I'd be curious how many OSRS players had never played RuneScape prior to trying OSRS; certainly at least a few due to cheap OSRS Gold the simple fact that it's become a bit of a but it can not be very many. I envision interest in a 13 year really grind-heavy obsolete MMORPG running on a 20 year old spaghetti powered motor is high among younger viewers that didn't grow up playing RuneScape to start with. Some kind of RuneScape Remastered or MMO set in the RuneScape universe might be RuneScape's sole hope. You're absolutely correct about Jagex's dreadful handling of every other game they've ever made, so I am hardly optimistic.
Look at steam numbers, or participant counts on games like cod. Runescape normally has 20kish players online. Thats 24/7 games dream of numbers like that. The games that are complete have players. Can it be less than it had sure, is it to death? Not even near it. If you make a match now you expect is has even a small percent of these gamers. Look at wolcen, they had like players on the first day and they didn't even imagine or prepare that many gamers so the servers required a shit.
There are still to many games now times for games to support numbers such as they used to in the rpg and mmo facet of the market. Shooters they come and go every year and always have, just CS retains players. RS3 includes a good 20-30k on much at any particular time. With upwards of like 45k at peaks. It'd be to low 20's in position if we're comparing to steam charts. That is a good spot to be in considering that's where a lot of the games that are popular set on steam graphs such as fantasy and ESO.
My guess is it's going to be an entirely new and different MMO instead of remastering the exact old code we perform today, I don't think they think it's worth to remaster RuneScape in dread of it being unsuccessful and result in loss of players. Brand recognition is the best marketing tool there is, particularly when it's one using the massive quantity of nostalgia that Runescape brings to a lot of people. The rumours of RuneScape: Remastered are that it is an entirely new game that shares some lore out of RuneScape, but could be set a bit later in the deadline and have a completely new world (possibly sharing a few of the same places as the current RuneScape, but reconstructed from the ground up with no grid and other constraints of the engine).
So it basically is a completely brand new MMO, but they are using RuneScape more as a franchise than to refer to a certain game (or two games, I figure ). It is probably only called"RuneScape Remastered" for advertising purposes. There are a slew of people who played with RuneScape at a certain point in their lives, but are not actively following the news about Jagex. If they launch a game called"RuneScape Remastered" that they will likely get much more traction on buy RS gold the internet than when they would launch an entirely separate MMO with a very different title.