When we found out that we were going to be revisiting the wonderful world of RuneScape, we couldn’t have been more excited. With its rich 17-year history, we were honoured to be asked to create the main branding trailer for the prodigious game that has over 250 million registered players.

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"The animation was fairly restricted to minimal movements due to the nature of the 2.5D approach but I feel the amount of character and life we gave to the paintings was just right. Subtle details like eye darts and facial expressions were used to really push the final quality up. The finished animation along with the amazing FX work, really brings the piece together to create yet another beautiful looking cinematic.

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Will Eades

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The Results

Building on the 2.5D cinematics that we have previously made for RuneScape Eastern Lands and Mephanos, our artists set out to push the limits of what they could do, to an image projected on geometry. As Senior Generalist Chris Scubli explains, “Trying to achieve the illusion of 3D, while preserving the illustrative look became a fine balancing act.”

One of the biggest games in existence just got bigger. After 15 years and over 200 million accounts having been created, Runescape is widely acknowledged as being the world’s largest MMORPGs. Now it’s grown even bigger with the introduction of an entire new continent, including an archipelago of islands, which can be claimed as their own by adventurous players.
To announce the new content update, the games creator Jagex commissioned REALTIME to create a cinematic 2.5D motion graphics trailer which was made entirely out of animated artwork.

Working in 2.5D, as opposed to our native CG pipeline, allowed the team to take a different approach to visual storytelling. With this being the third major trailer produced by our production team, the team had become well versed in the world of Runescape and were challenged with developing a major marketing piece that would appeal to both new players and the legions of dedicated fans of the worlds most successful Free-to-play MMORPGs.


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