2021 has dawned, and with it a particular milestone anniversary of one of the best MMOs on PC. RuneScape launched on January 4, 2001 which implies the massively multiplayer game is 20 – sure, 20 – years outdated this very day. To have fun its birthday, developer Jagex is launching a year-long sequence of “anniversary-themed game content”, some of which can let gamers delve deep into the title’s previous, current, and future.

The first of the anniversary content drops into RuneScape in the present day with an occasion referred to as The Grand Party. The content ushers in some of the long-running MMORPG’s “most recognisable characters”, Jagex says in a press launch, corresponding to the Sandwich Lady and Wise Old Man (keep in mind them?) in Lumbridge Crater. The occasion additionally provides a batch of space buffs, collectable in-game rewards like an anniversary outfit and cape, and a hearty dose of nostalgia in the type of references to days of RuneScape previous.

Starting January 25 with the scene-setting Foreshadowing prologue, the sport gets a four-part 20th anniversary quest referred to as Once Upon a Time which can run over 2021, and take a peep at the game’s future in addition to its previous.

Plus, this year there’ll be an “epic elder gods story arc” to sink your tooth into, too. Details are sparse on what this can carry proper now, however the dev teases that these elder gods, “the beings who forged Gielinor, rise once again”. Gulp.

Sister sport Old School RuneScape is getting its personal celebration, too. Players will battle beasties – that’s, “demons and dragons of yore” – alongside the Green Gnome Child, beginning this week. Sweet.

If you’re a fan, make sure you take a look at our look at how Runescape’s party hat became so valuable, with the humble celebration hat that was designed to be a junk merchandise now price billions of in-game gold.