We have also stuck into our origins of freedom of choice. We're proud of the fact that you don't have to specialise in RuneScape, and we never plan to make a class system that locks out gameplay dependent on the decisions you made when you created your account. I can't say too much just yet, but we are making a bunch of really cool adjustments to ensure that, however you develop your character, you will have an array of viable combat options available to you. Stay tuned for more info in a future Og Blog!
Simplify balancing and code. The RuneScape code base has more than a decade of development layered on it, and may be a tricky place for developers to work. Starting new with a centralised system means that we can spend less time sifting through our code heritage and more time making amazing content for you to enjoy. It is also the perfect time to rebalance many of the items that are badly represented in the current game (such as adding more benefit to 2h gear throughout melee and ranged, and restructuring'weakening' charms ), and reconsider those items we believe to become overly powerful. This means that every single piece of gear will have strategic options associated with it, through its stats, related NPC flaws, and skills available whilst using it. As I've mentioned previously, the association between DPS and healing right now makes adding higher levelled equipment very tough, so we're rebalancing all of that also, giving players the ability to get tons more life points by wearing more armour. This, in turn, provides us the freedom to discharge bigger and better gear later on that is for more suited to our own elite gamers (those with one or more combat-related levels at 90+).
What will happen to the price my items? Just like many things in life, the impact of change is often unpredictable. As such it is a dangerous time to be trading or speculating on the way items might rise or fall in value. We are very likely to be modifying stats, effects, special skills etc during the beta, so the price of things at the live match will probably vary greatly and erratically.