Closure of OSRS Bounty Hunter Worlds
The Old School RuneScape team recently announced in the January 23 news update that the Bounty Hunter worlds will be closed down until further notice, with excessive gold farming via abuse of the games mechanics being the main reason cited. Let's have a look at the history and some of the reasons for the OSRS bounty hunter removal.
Action from the bounty hunter minigame before it was closed.
The minigame was popular and seen as welcome support for PVP content, which many felt had been lacking in recent times for the MMORPG. Whilst originally introduced to OSRS back in December 2007, thus superseding the server archive used by OSRS by several months, both players and the development team decided to re-introduce it in a revised form. The minigame involved attempting to kill an assigned bounty target (another player in the wilderness) in order to receive OSRS Bounty Hunter points, which could then be exchanged at the Bounty Hunter Store for various tradable and untradable rewards. The main problem was gold-farmers gaming the system in order to be assigned a bounty target that was their own accounts or other colluding participants and generate profit at a rate unintended by the minigame's creators.
The popular video Torvesta made on the matter.