Wednesday 17th February 2016 (14:00 GMT) – Cambridge, UK – Hyper Hippo, the fun-time developers of the wildly popular capitalism simulator AdVenture Capitalist, and Jagex Games Studio, creators and custodians of RuneScape, the multi-award winning fantasy online adventure RPG celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, today announced a partnership that will see the creation of RuneScape: Idle Adventures. This multi-platform game will deliver a miniature RPG experience unlike any other, one that enables players to enjoy a RuneScape-themed adventure in just a few moments each day – anywhere, anytime.
Now in development at Hyper Hippo’s 25-strong studio in British Columbia, Canada, RuneScape: Idle Adventures is due to arrive this spring on Steam with mobile editions to follow. RuneScape: Idle Adventures marks the first time Jagex has worked with an external development partner to produce a new RuneScape-themed title.
In RuneScape: Idle Adventures players take on the role of a magnificent new RuneScape hero who sets out to nurture the world through noble efforts, including nothing less than fishing and growing cabbage. Players can look forward to the joys of RuneScape questing and monster fighting seen through a very different pair of eyes, dealing with beloved characters and mortal enemies alike. The game builds on the magic found in AdVenture Capitalist, where players with little time enjoy the many benefits of playing a game that plays itself.
With RuneScape: Idle Adventures, Hyper Hippo brings its hugely popular game design style to RuneScape’s fantasy world. The team’s most notable title, AdVenture Capitalist – the game that puts the fun in hedge fund, is a long-reigning top game by player count on Steam and is featured regularly on mobile stores with over 10 million downloads to date.
Said Lance Priebe, CEO, at Hyper Hippo:
“We’re huge fans of RuneScape and have great respect for its lore and heritage. By working closely together with the amazing storytellers at Jagex, we believe Runescape: Idle Adventures brings a depth to idle games that will be a game changer.”
Said Phil Mansell, VP of RuneScape, at Jagex Games Studio:
“The emerging idle genre is starting to make a real impact, with novel gameplay experiences propelling idle games into the Steam and mobile top charts. We think there are lots more innovative experiences to come, especially when blending narrative and RPG aspects with idle gameplay.”
“We love giving gamers the opportunity to have adventures with RuneScape in unexpected ways and idle gaming is an ideal way to deliver this. To take it there we needed to work with the best – the makers of the breakout success Adventure Capitalist. Our partnership with Hyper Hippo will make for a surprising mash-up of RuneScape’s lore, characters and realms and idle gaming.”
The collaboration between Jagex Games Studio and Hyper Hippo was announced as RuneScape celebrates its 15th year of creating adventures for its millions of players. RuneScape: Idle Adventures joins Jagex’s epic strategy card game, Chronicle: Legends of RuneScape, currently in beta, as a further RuneScape-themed title that extends the world of RuneScape gaming.
RuneScape: Idle Adventures is heading to PC Steam this spring with mobile and tablet editions to follow. Gamers can follow the latest updates on the game by following @rsidleadv
Starting in 2001 with their flagship free-to-play adventure game, RuneScape, Jagex has created a long-standing reputation for crafting the world’s best online games services. Today they stand as the UK’s largest independent games developers and publishers. Jagex prides itself on developing and publishing hugely popular, accessible, free-to-play online games for millions of players globally. For more information please visit www.Jagex.com.
About Hyper Hippo
Hyper Hippo creates virtual worlds and video games that are played by millions of fans around the world. Founded in 2012 by the creator of Club Penguin, Hyper Hippo builds games that are available on mobile, Steam and soon on major consoles. Based in beautiful British Columbia, Hyper Hippo brings together an exceptional team that is constantly innovating and exploring new ideas in game design. Major titles for Hyper Hippo include Adventure Capitalist – the world’s greatest capitalism simulator.