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.

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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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  • If it doesn't impact game play I'm ok with it.
  • Aren't we all?? 😉
  • I was thinking the same, is anyone actually bothered by paid cosmetic addons? New skins and such are probably the best kind - so long as you can actually directly pay for said addons, and don't have to buy lootboxes for a chance of getting the skin you want...
  • Exactly. I want the Master Chief skin in Halo: Infinite multiplayer. I don't care about the other ones. If they give me an option to buy that for like $2.99 directly, I'll gladly do that.
  • Do the Micro-transactions like TITANFALL 2 and HALO 5's Req Packs and I'm still 100% ALL IN
  • Yes! Halo 5's req packs were random but you usually got so many great items so often that its randomness was pretty ok. Still, I do love Titanfall2's system where you got to choose what you purchased.
  • REQ packs are just loot boxes by another name. Keep them out.
  • So long as I can choose what I want to buy, I'm fine with it, make it random loot boxes and it can go get ******.
  • Exactly! I hate spending cash and then receiving complete trash in random crates (looking at YOU, PUBG)!
  • Not big on having MC don his original armor -- seems like a cheesy attempt to try and draw back those fools who may have left off from the franchise. Halo 5 armor looked great. Besides, advances in armor are appreciated.
  • I have no problem with this. It's not a big deal if it doesn't unbalance the game.
  • F*** that. Microtransactions, lootbox bs?
    I thought MS were done with this bs, but no. F*** them...
  • Great.. More microtransactions. Isn't games as a service wonderful? If Microsoft and 343 aren't fast, their loot boxes will be illegal before the game even releases.