Because much of the RuneScape community was unhappy with Evolution of Combat, Jagex released a poll with 4 levels to decide what would become of this idea.
1: 50,000 votes, $15 membership, only critical maintenance
2: 250,00 votes, $5 membership, small development team, basic maintenance, possible anti-bot protection
3: 500,000 votes, no extra membership, dedicated development team, weekly maintenance, anti-bot protection, polls for new content
4: 750,000 votes, available to free players, dedicated development team, weekly maintenance, anti-bot protection, polls for new content
The poll ended with 449,351 votes, short of levels 3 and 4. However, due to the obvious enthusiasm, Jagex announced that these servers would be available to members for no extra fee for at least the next 6 months.