A cutscene or cut scene is an animated sequence usually occurring during a quest in which a player has no control. They are often used to show the storyline of a certain quest. The player cannot talk publicly, move, or click on most things to perform action they can normally do, except for friends chat and examining objects or NPCs. Although in some cutscenes this is done automatically like when a player is knocked out a Life Splats will appear or the player will say something above their heads even without typing it. If there is any item that you would be normally able to talk to or search or etc, a glitch will happen in which it says you can do it in the video, and when you actually do this in some videos the video will end, and you will need to start the video over again.
Jagex has used many cutscenes or long cutscenes in some quests like The Giant Dwarf, however some quests have not used cutscenes at all. Some online polls created by Jagex ask if players enjoy long cutscenes or none at all. The majority of players answered medium-short sized cutscenes meaning long cutscenes may become rare in quests.
Cutscenes also occur during some transportation modes such as ships or Eagle transport system. Interactive cutscenes also used to occur in the Gnomecopter Tours where the player could change their view, leave, talk and interact with some NPCs and scenery before the Gnomecopters were removed.
In cutscenes involving only other characters in a storyline, where the player is not present, the player is actually "teleported" to the area where the cutscene takes place, and the camera is focused on the characters in a way that the player is not shown. However, the player still appears on the mini map. A bug may occur when the player is poisoned and one of these cutscenes plays; the camera will not adjust to the other characters and will be focused on the player as if the game was being played normally. The player may use the chat feature, however they cannot move. Any attempt to do so will initiate the cutscene dialogue without the special camera angles.
From Desperate Times quest onwards a new type of cutscenes consiting of a number of artworks with voice over has been used in content related to Elder Gods quest series, including Anachronia introduction and Archaeology dig sites. This type of cutscene was originally used in the Ashdale Tutorial and has also been used in the Davendale Tutorial.
List[edit | edit source]
|5 December 2022||Succession||Adrasteia explains Bilrach's victory in the Zamorakian Civil War and asks the player character to figure out his new plans.||Artwork||Adrasteia|
|Bilrach begins his ritual to drain souls from across Gielinor, but the sabotaged ritual marker explodes, ending the ritual.||Artwork||Adrasteia|
|Adrasteia is crowned as Basilissa, delivers a speech to her people and sings A Song of Hope. This cutscene is divided in multiple parts as the quest alternates between Adrasteia and Moia's story.||Cinematic||Adrasteia||Adrasteia|
|1 August 2022||Daughter of Chaos||Adrasteia explains the start of the Zamorakian Civil War and commands the player character to stop Moia.||Artwork||Adrasteia||N/A|
|4 July 2022||Zamorakian Undercity||Zamorak explains his life story.||Artwork||Zamorak|
|6 June 2022||Twilight of the Gods||The World Guardian cures Erasinus and Senecianus of Superimposed Personality Disorder.||Cinematic||N/A||N/A|
|Bilrach appears at Saradomin's throne room, announcing Zamorak's invasion on Gielinor and commanding Saradomin to surrender in exchange of sparing his followers' lives.||Artwork||Bilrach||N/A|
|The Guardians of Guthix transfer their knowledge of the Edicts of Guthix to the World Guardian.||Cinematic||N/A||N/A|
|4 April 2022||Extinction||Seren briefly recaps the Elder God Wars.||Chatbox||Seren||N/A|
|TzKal-Zuk climbs out of the TzekHaar Front and begins sieging the Cathedral of Senntisten.||Cinematic||N/A||N/A|
|Jas arrives at Freneskae to retrieve the Elder Gods' eggs.||Artwork||Jas||N/A|
|Jas once again arrives at Freneskae to retrieve the Elder Gods' eggs. A leviathan from Erebus appears out of the Shadow Breach and attacks Jas. Kerapac uses the Staff of Armadyl and the Needle against Jas, distracting her and causing her to be overpowered by the leviathan, who drags her into Erebus. Kerapac is also dragged into Erebus and the Shadow Breach snaps shut.||Artwork||Seren||N/A|
|Bik, Ful and Wen arrive at Iaia to touch the Elder Gods' eggs. The eggs hatch and the new generation of Elder Gods consumes Iaia's anima, sparing Seren and the World Guardian.||Artwork||Seren||N/A|
|4 January 2022||Het's Oasis||Icthlarin briefly explains the history of the Duel Arena, the earthquake that struck it and his search for the Eye of Het.||Artwork||Icthlarin|
|27 September 2021||Croesus Front||Bik||Gorvek speaks about history of Croesus and its return on behalf of Bik.||Artwork||Gorvek||Bik's egg, Ful's egg, Wen's egg|
|31 August 2021||Glacor Front||Wen||Ariane recalls how glacors destroyed Leng and were brought to Senntisten by Wen.||Artwork||Ariane||Bik's egg, Ful's egg, Wen's egg|
|26 July 2021||Nodon Front||Jas||Kerapac reminisces on his history, the curse, Nodon and his goals.||Artwork||Kerapac||Bik's egg, Ful's egg, Wen's egg|
|Through the eyes of the Needle||Jas command Kerapac to reclaim the eggs from Senntisten.||Chatbox||N/A||N/A|
|21 June 2021||City of Senntisten||Azzanadra explains what needs to be done with the eggs and that the defence can be mounted in uncovered part of Senntisten.||Artwork||Azzanadra||N/A|
|24 May 2021||Battle of the Monolith||Zarosian forces arrive at the monolith and begin their assault.||Artwork||Wahisietel||N/A|
|31 May 2021||Zaros arrives at the monolith in order to enter Erebus through the Shadow Breach. He is confronted by Seren, who leaves unwilling to stand against her brother.||Chatbox||N/A||N/A|
|Zaros opens the monolith and enters Erebus, allowing the Shadow Cacklers to pour into the world.||Artwork||Wahisietel||N/A|
|7 June 2021||The TokHaar arrive at the monolith to fight the shadow invaders.||Artwork||Wahisietel||N/A|
|14 June 2021||Char blows Frostenhorn at the monolith and gets sucked into Erebus.||Chatbox||N/A||N/A|
|Azzanadra closes the monolith and ascends to godhood through the backlash of shadow anima. The TokHaar, seeing the corruption of their world, turn against the former allies.||Artwork||Wahisietel||N/A|
|The Zarosians discuss the aftermath of the closing of the monolith and prepare to fight against the TokHaar.||Chatbox||N/A||N/A|
|14 June 2021||The TokHaar retreat from the battle to prepar for the next conflict. Saradomin decides to protect the monolith with his forces and allows the Zarosians to leave in peace this time.||Chatbox||N/A||N/A|
|The eggs of the Elder Gods, imperiled by the shadow anima from the monolith, are about to hatch.||Artwork||Wahisietel||N/A|
|22 February 2021||Azzanadra's Quest||Azzanadra expresses his disappointment with the council and explains that the real threat lies with the eggs of the Elder Gods.||Artwork||Azzanadra||N/A|
|Ariane shares a vision of the Elder Gods hatching on Freneskae and destroying all life during the previous Great Revision.||Artwork||Ariane||N/A|
|Sir Owen and Trindine locate Sir Vey Lance, leader of the Temple Knights, revealed to be a Zarosian demon, Veilinius, on a thousands year long undercover mission to orchestrate the heist on the Elder Crown.||Chatbox||N/A||N/A|
|The Saradominist ceremony is interrputed when Zarosians try to steal Saradomin's crown. As they fail, Zaros appears and claims the artefact and takes most of the Temple Knights with him.||Chatbox||N/A||N/A|
|14 December 2020||Violet is Blue Too||A collection of colourful drawings by Violet.||Artwork||Letters from Violet|
|7 December 2020||Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (quest)||Zaros explains the origins and nature of Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.||Artwork||Zaros||N/A|
|19 October 2020||Orthen Dig Site||Orthen Dig Site - Opening cutscene||Artwork||Mr Mordaut|
|Orthen Dig Site - Ending cutscene|
|27 July 2020||Desperate Measures||The history of Kerapac's device and the resulting destruction of Orthen and enslaving of the dragonkin by Jas.||Artwork||Seren||N/A|
|Kerapac, Charos and the others escape Kerapac's laboratory as the Elder God Ful appears in the Anachronia Volcano.||N/A|
|30 March 2020||Kharid-et Dig Site||Kharid-et Dig Site - Opening cutscene||Artwork||Guildmaster Tony||Dr Nabanik|
|Kharid-et Dig Site - Ending cutscene|
|Infernal Source Dig Site||Infernal Source Dig Site - Opening cutscene||Movario|
|Infernal Source Dig Site - Ending cutscene|
|Everlight Dig Site||Everlight Dig Site - Opening cutscene||Vanescula Drakan|
|Everlight Dig Site - Ending cutscene|
|Stormguard Citadel Dig Site||Stormguard Citadel Dig Site - Opening cutscene||Gee'ka|
|Stormguard Citadel Dig Site - Ending cutscene|
|Warforge Dig Site||Warforge Dig Site - Opening cutscene||Zanik|
|Warforge Dig Site - Ending cutscene|
|30 March 2020||Qualifications||Qualification - Intern||Chatbox||Certificate of Qualification|
|Qualification - Assistant|
|Qualification - Associate|
|Qualification - Professor|
|Qualification - Guildmaster|
|30 March 2020||Archaeology||Tony's discovery||Guildmaster Tony uses black stone on the Codex and he is sucked into it.||Acting Guildmaster Reiniger|
|25 March 2020||Archaeology/Pre-release||Raising the monolith||Zaros raises the Codex.|
|2 September 2019||Burthorpe||Burthorpe arrival cutscene||An aerial overview of Burthorpe.||Cinematic||Major Mary Rancour|
|8 July 2019||Anachronia||Anachronia arrival||Artwork||Mr Mordaut|
|13 May 2019||Desperate Times||Seren explains the threat of the Elder Gods to the Council of Burthorpe.||Artwork||Seren||N/A|
|Seren talks about Kerapac's betrayal and escape after he took control of the Needle.||N/A|
|5 November 2018||2018 Halloween event||War arrival||Chatbox||Crater|
|21 November 2016||Children of Mah||The Betrayal (part 1)||Shard of Mah|
|The Betrayal (part 2)|
|25 April 2016||River of Blood||Siege of Paterdomus||Forces of Varrock and Vanescula Drakan gather on both sides of the Paterdomus temple.||Cinematic||King Roald|
|7 March 2016||Tales of the God Wars (miniquest)||Helwyr's memory.||Helwyr and Cywir elves discuss their plans of returning home and hunting down Gregorovic.||Chatbox||Tome|
|Gregorovic's memory.||Gregorovic, trying to escape from his sickness and the fear of death, strikes a deal with Sliske and receives his new body.|
|Twin Furies' memory.||Twin Furies report to Zamorak that aa offspring of dragon riders might have survived and are order to hunt it down instead of avenging their sister.|
|Vidicta's memory.||Gorvek hides and raises a surviving offspring of the dragon riders, Vindicta, who vows to avenge her kind, hunted down by the Twin Furies.|
|Final memory.||The four generals confront each other in the Heart of Gielinor.|
|6 July 2015||Tuska Comes||Tuska's defeat||Cinematic||Kara-Meir / Wizard Chambers|
|29 June 2015||Hero's Welcome||The arrival of V.||V arrives to a celebration near Rellekka.||Cinematic||Shrine to V|
|The death of V.||Sakirth uses the Mirror to transfer V's energy into Tarshak, killing the god and mutating the fellow dragonkin.|
|23 February 2015||Dishonour among Thieves||The Destruction of Forinthry||Cornered by the alliance of Armadyl, Bandos and Saradomin, Zamorak uses the Stone of Jas to lay waste to Forinthry.||Chatbox||Communication device|
|Zamorak and Sliske arrive.||Zamorak appears in Sliske's lair, trying to attack Nomad, who escapes. As Zamorak draws power from the Stone of Jas, Sliske appears and incapacitates the Zamorakians.||Cinematic|
|2 June 2014||The Mighty Fall||Graardor's defeat||Zarador|
|Zanik's freedom / Zanik's death|
|22 April 2014||A Shadow over Ashdale||First appearance of a crassian||Dead man's chest|
|Emergence of Agoroth|
|24 March 2014||Fate of the Gods||Zaros takes the divine simulacrum, Mah wakes and Zaros teleports the player and himself away.||Cinematic||Shard of Zaros|
|11 December 2013||The Bird and the Beast||The Bird and the Beast - Opening cutscene||Cinematic||Goutbones|
|21 January 2014||The Bird and the Beast - Finale cutscene|
|15 October 2013||Missing, Presumed Death||Sliske's Grand Entrance||Statue of Death|
|Releasing the Dragonkin|
|The Great Escape|
|13 August 2013||The Death of Chivalry||Saradomin's Arrival||Skull of Remembrance|
|Deliberately Distressed Damsel|
|Player's Sacrifice / Sir Owen's Sacrifice|
|Knight of the Living Dead|
|Righteous Fury / Saradomin's Gift|
|22 July 2013||Battle of Lumbridge||Battle of Lumbridge - Opening cutscene||Cinematic||Saradominist preacher|
|2 October 2013||Battle of Lumbridge - Finale cutscene|
|4 March 2013||The World Wakes||Meeting Cres||Guthixian High Druid|
|Zilyana confronting Cres|
|Sliske dealing his final blow|
|31 January 2012||Death Plateau||Imperial Guard ambush||N/A|
|31 January 2012||Druidic Ritual||The power of Guthix||N/A|
There is also a cutscene that can be re-viewed, the draynor bank robbery, at 50gp per watch, with the first time free. Also as of the 15 March 2011, a band called the Bard Roberts and the Stanky Penguins can play a musical cutscene summarising the events from pirate quest series, for free.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
A typical cutscene featuring chatboxes where player controls the progress of the cutscene and can use Examine.
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 6 February 2023 (Update):
- Fixed instances where the 'Remove Roofs' display setting would get overwritten when viewing certain Wanted! quest cutscenes.
- Fixed inconsistent draw distances in cutscenes after adjusting graphics settings.
- patch 5 July 2021 (Update):
- Increased the size of text on 2D cutscenes. It will now also scale with screen size.
- patch 17 May 2021 (Update):
- The floating Treasure Hunter Keys UI element will no longer appear on top of cutscenes if it was not closed prior to the cutscene.
- ninja 9 November 2015 (Update):
- Players can now toggle the cutscene when travelling by ship via the Gameplay Settings.
- patch 25 September 2013 (Update):
- A bloom issue during the stone of Jas cutscene in the While Guthix Sleeps quest has been corrected.
- patch 10 September 2013 (Update):
- A missing particle emitter from the opening game cutscene has been replaced.
- Several issues with the opening Battle of Lumbridge cutscene have been fixed.
- Copernicus Glyph will now only appear in one place during the Lumbridge God Statues building cutscene.
- A camera issue during a cutscene in Quiet Before the Swarm has been fixed.
- patch 20 August 2013 (Update):
- Hovering the mouse cursor over monsters in cutscenes no longer displays their lifepoints.
- patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
- The chatbox can now be moved and resized in the God Statues D&D as well as in cutscenes, edit mode, world map and when transmogrified.
- Several cutscenes now have names and examines hidden when played.
- patch 22 July 2013 (Update):
- An issue with the game not rendering fog after watching certain cutscenes has been fixed.
- patch 20 May 2013 (Update):
- Some goblins in a cutscene in the As a First Resort quest have been graphically reworked.
- patch 28 March 2011 (Update):
- It is no longer possible to interact with a familiar during cutscenes.
- patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
- Ensured poison is properly cured during a cutscene and the green glow on the status globe is turned off.
- patch 18 August 2009 (Update):
- Tidied up a cutscene in A Soul's Bane and made the NPCs face players correctly.
- Stopped Safalaan stretching during a cutscene in the Legacy of Seergaze quest.
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Jagex. "How do you feel about the cutscenes in the game?", Question 1. 3 June 2005. RuneScape Polls.