You suggested it and now its finally here – RuneScape has a brand new region waiting for you to set sail and explore.
Once you meet the requirements, head over to The Arc islands via Port Sarim for skilling, hunting, slaying and so much more.
When you've earned yourself some currency there, blast into the neighbouring Uncharted Isles and lay claim to your very own island paradise.
Also this week is the lifting of the Invention XP-item amnesty. Read on for all the details about that, as well as our usual patch notes, streaming info and other news.
RuneScape members only.
To access the Arc islands, you only need to have completed the miniquest Impressing the Locals. Speak to Trader Stan in Port Sarim to begin.
To explore the uncharted isles and claim your own island you must have one or more of the following skills at level 90: Fishing, Hunter, Slayer and Woodcutting.
Miniquests in and around the Arc islands will have individual requirements.
The Arc Islands
The first three islands of an area called The Arc are now here for you to explore!
Get ready for a host of different action-packed activities, challenges, skilling opportunities, miniquests, characters, nuggets of lore and so much more.
Arrive first at the trade hub of Waiko. Talk to the various characters who inhabit this bustling and vibrant marketplace.
Take on miniquests, continue the Slaver storyline or carry out tasks to earn the unique currency, chimes, which can be spent on the resources necessary to start the second part of this initial Eastern Lands release: exploring the Uncharted Isles, but more on that later in the post!
Secondly, travel to Whale's Maw. Located in prime fishing waters this is the perfect spot for training your Fishing and Hunter skills.
Finally there's Aminishi – a Slayer-focussed island. Investigate the mysterious cult of monks who inhabit it and discover their links to the monstrous spirit dragons. What secrets will you discover in this strange and wondrous place?
Additional islands, some of which you can see on the Arc's map screen, will be added in future content releases. For now, let's look at the other part of this bumper initial Eastern Lands update.
Explore the Uncharted Isles – find your own island paradise
Once you have earned enough chimes, the unique currency of the Eastern Lands, you will be able to spend them on Supplies from the market in Waiko. Once you have enough Supplies (and meet a level requirement – detailed above) you will be able to explore the Uncharted Isles.
This is a procedurally generated region where every voyage brings up more uniquely shaped islands with random assortments of resources.
Land on any island you discover, skill, kill or chill there for a while, then move on to the next one in search of different riches.
This is where the really high-level skilling is to be discovered in the Eastern Lands and you'll have to keep on exploring the Uncharted Isles for a chance to find it.
When you find one you like, place a flag on it to save it as your own permanent, private resort. Once decided upon, you can return to your island whenever you like. Perhaps you picked it because of its abundance of useful skilling resources or perhaps you just like the shape – it's up to you to explore and discover. You can even add customisation to your new base too, including a fabulous hammock that you can use to change the time of day.
The best islands with the biggest riches will cost the most of supplies to reach. Save up by taking part in as many Arc activities as possible and launch a voyage farther into the unknown that any Scaper has gone before!
Remember - this is only the first part of the Eastern Lands expansion and many more features are planned. Stay tuned for further news of the upcoming additions to this wonderful new horizon for RuneScape. Now get exploring!
The Eastern Lands are all about exploring and it's a clean slate for you all. What will you discover?
The RuneScape Team
SGS New Arrival - Flourishing Fairy Outfit
Head to Solomon's General Store now and pick up the first outfit in the Fae Collection: The Flourishing Fairy Outfit.
The Flourishing Fairy Outfit is designed with recolourable petals and comes with a unique teleport animation, especially designed for the Fae Collection. The Flourishing Fairy teleport animation will let your character flutter up, up and away! Grab it now!
Invention XP Amnesty
You will now be able to buff your Invention progress by using items such as prismatic lamps, stars other sources of regular or Bonus XP.
However, please bear in mind that Invention is a unique skill and a very different beast to other skills. After much internal debate, and taking into account your feedback, we've decided to take a different approach.
Further details and specific points can be found in a dedicated thread on the forum.
Summer Special – last chance!
Refresh your membership in time to enjoy the Arc in the best way possible with this years Summer Special offer but you dont have long left – it ends 31st July.
3 months for the price of 2 and a powerful, unique Illumination aura can be yours. Get it now!
Patch notes for this week's update can be found in the forum thread.
Each week we livestream Q&As, in-game events and more. Watch the streams and find a full streaming schedule on the Twitch channel. Check the YouTube channel for videos you may have missed.
This week, we'll be talking all-things Mining and Smithing – are you ready for our updated plans for the rework?
Tuesday, July 26th | 16:00 Game Time | Mining and Smithing Showcase #2
You may have watched our first Mining and Smithing showcase in June. Since then, the Dukes have been hard at work refining and forging an updated concept for your eyes only this Tuesday.
Watch from 16:00 Game Time to find out more about Septembers rework.
Ask your questions on our forums, Reddit, or by using #RSQA on Twitter!
Friday, July 29th | 20:00 Game Time | Update preview with Mod Shauny
Find out what you can expect from Monday's patches and more with Mod Shauny this Friday night!
Sunday, July 31st | 19:00 Game Time | PvM with Mod Lee!
Mod Lee will be hosting some Community PvM goodness live on Twitch!
In Other News
Snapchat takeover – Mod JD – Thursday
It's the turn of our Social Media Manager, Mod JD, to take over the RuneScape Snapchat. If you're lucky, he'll show off some of his #MadPaintSkillz live on our Snapchat story (and lots more).
Check out a day in his life (and maybe get some sneaky teasers) at runescapegame on Snapchat, and share your favourite screenshots using #JModSnapchatTakeover on Twitter and Instagram!