Today a new Treasure Hunter promo went live in RuneScape, which is very different from its predecessors. Gifts of the Creator is the very first RuneScape Treasure Hunter promo to completely avoid any suggestion of gambling. Unlike other promos, the rewards given in the new iteration are fixed, meaning players know exactly what they're getting each time.
Treasure Hunter is a form of microtransaction present in the popular Jagex MMORPG. Keys purchased with real money can be exchanged for chests containing various RuneScape items. When a chest is open, there are three different options per key, but these options are usually random.
Gifts of the Creator
Gifts from the Creator, however, change this. In this promo, when a key is used, the same three reward choices are given. These are a medium experience lamp, a medium experience star or 30 protean items. This makes Gifts of the Creator the first-ever RuneScape promo that does not rely on RNG to determine the rewards.
In addition, every five keys used will yield a secondary reward. As with the main reward, this is not random as players can see in advance what they will get. While the main reward is always an unusual rarity drop, the secondary reward varies between yellow (common) and purple (very rare).
Building on the theme of player choice, Hearts of Ice will be discontinued in the coming months. Previously, Hearts of Ice were used to freeze unfavorable rewards, to avoid getting them when issuing keys. But now that the randomness has been removed, they are no longer needed. Any Hearts of Ice players have left will be converted into Oddments in a 5:1 ratio (Hearts of Ice: Oddments).
Given the long-running criticism surrounding Treasure Hunter, this new RuneScape promo is a welcome addition. Most will see this as a pro-consumer move as Jagex strives to improve options for players and remove all gambling connotations associated with its game.