RuneScape is undoubtedly one of the most successful and long-lasting MMORPG’s ever released. In fact, the game is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021. To celebrate, developer/publisher Jagex has teamed with Dark Horse Books to release an art book called RuneScape: The First 20 Years – An Illustrated History.As the title suggests, this art book serves as a retrospective of a game that’s evolved quite a bit over the course of two decades. The book features interviews and developer commentary along with hundreds of behind-the-scenes images. Check out the cover art below:

Image Credit: Dark Horse

The standard hardcover edition is priced at $39.99 and will be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and various other book retailers and comic shops. Dark Horse is also releasing a deluxe edition slipcase set that includes a new cover, a hardbound folio of art prints and gold foil-lined pages. The deluxe edition is priced at $99.99 and will be sold exclusively through the RuneScape Merch Store.

Image Credit: Dark Horse.

Image Credit: Dark Horse.

“I am delighted Jagex is teaming up with Dark Horse, an illustrious company that shares our passion for delivering high-quality creative storytelling,” said Jagex CEO Phil Mansell in a statement. “20 years of RuneScape is a massive milestone for Jagex and our games, and I thank our community for being on this incredible journey with us. RuneScape: The First 20 Years will provide our players with a unique insight into the story of the past two decades and a chance to explore RuneScape’s fantasy world of Gielinor like never before.”

Both versions of RuneScape: The First 20 Years will be released on October 5, 2021.

This is just the latest in a series of retrospective art books published by Dark Horse. Previously, the company announced The Art of Trover Saves the Universe, The Art of Halo Infinite and The World of Cyberpunk 2077. Check out the video below to see IGN’s Brian Altano and Max Scoville unboxing both versions of The World of Cyberpunk 2077:

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