Wednesday 17th December 2014, Cambridge, UK – Jagex Games Studio, creators and custodians of the fantasy MMORPG, RuneScape has announced a flurry of content for the game this winter, including a new frosty boss monster and snowboarding.
The ‘Festive Cheer’ event begins via a conversation with Santa Claus which then allows players to interact with various activities around the event locations. A giant Christmas cracker is currently being built by players from 250,000 pieces of paper earned by delivering a gift a day to various NPC recipients. Once built, players will be invited to help pull the cracker and share multiple presents of XP lamp items and mirthful jokes.
Festive Cheer will also see the arrival of a new boss monster, named ‘Snowverload’ by players as part of the game’s Player Power initiative. Overcoming this creature in a snowball fight means players secure more festive paper for the giant cracker.
In addition to this the RuneScape world of Gielinor will debut a new sport for players this winter, as snowboarding comes to the game. Initially, players will have to gather all of the snow elementals and speak with the Queen of Snow to get their snowboard before they hit the slopes. Higher-tiered snowboards become unlocked as players gain snowboarding reputation by successfully performing tricks and completing the grind rail.
“The Christmas Fair event was incredibly well received in RuneScape last year, so it’s great to get into the spirit once again with this year’s ‘Festive Cheer’. The development team has been working hard to ensure there’s a mix of activities for players to participate in, not least snowboarding,” said Phil Mansell, vice president of RuneScape. “For some, winter is coming – for the RuneScape community, winter is already here!”
December also sees the culmination of RuneScape’s seasonal charity drive with a partnership between the game and international charity, Oxfam. Throughout the month players can make a gift of in-game Bonds that will be exchanged into a donation of real-world cash into the charity’s coffers.