Jagex's new browser-based strategy game is hosted on the "most complex front-end commercial website" in the world, according to its creators.
Jagex, previously best known for record-breaking free-to-play MMO RuneScape, launched 8Realm's closed beta this week - and is still accepting sign-ups.
"I can confidently say I know of no commercial site anywhere near as complex front-end as 8Realms," 8Realms lead designer Claire Blackshaw told CVG in a new interview. "Now as much as I love playing with HTML5 and WebGL at home it's not yet ready for prime-time. So we made current browser tech jump through hoops, and using our own server-side technology pushed what's possible in terms of scaling.
"8Realms has been a project to push Jagex web technology as far as possible. Preparing us for the biggest platform out there, the browser without plug-ins. We will always choose the most appropriate technology to deliver the games we want to make to the widest possible audience."
8Realms, an empire-building strategy game, allows players grow their settlements from a humble village to a giant dominion through eight ages of history: ancient, classical, feudal, renaissance, imperial, industrial, modern and future.