It was released earlier in the month but even its Early Access version proved this formula is popular with RPG fans, having been downloaded more than 600.000 times in Steam and the two major smartphone app stores. It was way above and RS Gold beyond the initial goals of Malcolm when he first began. Naturally, he wanted to ensure that his game would be successful but there was no 'endgame for his game in mind.
"Luckily the enthusiasm that was a source of inspiration the early years was with me for the last couple of years of development, and being able to work closely with Jagex direct on this project is an incredible opportunity to fulfill a dream," he says. "I had no idea that I'd get the help of the very studio that was the one that inspired me in beginning.
Making the jump from hobbyist to fan project was certainly a daunting task But looking at where I've ended-up, and the support I've received for establishing Games by Malcs as an young and promising studio, it's surely worked out for the most favorable outcome."
Despite the close connection in Melvor Idle and RuneScape, and the direct involvement of Jagex however, the publisher decided to Buy RS Gold maintain the game as an original IP and not launch it as the official RuneScape spin-off. This was in part recognition of the fact Malcolm had succeeded where Jagex failed.