Halo Infinite may feature cosmetic microtransactions, possibly direct purchases like Gears 5

Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Halo Infinite is currently being developed by 343 Industries
  • Previously, 343 Industries confirmed that there would not be any real-money loot boxes included in the game.
  • A new job listing posits that Halo Infinite will contain microtransactions aimed as a "AAA player investment experience."
  • Halo Infinite is currently scheduled to release in 2020 as a launch title for Project Scarlett, though it will also come to Xbox One and PC, included with Xbox Game Pass.

It looks like Halo Infinite will contain cosmetic microtransactions, according to a job listing for a Live Design Lead being hired at 343 Industries. Among other things, the responsibilities of this role will include overseeing social features, engagement and microtransactions. Here's an excerpt from the role description.

Design and deliver a AAA player investment experience that focuses on our fans and their desire to express their passion for our franchise (including but not limited to microtransactions).

343 Industries has previously confirmed that there will not be any real-money loot boxes in Halo Infinite. As such, it's more likely that the microtransactions included in Halo Infinite will mirror those in Gears 5: direct purchases for particular cosmetics, without any random chance. With Rare's Sea of Thieves also eschewing any loot boxes in favor of the upcoming direct purchases like pets, it seems this is a common thread across Xbox Game Studios titles.

For more information on Halo Infinite, you can check out an interesting teaser that a fan spotted. Halo Infinite is currently aimed for release in 2020 as a launch title for Project Scarlett, Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console. The game will also release on Xbox One and PC and will be included in Xbox Game Pass.

Related: Halo Infinite Creative Director Tim Longo leaves developer, replaced by Executive Producer Mary Olson



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