We can also expect to see new gameplay features and "heralds in ground-breaking" content that's player-driven. The MMO will be using HTML 5, which means no need for Java or other plugins.
Improved visuals, audio and general mechanics are all made possible through the latest HTML platform. Player decisions will be "directly shaping the future of Gielinor," say Jagex.
"We received fantastic praise from our passionate RuneScape community when we first revealed the development of RuneScape 3, so we’re thrilled to be able to confirm the 22 July launch date for the most significant update in the game’s history,” said Phil Mansell, Executive Producer of RuneScape 3.
“Our pioneering use of HTML 5 technology continues to place us at the forefront of browser-based gaming innovation, and will result in a truly amazing gaming experience for players.”
“RuneScape continues to go from strength to strength, and with the launch of RuneScape 3 this year we will no doubt continue on that upward trajectory,” stated Mark Gerhard, CEO of Jagex. “We have a solid line up of the most ambitious innovative content and ground breaking technical innovations ever, all of which will be coming to fruition over the course of the next few months, it’s going to be an incredibly exciting time for the community both past and present."
The latest 'Behind the Scenes' video for RuneScape 3 is below.