A Rollback is the reversion of in-game content to an earlier state. Rollbacks within Old School RuneScape are used under very strict and rare circumstances. They are generally used to eradicate a problem that cannot be corrected by conventional methods. A rollback can also be referring to a Jagex Moderator resetting a player's stats.
Rollbacks have been a point of player concern, particularly the fact that items may be duplicated if a player is able to predict a rollback.
Cases of rollbacks[edit | edit source]
There was a rollback on 6 February 2016. People reported cases of being rolled back at least 20 minutes. This was most likely due to a bug where players were finding themselves unable to log in for hours; these players got the Your account is already logged in message even though their accounts weren't logged in.
There have been various other instances of rollbacks occurring, such as during the celebration of Old School RuneScape's fifth birthday, when a world crashed, presumably due to Jagex Moderators spawning too many items on the ground at once. Players were, again, unable to log in, and received the Your account is already logged in message. Once the world was restarted, players found their accounts to have been rolled back to approximately 30 minutes before the world crashed.
Two months later, on 29 April 2018, world 343 crashed due to inadvertent third-party interference, which caused large numbers of legitimate players to log in to world 343 at the same time, as well as many items being dropped on the ground. Again, players could not log back in and were rolled back to approximately 30 minutes before the world crashed.
Coin pouch glitch[edit | edit source]
On 12 July 2018, an update introduced a glitch where stackable items would turn into 2,147,482,647 coins, the highest possible amount a stack of items can hold. The game servers were taken offline while Jagex investigated the issue to fix it, and after approximately six hours, the game was made playable again. The servers were rolled back to the time of the update, meaning players who played between the update and the reboot would lose up to 20 minutes of progress.
Some players used coins generated by the glitch to purchase bonds for membership. Jagex removed the illegitimately obtained membership from these accounts and players who abused this bug were temporarily banned.
Twisted bow glitch[edit | edit source]
On 28 February 2019, an update accidentally added a twisted bow spawn by the Farming Guild. Although initially Jagex considered tracking down the bows spawned and removing them, as well as other items bought with them, the game was taken down approximately two hours after the update. The servers were rolled back to the time of the update, and the game was made online after two hours of downtime.
As with the coin pouch glitch, players who abused the glitch by purchasing bonds with wealth from the illegitimately obtained twisted bows had action taken against their account.
Sins of the Father glitch[edit | edit source]
On 4 June 2020, with the release of Sins of the Father, a problem occurred involving players' save states that involved items in players' equipped items and items in their inventory disappearing and being replaced by other items. This resulted in a rollback of the game servers.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Farming crops that have not fully grown continue to grow as normal during a rollback, due to the growth time working off a real world clock.
References[edit | edit source]
- Jagex. Old School RuneScape's Twitter account. 4 June 2020. (Archived from the original on 4 June 2020.) Old School RuneScape: "We'd like to apologise for any inconvenience, due to a problem with players' save games we're turning the game off temporarily. We're just as excited for Darkmeyer as you are, and we're working the bring the game back online as soon as possible."
- Jagex. Old School RuneScape's Twitter account. 4 June 2020. (Archived from the original on 4 June 2020.) Old School RuneScape: "We're going to rollback the game which will mean it remains offline for a few hours. We'll keep you updated throughout. We'd like to apologise again, and we greatly appreciate your patience whilst we resolve this issue."
- Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 28 February 2019. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2019.) Mod Ash: "Farming works off a real world clock, so even if your activity got rolled back, time carried on progressing for the patches."