In the latest update to hugely popular free-to-play MMORPG Runescape developer Jagex has introduced in-game Bonds to act as a currency for tangible rewards. They can even be put toward membership.
A press release issued by Jagex says "Bonds completely liberate player-to-player trading, offering RuneScape players more choice and freedom than ever before. This includes the ability to now access all premium membership content through the in-game wealth earned by dedicated players, who can also gift Bonds to a friend or fellow clan member anywhere in the world."
The aim is to improve the game's economy and offer players more choice in how they get hold of their membership. Executive producer Phil Mansell adds "We care as passionately about RuneScape as the game's community, and are committed to laying the foundations for the next 10 years of RuneScape growth. This update is a firm step in that direction."
A Bond in Runescape will set you back $5, £3, or 4.25 Euros. They can be redeemed against 14 days membership, or a number of other in-game items.
There is, of course, still the option to play Runescape without a membership or parting with any of your beloved cash.