Naturally this means that any project led by fans that attempts to alter the look of Old School OSRS gold looks is not in line with our own plans," Jagex wrote to 117. "We believe it's essential to ensure consistency regarding the way Old School looks as a result, so we're trying to make certain that our official changes will be the only ones on the market.
Hope that the announcement that Jagex along with the Old School team are tackling this issue with determination is something that you are excited about even though it does mean that we need to gently ask you to shut down your own personal project."
117 stated that they had offered Jagex an alternative in the shape of taking their project off the market at the time Jagex had released their own, and giving Jagex "collaborative control" over Runelite HD's visual style.
"They rejected the project outright," 117 said. "I am completely sad and disappointed with Jagex, and I am so very sorry in the end that following this lengthy journey it's not possible to present this project to you. The mod of 117 doesn't seem to be in conflict with Jagex's policies for third-party clients, however the Runescape developer says that it's updating those guidelines next week to include a reference to projects that could affect the design in the gameplay.
Original Runelite creator Adam1210 shared his views on Reddit and said that the ability to allow Runelite HD to continue would be a net benefit for the future updates that are made by Jagex.
"I do not agree with including it in the "third rules of third parties," Adam1210 said. "Most of these guidelines try to define where the line between quality of life] and cheating lies and I'm of the opinion that the majority of people are of the opinion that the current guidelines provide a clear example of this, and it keeps the game integrity.
However there is no unfair advantage for improved graphics, and it only impacts you when you choose to enable cheap OSRS GP. So - this is really simply a misapplication of guidelines. This is, in the end, an inconvenience for everyone involved and I wish Jagex would take a look at it."