Over the last few weeks you have heard us talk about some new bot technology we have been working on. Now we are in a position to talk to you a bit more about it.
Probably the biggest issue that the community faces is bots. No one can deny that if you want to hunt red chinchompas, chop yew or magic trees or do any number of other activities in game, you are competing with bots. We know you think this isn’t right and neither do we.
We have heard a lot of you ask that if we can make RS3 bot free, why can’t we do the same for Old School? The simple reason for this is that a lot of the technology which allows us to identify and remove bots from RS3 does not fully exist in Old School. The changes that we need to make to incorporate this technology would be significantly game changing to Old School and that is something we need to avoid.
Currently we have some very good systems for identifying bots in Old School and we ban many thousands of bots every week, however we need to do more. One of the major issues we face is being able to identify bots among honest players that play the game. So, we have developed a system which will transfer a character that we think might be a bot to a special world where we can monitor them much more closely without causing any unnecessary disruption to honest players’ game play.
The impact of this will be two fold. Firstly, we expect it to free up the resource points so that honest players like you can play the game without competing with bots. Secondly, it will allow us to focus our systems on very small areas allowing us to clear out bots much more efficiently and accurately than we have ever done before.
The only down side this new system has is that some of our more efficient players may find themselves spirited into a new world. However, the transition is very smooth and the worlds look no different to normal worlds so you may not even notice. If you find yourself in a strange world that you do not expect to be in, simply log out and log into the world you want to be in. If a real player is moved to another world, you don’t need to worry about being banned. As we mentioned earlier these special worlds will allow us to be even more accurate in our detection of bots.
We believe this solution is the best fit for Old School. Not only will it make an immediate improvement to honest players’ gameplay, it will allow us to remove many more bots out of the game while not changing the fundamentals of what Old School is all about.
Mods Ash, John C, Mat K and Reach
The Old School Team