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The topic of microtransactions is a hot one, and Halo 4 executive producer Dan Ayoub says that his team has had their eye on them. Citing the success of Gears of War's cosmetic skins, Ayoub told Digital Spy that, "Halo certainly has the potential for those kinds of things."
Microtransactions have been in the news recently, with EA making waves after telling Morgan Stanley conference attendees that all of their upcoming games would include them. This statement was later clarified, but it shined a light on growing discontent with the practice when incorporated in full-priced titles. The nickel-and-dime approach tempered enthusiasm for a number of Dead Space devotees, since the third entry in the franchise ramped up their inclusion.
Were Halo to incorporate small, cosmetic items in the way that Gears of War does, there would be no impact on game play (other than that one glowing guy making himself a target on the battlefield). Provided there are no perks, more powerful weapons, or ability unlocks that disrupt matchmaking, it's hard to argue with microtransactions. While Ayoub is otherwise quiet on the subject, don't be surprised if that flaming helmet you love will cost you in the next Halo title.
[via Digital Spy]
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I really don't care if they want to do microtransactions if they follow this model. I do NOT and will NOT support microtransactions that tip the balance of gameplay in any fashion beyond the "Look at me, I haz da flames!" *KAPOW-RESPAWN* effect. If you start making loadouts with sniper rifles and shotguns available then I'm through. If you want that, go play Fiesta.
This should have been a part of Halo 4. Halo 4 needs more specializations, because leveling up is to easy, and Halo isn't fun without reaching a level milestone.
Make it free and unlockable like the old days. "Hell no!" they say!
Well I wasn't really planning on playing Halo 5 and 6 anyway.
I have absolutely no problem with microtransactions involving purely cosmetic items.
i could see it for new sets of armor, customizable camo skin patterns, images and more...im fine with it.