Last week we reported that veteran browser MMO RuneScape
was losing its ongoing war on bots
. Players have begun botting on a massive scale, and it's become increasingly difficult to distinguish bots from ordinary players. Developer Jagex
asked for help from the playerbase in solving the botting problem and announced its intention to continue fighting legal battles against the creators of bot programs.
In a new community update this week
, Jagex Chief Executive Officer Mark Gerhard
announced the release of a new doomsday weapon in the war on bots. In an upcoming patch on October 25th, Jagex will be "launching our most formidable bot-busting weapon in our history, targeting what we believe to be 98% of the bots seen in game." This update permanently prevents reflection bots from working and the effects should be immediately visible in-game. To celebrate "bot-nuking day", Tuesday's patch brings four days of events and minigame bonuses for regular players.
[Thanks to David for the tip!]