The “rewards system” which the Club Penguin Rewritten team announced has now been released, and it’s a new system titled Rockhopper’s Daily Treasure. There’s an icon for it at the top right of your screen.
Essentially, every time you open a chest, you’ll be able to receive an item. There’s a huge range of items available, including several new and modern items, and the item which you receive will be random from a set list; someone else could get a different item even if they open a chest on the same day. Unfortunately, there is a catch: although the items are free, the team are requiring players to watch a full video advertisement each time to redeem a chest.
I know that it’s been common for me to speak out against the increasingly intrusive ad-experience on Club Penguin Rewritten, and given there’s been a lot of controversy about this, many penguins might be expecting my thoughts. I can’t say that I’m comfortable this, because I’m not, but I am glad that the team are now being open about the fact that the game isn’t non-profit; that transparency is important.
This is a pretty big feature, and although it’s clearly motivated by a financial incentive for the team, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this. While this is technically a trial, I expect this will be a permanent feature, and there are further plans for this system, such as introducing “coin boosters” that will allow players to multiply coins earned in mini-games.