Building on the 2.5D cinematics that we have previously made for RuneScape Eastern Lands and Mephanos, our artists set out to push the limits of what they could do, to an image projected on geometry. As Senior Generalist Chris Scubli explains, “Trying to achieve the illusion of 3D, while preserving the illustrative look became a fine balancing act.”
Lead Animator Will Eades also weighed in, on creating a cinematic feel to an illustrative world- “The animation was fairly restricted to minimal movements due to the nature of the 2.5D approach but I feel the amount of character and life we gave to the paintings was just right. Subtle details like eye darts and facial expressions were used to really push the final quality up. The finished animation along with the amazing FX work, really brings the piece together to create yet another beautiful looking cinematic.”
Eastern Lands expansion
One of the biggest games in existence just got bigger. After 15 years and over 200 million accounts having been created, Runescape is widely acknowledged as being the world’s largest MMORPGs. Now it’s grown even bigger with the introduction of an entire new continent, including an archipelago of islands, which can be claimed as their own by adventurous players.
To announce the new content update, the games creator Jagex commissioned REALTIME to create a cinematic 2.5D motion graphics trailer which was made entirely out of animated artwork.