Why Jagex is helping a RuneScape player make an idle game based on its flagship RPG

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by James Batchelor

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Many a video game has inspired an aspiring developer to make their own. But it’s rare to have a derivative work picked up by the company behind the original title.

This, however, was the case for Brendan Malcolm, the one-man team at Australian developer Games By Malcs, whose idle RPG Melvor Idle is being published by Jagex, the creator of RuneScape — a title that was core to Malcolm’s motivation behind his own project.

Melvor Idle strips away the graphics and 3D environments of RuneScape and similar MMOs and distills it down to a menu-based idle game,

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