The Java-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) Runescape (RS) was developed by Jagex Ltd in January 2001. Runescape 2 (RS2) was an update released in March 2004 to improve the game’s graphics and in May 2006 additional updates were completed to further improve the quality of the graphics.
Players have the option of signing up for a P2P (pay to play) or F2P (free to play) Runescape 2 account. Currently there are nine million active F2P members and over one million P2P members. There are over 150 servers which are located in Australia, Finland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States, and Sweden. Each server allows a max capacity of 2,000 players and are divided between F2P and P2P servers.
Unlike many other MMORPG games all Runescape 2 character are human. Players may choose the gender, facial features, hairstyle, hair and skin color, and clothing when creating their character and can obtain additional Runescape 2 clothing, armor, weapons, and items to further customize and enhance their characters appearances. They can also express emotions by using different RS2 emotes.