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Halo Infinite microtransactions are changing next week, says 343i

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What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has announced that improvements are coming to Halo Infinite's microtransactions store starting on Jan. 18, 2022.
  • Players can expect lower overall prices, more value in bundle purchases, the option to buy individual items that were previously bundle-exclusive, and more.
  • The developer plans to try additional changes throughout the remainder of Halo Infinite Season 1, which is slated to conclude in May 2022.

343 Industries' Head of Design, Jerry Hook, has announced that a series of large changes are coming to the in-game microtransactions shop that allows players to purchase cosmetics for their Halo Infinite multiplayer Spartan, weapons, and vehicles. Specifically, these changes are coming on Jan. 18, 2022 — the same day that the Halo Infinite Cyber Showdown event is kicking off.

Based on Hook's description, the goal of these changes is to reduce the price of most items while also offering more value and allowing players to buy previously bundle-exclusive items individually. "We are focused on reducing pricing across the board, providing stronger values in our bundles, starting to put individual items outside of bundles, and more," said Hook. "We will be trying new things throughout the rest of the season (Halo Infinite Season 1) so that we can continue to learn and improve for the future."

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One of the biggest reasons that many have felt Halo Infinite's customization options are unacceptably shallow is because items in its microtransactions shop have generally been both expensive and lackluster, so it's great to see 343 Industries address the problem directly. It will be interesting to see how the studio continues to improve the store moving forward, and hopefully the developers will reach a point where the community is satisfied with the state of it.

Halo Infinite's multiplayer is free to play and is available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows PCs. It's a ton of fun, and paired with the Halo Infinite campaign, it's easily one of the best Xbox games available right now.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

5 Comments
  • I'd like to be hopeful for the future of halo infinite, but I stopped playing a month ago.
  • Any word if they are going to refund some of the currency if they lowered prices on previously purchased items?
  • Funny I was just having an argument yesterday with someone over the microtransactions. I guess my "assumptions" about the store and bundles being overpriced and low quality had some merit afterall.
  • I mean that's true for all micro transactions in any game like apex, fortnight, etc
  • Well, at least they're trying. No reason they had to collect unreasonable amounts of money for the last 2 months before lowering them, other than suckering the whales. It's a first step, but this was a long time to address what is probably the easiest thing (dropping the base prices while working on the bundling stuff on the side) for them to fix among their problems. Now they just have to address the cheaters, unplayable BTB, and desync issues. Then, they might have multi-player on par with what they gave us a decade ago.