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Jagex aiming to launch 12-year-old RuneScape on tablet this year, smart TV and consoles in consideration

RuneScape developer Jagex is aiming to launch its 12-year-old browser-based MMORPG on tablets before the end of the year, CEO Mark Gerhard told IGN.

Jagex's porting of RuneScape to other devices is due largely in part to the developer rewriting the game in HTML5, which has allowed them to overhaul the game's graphics as well and make it run faster and better.

"We're working really, really hard to do tablets by Q4 this year," he said. "I see [smartphones] as a window into the game, so I think even mobile is right for RuneScape, but it's probably as a subset or augmentation of the game rather than the core game experience."

Chief marketing officer David Solari added Jagex is up to the challenge of publishing an MMO for tablets.

"I think it stretches the imagination of what's possible on tablet right now," he said. "I mean, RuneScape would easily be the most ambitious game ever put on tablet, right? So, that excites us.

"We're used to taking on these crazy challenges and pushing things to the limit — HTML5 is a great example of that," he added. "A lot of people aren't ready to go where we've gone already, so we think we can do it."

RuneScape versions for smart TVs and consoles are also under consideration, he said. However, Jagex would want cross-platform play, allowing PlayStation and Xbox hardware users to play with each other.

"Tablet is more akin to your laptop so the game is more naturally transposed to that," Gerhard said. "I'm also very excited about Smart TVs; I don't think we're that far away from being able to do something very interesting there.

"Consoles are easy," he added. "If you can just get the console manufacturers to play nice with each other and stop fragmenting the community then we could do something there too."

The latest game in the series, RuneScape 3, is slated to launch this fall on mobile devices.

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