Old School RuneScape (OSRS), an MMORPG name that started almost two years ago, has closed a community survey which was voting on the implementation of"Partnerships." Essentially, Partnerships revolve around the concept that some new things and features would first become accessible to"Partners" of Old School RuneScape, prior to being published to the general populace.
That really is nothing new, as last year that the developers of RuneScape"partnered" with Twitch to let Prime members early access to a new purple skin color. When the promotional event had ended, they then allowed all players to use the pigment. The RuneScape community did not like the notion back then, and they still don't like it today. A subreddit devoted to OSRS has slammed the idea repeatedly over the past week. Many users are asserting that this brings the game one step closer to getting full blown microtransactions. Other people see this as"microtransactions by means of a third party," since players who have paid to become spouses with a different company are rewarded with exclusive items.
Happily Jagex, the developers of OSRS, have stated they won't include any new content to the game without polling the community. This is accomplished with an in-game voting booth where members can cast their virtual ballots. Due to this particular voting system, most of the community is happy with any adjustments made to the game that is nostalgic. The survey was set to close on Monday the 8th, however early polling results were so negative Jagex decided to close the stalls early. A formal statement from the provider indicates that not only were the surveys extremely one-sided, however, the general hatred around the subject forced them to abandon the idea. They state they were in no way trying to add microtransactions into the game and are frustrated the community thought they'd do anything.
Obviously, they did exactly that using Runescape 3, a move which many claim stunted the growth of the title. OSRS is a Free to Perform name, but it supplies a monthly subscription that adds countless hours of additional content. The simple fact that any sort of monetization was discussed when the title already includes a monthly subscription was likely the reason for such a backlash in the community.