Latest news on the new RuneScape engine
I haven't had a chance to write about the latest developments on our big update for a while, but we're still very very hard at work on it.
Many of the original quests have now been converted across to the new system and are fully working under the new engine. The new animation capabilities of the new engine mean you now see everything happen that is described in the quests, so for instance when you kill delrith there is an animated sequence of him being sucked in the portal, and when you fire the balista on the battle field you'll see the huge balista bolt flying through the air across the battle-field.
In terms of the programming which I have been doing - most the big tasks are now done, but there are still many small tasks left to complete to make it feel totally finished. I'm now basically implementing new features and making tweaks as the development team needs them, and so far I've made about 80 improvements/tweaks to the engine in this way in the last month.
The main thing that still needs finishing is a lot of conversion and content work to do to make sure all the quests and skills are available under the new system, and that they take full advantage of the new engines capabilities. Therefore the whole development team are now spending most of their time on this to get it completed.
It will be released when it's ready! :-)
I'm not going to try and give an estimate of when I think the public-beta will be ready, because my estimates are always misinterpreted as promised release dates. We're making great progress - but it will still be at least a couple of months before everything is complete, since we obviously don't want to mess up this update by rushing it out before it's ready. Thanks for your patience.
In the meanwhile there are several more quests going through testing right now for release into the current game to keep you busy.
Finally, I'd just like to remind you that you should NEVER enter your password ANYWHERE but RuneScape.com. When the update is ready for testing we will put it here on RuneScape.com for everyone to see, and will post about it in our 'news'. Beware scam sites or emails that offer to let you try it out early, they are merely trying to steal your password.
Here are some more screenshots, which show just a small fraction of the new features which were completed in the last month.
Here you can see the combat system is now working. Multi-way combat is fully functional now too.
Here's a shot of East Ardougne market
Wizard Traiborn in the demon slayer quest. In this screenshot you can also see how when standing upstairs you can now still see down below, rather than it going black outside.
I've finished all of the interface code now, which means windows such as the shop system are now fully working. The items in the shop and the items you are holding are now shown on seperate parts of the screen to make the shops easier to use.