear if the Java Client is already installed on the device.
The developers reassured players that the RuneLite and HDOS experience should not be affected by this change, and players still have the company’s approval to use these clients.
Jagex plans to continue improving the New Official Client with features similar to those found on other approved clients. The goal, as they put it, is to “make the Old School Runescape experience an enjoyable one, no matter which client you use to play.”
Jagex’s introduction of the C++ Client signifies their commitment to enhancing the gaming experience for OSRS players. Those who have not yet experienced the New Official Client will have the perfect opportunity to try it out later this week.