Old School RuneScape (OSRS), an MMORPG name that started almost two years ago, has recently closed a community survey which was voting on RS Gold the implementation of"Partnerships." In essence, Partnerships revolve around the idea that some new items and features would become accessible to"Partners" of Old School RuneScape, prior to being released to the general populace.
That is nothing new, as last year the developers of RuneScape"partnered" with Twitch to allow Prime members early access to some new purple skin color. The RuneScape community didn't like the concept back then, and they still don't like it now. A subreddit dedicated to OSRS has contested the idea repeatedly over the last week. Many users are claiming that this brings the game one step closer to having full blown microtransactions. Others view this as"microtransactions via a third party," since players that have paid to become spouses with another company are rewarded with exclusive products.
Happily Jagex, the developers of OSRS, have stated they will not include any new content into the game without first polling the neighborhood. This is accomplished with an in-game voting booth in which members may throw their virtual ballots. Due to this particular voting system, the majority of the community is happy with any changes made to the game that is nostalgic. The poll was set to close on Monday the 8th, however early polling results were so negative Jagex decided to shut the stalls early. An official statement from the company indicates that not only were the surveys exceptionally one-sided, but the general hatred around the topic forced them to abandon the thought. They state that they had been in no way attempting to add microtransactions to the game and are frustrated the community believed they would do anything.
Of course, they did precisely that with Runescape 3, a movement which many claim stunted the growth of the title. OSRS is a Free to Perform name, but it supplies a monthly subscription which adds hundreds of hours of extra content. The simple fact that any type of OSRS Buy Gold monetization was being discussed when the name already includes a monthly subscription was likely the reason for such a backlash from the community.