Runescape developer Jagex has announced they’re looking to get into the publishing business.
The news comes after the company noted they’ve hired former EA and NCSoft executive John Burns to lead the new initiative. Jagex CEO Phil Mansell noted (via GamesIndustry.biz) that the developer is looking to become “a go-to, third-party live games publisher” because they feel such a publisher for ‘live games’ doesn’t currently exist.
“We are [looking to be] a specialist, best-in-class, live games publisher, PC-first but not PC-only,” Mansell said. “We think there will be a big opportunity there.”
Jagex are unsure of how many games they’ll be able to sign on for publishing, however Mansell noted that it will probably be “in single digits” for now. As for what kind of games would make the cut, he noted that said games would have to be “very live and community-driven, they don’t have to be free-to-play, but there certainly needs to be a long-term business [plan].”
Lastly, Mansell said talked up the company’s overall direction, and his aspirations for their growth.
“I want us to become amongst the best in the world at this. If we are going to make this third age of Jagex a success, and go beyond the legacy of what we’ve had in the past, we have to build, not just competencies, but absolute market excellence.”
The company’s long-running free-to-play MMORPG, Runescape, is available for Windows PC, Mac, Linux, as well as most recently iOS and Android. There’s also their “Old School” version, if you’re looking to relive those high school/college days when you wasted time in class playing the game instead.