Runelite HD is a mod (made by one person, 117) that takes Old School RuneScape and gives it an HD makeover.
As far back as 2018, Jagex were issuing legal threats against mods like this, claiming they were copyright infringement. However, those appeared to have blown over as Jagex gave their blessing to the original Runelite.
Yet earlier this week, just hours before the improved Runelite HD was due for an official release, 117 was contacted by Jagex, demanding that work stop and that the release be cancelled. This time, however, it’s not down to copyright claims, but because Jagex says they’re making their own HD upgrade.
While that sounds somewhat fair at first, there’s a huge problem. Runelite HD doesn’t actually seem to break any of Jagex’s modding guidelines, and the company says that new guidelines that spell out the fact Runelite HD does actually break its guidelines are being released next week.
Understandably, fans think this is incredibly shady, and have begun staging an in-game protest:
Mod creator 117 says they attempted to compromise with Jagex, even offering to remove their mod once the company had finished and released their own efforts, but, “they declined outright,” seemingly spelling the end for a project that had consumed, “approximately over 2000 hours of work over two years.”
Way to go, another company like GTA’s take two interactive, pissing off their player base.