On Runefest 2019, Jagex officially revealed that Group Ironman is coming to OSRS. The announcement was very well-received in the osrs community with many players announcing their return to osrs when the game mode inevitably drops.
When is group ironman coming to osrs and what exactly does it entail? We’re here to tell you everything we know so far.
Group Ironman Release: when is it coming to osrs?
On August 3rd, 2021, in a Group Ironman Keynote, Mod Kieren revealed that group Ironman is coming to OSRS in early to mid-autumn/fall. You can watch the Keynote below.
Group Ironman has also been officially announced on Wednesday, September 1st in an Old School Runescape blog post.
So the wait is nearly over! We finally have an official announcement AND a clear release date for Group Ironman.
Hopefully, there won’t be any more delays.
The Old School Team is also hosting a Group Ironman Q&A on Twitch on Thursday, September 2nd (6 PM BST) where they will most likely announce the exact Group Ironman release date.
It was initially rumored that group ironman would be released by late 2020 but an August Gielinor Gazette confirmed group ironman would be delayed until 2021. Then, in a September 3rd OSRS Modcast, someone asked the question: “Is group ironman delayed to late next year (2021)?”. To which Mod Kieren replied: “Currently group ironman isn’t coming late 2021. We are hoping that it will be in the first half of next year. That’s what we are currently aiming for.” He also mentioned it all depends on how clans go. The tech team is currently working on clans and clan hiscores is a big area that they are focussing on. Once clans are out of the way, we can get a lot more clarity on when group ironman can come out.
What is group ironman?
Group ironman is a group-based game mode based on the regular ironman gamemode.
Group ironman will be almost identical to regular ironman but instead, you will be playing in groups ranging from 2 to 5 players.
This means you will still only be able to obtain items through drops or by creating them yourself. So you will have to train skills to get ahead in the game. However, since you are playing in groups, you will be able to trade with your fellow members.
This way, you can delegate certain tasks such as one person can train crafting, another trains runecrafting, herblore, and so on. This way you will be able to obtain high-level amulets, get access to runes, potions, and more through playing as a group.
This means a lot of different strategies will be used by group ironman teams in order to get to end-game content such as chambers of xeric, theatre of blood, and the nightmare of ashihama.
Just like regular ironman mode, group ironman will be played on regular osrs servers. So you will play amongst other group ironman, regular ironman and even regular osrs players but you will not be able to trade with anyone besides players from your own group.
How group ironman will work
Group ironman will consist out of teams between two and five players. Every single player who wants to participate in the group ironman game mode will have to start a completely fresh account.
This means you will not be able to transfer a regular ironman into a group ironman. This gives everyone a fair chance once group ironman is finally released into osrs.
Every group will consist out of 1 leader who will be in charge of adding or removing new group members. The removal of a group member will be done through vote, which only the leader can intiate.
If you get kicked out of a group ironman, you will not be able to join another. Instead, if you want to continue playing, you will have to start your own team and invite new members.
How to become a Group Ironman
Group Ironman accounts are started at The Node, a small island just underneath the tutorial island.
In order to become a group ironman, you will have to talk to one of the Iron Tutors on Tutorial Island.
These are the same tutors where you can go to become a regular ironman.
Once you talk to them, you will be able to choose between regular group ironman or hardcore group ironman.
Keep in mind that you need to do this BEFORE you leave the tutorial island in order to become a group ironman account.
If you skip this step, your account will not be able to become a group ironman.
Once you finish tutorial island, there will be a boat that takes you to The Node.
Obviously, no existing accounts (even ironman accounts) can become a group ironman.
Creating a Group
Once you arrive at The Node, you will be able to create your own Ironman Group and start recruiting.
Group names are shared with clan names. This means you cannot give your group a name that already belongs to an existing clan in osrs.
If you plan to join a group instead, skip this step and don’t click on the Create Group button!
Once a group is created, you will be able to recruit others in the Node.
Jagex will set up dedicated worlds for this to make it easier to recruit or get recruited.
Recruiting will be easy, simply right-click on potential candidates to invite them to your group.
Once your group is complete, select confirm.
Make sure you only confirm once your group is full as you won’t be able to change the group size afterward.
Group Ironmen will be able to PVM together. Just like in regular PVMing, the member with the most damage dealt will get the drop.
However, just like regular ironman accounts, you will NOT receive the drop if you are crashed by a non-ironman.
For example, if your group is fighting General Graardor and non-ironman land a hit, the drop will either go to them or disappear.
Group Ironmen will be able to participate in raids such as Theatre of Blood and Chambers of Xerics with non-group members.
Group Ironman accounts will be able to trade with other members of their group.
This makes it so that group members can focus on training different skills and work together.
Obviously, group ironmen will not be able to trade with other groups or regular osrs players.
Group ironman hiscores
Every group ironman team-size will participate in a different hiscores bracket. This means that upon the release of group ironman, we will have 4 extra hiscores added to the game.
One for 2 players, one for 3 players, and so on, up until 5 players.
While you can go up in brackets, you will never be able to go down in a bracket. So if you kick someone out of a 3-man team you will still remain in that specific bracket.
However if instead, you add another person in your 3-man team, you will now be participating in the 4-man hiscore brackets.
The Ranks of GIM hiscores will be determined by the total skill level of your group. Then, by the combined total experience.
One big caveat: Only the experience gained while in the group counts towards the total experience. This means that when a new member joins the group, their experience WILL NOT COUNT towards the total experience of the group.
Hardcore Group Ironman
Group Ironman mode wouldn’t be an ironman mode without a hardcore variant, right?
Luckily, there will be such a version!
Hardcore Group Ironman (HCGIM) will function similarly to regular Group Ironman with one big difference:
- You will have a dedicated set of lives that correlates with your group count (e.g. 4 group members = 4 total lives)
Should your group lose ALL of their lives, the group will be demoted to a regular group ironman.
Hardcore Group Ironman also won’t have any safe deaths inside Chambers of Xerics or the Theatre of Blood.
Group ironman chat system
Like I mentioned previously, the release of group iron man has been delayed due to the group chat system.
Jagex wants to incorporate a group chat system for group ironman. So they don’t have to talk through regular private chats or the regular private chat system.
Why play group ironman?
The ironman game modes have always been pretty lonely. While you do still play on the original osrs servers, you are unable to really play with these other players. (with the exception of chambers of xeric and theatre of blood)
Everyone loves a good group-game and group ironman will be exactly that. You will be able to delegate the work so while you still play a harder game mode than a regular account, you will be able to advance more quickly through trading within your team.
I expect many, many youtubers and twitch streamers to participate in the group ironman mode so I’m excited for the lots of content it will produce. I also firmly believe (and have been proven right on reddit and twitter) that many, many players will return to osrs for the arrival of group ironman.
The combination of nostalgia and team-play will do wonders to the osrs player count, mark my words!
That’s everything we know so far about group ironman. Hopefully, we finally have an official release date for early to mid-autumn/fall of 2021.
I’m psyched for the game mode to come out and can’t wait to participate in group ironman.
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