343 Industries responds to criticism of Halo 5's microtransactions
Halo 5's Requisition system upsetting many
343 Industries, developers of Halo 5: Guardians, have responded to fans' criticism regarding the implementation of microtransactions in the upcoming game.
When Halo 5 launches on October 27th, both multiplayer modes -- Arena and Warzone -- will utilize the new Requisition system. This system will allow players to earn REQ points at the end of each map which you can then use to purchase the REQ packs. The part that fans are taking issue with, however, is that 343 Industries is going to allow players to purchase these packs with real world money "as a matter of convenience". As a result, those who choose to shell out the extra cash will have first access to upgraded weapons, armor, assassination animations and more.
Josh Holmes, the development Chief on Halo 5 Guardians, spoke over on Halo Waypoint about some of the reasons behind allowing for real world currency purchases in the game.
"In Warzone, our new massive-scale multiplayer experience, we wanted to give fans even more variety and choice in how they play. Within Warzone, you’ll have the ability to deploy a multitude of weapons and vehicles from your inventory of REQs throughout a match. These requisitions are governed and balanced by Warzone’s in-match REQ Level and Energy systems, which are driven by player and team performance within the mode. The REQ System is designed to generously reward players with a steady stream of content to keep gameplay fresh. We’ll be continuing to release new REQ content, post launch, so there are always new toys to play with. All REQ content in the game can earned through the regular course of play in multiplayer. We’ll also give players the option to purchase REQ Packs as a matter of convenience, with a portion of the proceeds going toward prize pools for the Halo Championship Series. Stay tuned for more details on Halo 5 esports plans later this summer."
It's perfectly understandable to be upset about microtransactions, especially those which make games more of a pay to win game. On the other hand, Halo 5 Guardians is providing all of the multiplayer maps for free so, although you may not be happy, it's understandable to see why they would try and make some of their money back.
Also mentioned is the fact that none of these cosmetic items will be usable in tournaments and that a portion of the proceeds from these packs will go to help fund the Halo 5 tournaments that will follow its release. Halo 5 Guardians releases on Xbox One October 27th, 2015