Below is a list in my opinion of the best and worst years in Runescape.
The removal of the wilderness in December of 2007 along with removal of free trade soon after made many players quit and others questioned the direction of the game. 2008 was also the mark of a new era in Runescape with the HD graphics, Summoning, the Grand Exchange and the wilderness being converted into a unattackable place full of revenants. This made many players begin to complain and drift away as Runescape was changing in ways they werne't used to. You also have to remember that players were still getting used to still the removal of the wilderness at this time. Also the highly anticipated PvP worlds didn't come out till 2009. 2008 was also the year is when the playerbase began to decline as well. All in all, 2008 wasn't a good year for Runescape.
The playerbase was at an all time low and the future of Runescape was questioned in 2013 as a result of the EOC update back in late 2012. PvP took the hardest hit as many angered pkers switched over to OSRS when it was released in February of 2013. Minigames that were previously active had been left ghosted towned such as Soul Wars, purple portal clan wars, stealing creation, fist of guthix, and others.
The new year of 2013 started off great but the coming of summer caused the playerbase to take a nose dive which saw many players quit. By the end of 2013, Runescape's playerbase was at an all time low which to this day, is still unmatched.
2013 was the worst year in Runescape in terms of playerbase count and the end of the year left many in question about the future of the game.
2006 was when Runescape was considered to be in it's prime at least in terms of popularity. Many kids at your school probably played and talked about Runescape. Almost every kid tried out Runescape at least once during this time. This was the year when many people started to play for the first time.
This itself makes it one of the best years in Runescape because of it's popularity back in the mid 2000s.
2. 2009 and 2010
Players were now used to the removal of the wilderness and there was still an active enough playerbase in 2010 that the game was still fun. Soul Wars was active, revenant hunting became a thing, house parties were still going strong, 1 iteming bounty world attendence was plentiful, and i'm sure PvM was popular as well, not to mention the kickass 2010 halloween event where you got to fight j mods who turned into zombies! 2010 was a good year because whether you were into pvp, pvm, or skilling, there was an active enough playerbase to where you could have fun doing whatever you wanted. This was the best year of the Runescape HD era 2008-November 2012
The high anticipated restoration of the wilderness in 2011 brought many players back but also caused rev hunting, 1 iteming worlds, to dissapear.
After a disastrous 2013, the future of the game was put into question. PvP was considered dead in the main game and the OSRS playerbase was in a major decline. Jagex knew something had to be done so they responded by releasing the legacy update in the summer of 2014 which introduced the old combat system back to Runescape 3. Immediately, previously unused pvp spots became popular again for the rest of 2014 such as Clan Wars, Soul Wars, and others.
Mod MMG was also let go at the end of this year and even though he seemed like a nice guy, he was responsible for all of the stupid ass updates all throughout 2008 to 2013 that led to many players quitting. 2014 was finally the year where Jagex got it through their heads that changing a major aspect of a game, especially if it's pvp related is a REALLY BAD IDEA. Unfortunately they realized this AFTER they lost a good portion of their playerbase.
The legacy update, along with making OSRS F2P in early 2015 saved Runescape. Had Jagex never implemented any of these, 2015 could have been Runescape's last year in business. Therefore 2014 is one of the better years in Runescape because of the legacy update.
After taking my time machine to the year 2017, I was surprised to find out that OSRS had overtaken Runescape 3 as the most popular game. Runescape 3 had increased the level cap to 120 and got rid of the FFA portal at Clan Wars and as a result caused many angry players to switch over to OSRS.
OSRS in 2017 now has 65k active players during the summer compared to Runescape 3's laughable 20k. Soul Wars was released to the game at an unknown time and is fairly active, the previously cancelled continent Zeah was fully released in September, and Clan Wars and Duel Arena are the hotspots for F2P interaction and pvp. New features were also added such as a new mini-game where a group of up to 25 players had to survives hordes of NPCS and whom ever was the last alive or survived all 15 waves was the winner.
Clan Wars now has the option of up to 4 fc's fighting each other in one game and two fc's also had the option of being an "ally" so Clan Wars could literally be 200 vs 200 or 100 vs 100 vs 100 vs 100 maximum. This led to some pretty epic large scale wars.. During my trip to 2017, I stayed with my self from the future and together, we fought in a 45 vs 51 vs 36 war that was absolutely badass! You've never experienced Clan Wars until you've fight in a triple battle! I even made it to the top 7 on my team and got the fight all recorded as well. Unfortunately the tape was corrupted so I am unable to upload it to Youtube to show it.
So for all of you Clan Wars lovers out there, 2017 is going to be a hell of a year for you so stick around.
Edited by Spikedude35, 30 January 2016 - 1:38 PM.