Halo Infinite to possibly feature cosmetic microtransactions [updated]

Updated September 19, 2018: Chris Lee, a studio head at 343 Industries, confirmed that Halo Infinite won't feature real-money loot boxes. This seems to indicate that you won't be able to buy any type of loot crate in the game with actual currency. However, cosmetic items might cost a small fee.

Halo: Infinite is an upcoming first-person shooter from 343 Industries. In its teaser trailer, the developer promised open environments and a renewed focus on the Master Chief. However, just like Halo 5: Guardians, the game will feature cosmetic microtransactions. The cost of developing "AAA" game is increasing exponentially, and companies need more ways to recuperate their investments.

343 Industries is looking for an experienced Online Experience Design Director to lead and join our Halo team. The job description says, "You will oversee and provide vision for multiple facets of design and its implementation. This includes... microtransactions and integration of our business plan throughout the game."

According to a report by GameSpot, the listing adds that the microtransactions should encourage gamers to "express their passion". This probably means that various helmets and armor styles will be available for the multiplayer component. It's unclear if you'll be able to change the Master Chief's appearance throughout the campaign.

While microtransactions aren't ideal, limiting them to cosmetic items is the right approach. The "REQ Packs" from Halo 5 will probably make an appearance in Halo Infinite. What do you think about this? Let us know.

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