Limited game content may come to mobiles too.
RuneScape, developer Jagex's massively popular PC MMO, is scheduled to be released on tablets before the end of this year. In an interview with IGN, Jagex's CEO Mark Gerhard discussed the studio's development plans.
"We're working really, really hard to do tablets by Q4 this year," he said.
"I see [smartphones] as a window into the game, so I think even mobile is right for RuneScape, but it's probably as a subset of augmentation of the game rather than the core game experience. Tablet is more akin to your laptop, so the game is more naturally transposed to that."
Chief Marketing Officer David Solari also had this to say about the company's ambitious touchscreen plans:
"I think it stretches the imagination of what's possible on tablet right now. I mean, RuneScape would easily be the most ambitious game ever put on tablet, right? So that excites us."
Reading between the lines, it looks as though gamers can expect to see a full implementation of the game on iPads or Android tablets, while restricted elements of the game - such as trading and social interaction - could be made accessible on mobile phones.
We'll bring you more details as soon as they become available.