Old School RuneScape Wilderness Changes Might Be On The Way

The Wilderness is a controversial topic for most Old School RuneScape players, but it looks like Jagex might be bringing sweeping changes to the PvP zone in a future update. The development team recently posted a “Wilderness Changes Survey” to its website, asking players detailed questions about why they visit – or refuse to visit – the dangerous location.

The survey is brief but comprehensive, covering topics such as Skulltricking, Wilderness bosses, and skilling content. It also asks whether you think the Wilderness “offers a good balance between risk and reward,” and even goes as far as to ask for your own suggestions for the zone.

Here are a few of the most interesting questions brought up in the survey:

  • I think ‘Skulltricking’ within the Wilderness is a problem.
  • I think organized groups of players have too much of an advantage over solo players in single-way combat.
  • I would spend more time within the Wilderness if fights were fairer for solo players.
  • When adding new content to the Wilderness, the focus should be on end-game, best-in-slot rewards.
  • When adding new content to the Wilderness, the focus should be on new skilling activities.
  • I think the Wilderness bosses need to be reworked.

Jagex mentioned the poll is intended to influence the upcoming Wilderness Changes project that is expected to begin in May – although specifics for the project are yet to be announced.

The Wilderness is a PvP zone in OSRS that lets you attack other players of a similar level. The deeper into the Wilderness you go, the larger the level gap between you and your target becomes. Stepping just a few feet into the zone isn’t very dangerous, but venture deep into the deadly area and you could be attacked by players well above your skill level. It’s a fun but terrifying place to hang out, and it’s great to see Jagex giving the often-forgotten area a dedicated project.

The Wilderness Changes project is set to begin next month, but you can voice your opinion today in the Wilderness Changes Survey.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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