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Halo 5's multiplayer microtransactions cause a stir

343i:

I'm seeing a lot of questions on Twitter and in forums about the new Requisition System (REQ System) in Halo 5: Guardians. The REQ System rewards players across both our multiplayer experiences. Players will earn REQ Points after each match in Arena or Warzone multiplayer, which can then be redeemed for REQ Packs. So what goodies are in REQ Packs? Each pack contains a variety of requisitions (REQs) in the form of unlockable weapons and armors, skins, assassination animations, and more. In addition, players will receive REQ Packs as rewards when they level up their Spartan Rank (SR) and complete Commendations across multiplayer.

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OpieWinston1219d ago

20 MP maps at launch
15 DLC for free.

Largest lineup of maps to launch with a Halo game and they're all free. Microtransactions work well since Arenas only cosmetics and Warzone is designed as a casual fun battleground for players.

If you're surprised by Microtransactions. This is a smart system, all earnable via in game.

Christopher1219d ago

As long as they're only cosmetic, I don't care. Microtransaction away.

Septic1219d ago (Edited 1219d ago )

But its not just cosmetic.

Warzone will allow for people to use weapons they've unlocked from microtransactions in MP.

That sucks. Its going the way of Battlefield and all other shooters.

OpieWinston1219d ago (Edited 1219d ago )

Cosmetic for Arena the competitive mode.
They unlock Power Weapons/Vehicles that are still energy walled off by how well your team does.

This is a dick move? They're developing 15 maps FOR FREE over the course of 8 months. Do you know how you make money? If they give all maps away for free and then give a cosmetic only micro-transactions system with all things unlockable in game... There's no problem with that. Nirvana couldn't be more delusional.

REQ Cards function like Titanfalls burn cards.
But you can't just drop into a match and hop in a Mantis, they're walled off by how much energy you get which functions like a leveling system.
You're able to unlock certain lower power weapons and vehicles as you level up but strong ones like Mythic weapons aren't unlockable until end tier energy level.

Does anyone read?

Christopher1219d ago

*** But its not just cosmetic. ***

Then as per my comment, it's not okay. I wasn't setting a stance to say they're all cosmetic, I was stating my opinion on microtransactions in general.

Mr Pumblechook1219d ago

"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."

Microsoft has a lot of money in the bank and this is their biggest franchise. Surely it's better that they fund the prize pool?

BiggerBoss1219d ago

I dont like microtransactions. At all. Even if they were just cosmetic, they still piss me off. If its part of the game, I shouldnt have to pay extra for it after dropping $60. If these publishers didnt spend up to 100 mill on ridiculous marketing and advertising, maybe they wouldnt have to recoup their losses through microtransactions.

PistolsAtDawn1219d ago

Yeah I never have a problem with microtransactions if they don't change gameplay and they can be earned without the transaction

Farmassy1219d ago

It sucks that they have the microtransactions. Its too bad since the REQ stuff sounds really cool. I like the idea of leveling up and unlocking more awesome stuff to use in warzone. I think its a great way to keep me interesting in leveling up. However, I don't like they people can just buy them and have all this awesome stuff just because they spent more money than me

wakeNbake1219d ago

Funny half of the concern trolls on this article dont even own an xbox, typical n4g.

Erik73571219d ago (Edited 1219d ago )

Still....that is really pissing me off....I would rather pay for DLC than have to pay to unlock 10 dollar armor....this is very disrespectful to the franchise.
I don't care if it's just cosmetic...I liked unlocking armor in Halo and working for it, not paying for it.

DragonDDark1219d ago

If they are free, why not just make them in the game from the beginning?

nX1219d ago

Even though there are far worse microtransactions in other games it's simply a bad signal to the industry if the biggest launch of the year has this kind of stuff as well. It's pretty sad, why can The Witcher 3 afford to have awesome&free DLC while this is full of cosmetic cash-grabs?

BattleAxe1218d ago (Edited 1218d ago )

What's the big deal? If you earn the points in-game, then it's more like an unlockable rather than a micro-transaction. The definition of a Micro-transaction, is when you purchase an item using real money.

"All REQ content in the game can be earned through the regular course of play in multiplayer"

_-EDMIX-_1218d ago

no dlc is good bro, even free dlc! /s

spoonard1218d ago

Micro transactions never work well in a $60 AAA game. NEVER. There is no reason for it. Ther is no benefit to the end user. Just an attempt to exploit the stupid mobile phone model of draining the end users pockets with useless crap.

remixx1161218d ago

@wakeNbake

Oh cut it out dude and look at the problem with microtrans, the ones in halo 5 don't phase me much but I still see the issue, your more about seeing fanboys.

I hate it when people are more concerned with fanboy wars while company drag through them.

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Septic1219d ago

Is it just cosmetic stuff though?

Arena only allows cosmetic stuff but Warzone allows it all:

" Within Warzone, you’ll have the ability to deploy a multitude of weapons and vehicles from your inventory of REQs throughout a match."

Dlacy13g1219d ago

and that is why I have no issue with it. competitions for pro games will always be arena based so its really a non-issue.

Christopher1219d ago

So, is this kind of like allowing you to unlock weapons early?

Elit3Nick1219d ago

@Christopher No, it will allow you to equip certain weapons when you reach a certain level within the match. For example if you got a card for a fuel rod cannon, you won't be able to equip it once you reach level 7 or 8 within the match.

Charybdis1219d ago (Edited 1219d ago )

Seems like an non issue for arena mode, were only cosmetic items can be used.
Though it does raises some issues with warzone. These packs offer unluckable weapons, however before being able to use these unlocks players will just like all warzone players need to fill their in-match REQ Level and Energy systems.
Keeping in mind that these packs can be earned by playing I can see why people might be wary of this.
With a 'portion of the proceeds going toward prize pools for the Halo Championship Series'they do create some good will.

isa_scout1219d ago

Yeah, I'm not to concerned since the REQ system is still based on team performance within Warzone. As long as it doesn't affect Arena mode then I think it'll be fine. I'm more pissed at the fact that the Guardians Statue edition comes with a steelbook case, but has a digital download of the game. Like whats the point of a steelbook case with no game in it? Besides for that this game looks to be the best since Halo 2. I absolutely LOVED the beta, and seeing a proper recreation of midship in the map TRUTH just brought back so many fond memories.

Magicite1219d ago

Metascore of 80-85 confirmed.

RiseofScorpio1219d ago (Edited 1219d ago )

Uncharted 2: 96
Uncharted 3: 91

Your point?

Both Halo 5 and U4 will destroy their predecessors judging by what we've seen so stop being a fanboy thanks.

isa_scout1219d ago

Why do inconsequential REQ packs lower the quality of a stellar game? I played the crap out of the beta, and all they need is to deliver that on a larger scale and this game will be a homerun for most critics and fans alike. And this is coming from someone who was super skeptical of H5s new direction until I actually got my hands on it. Now I'm sold.

Halo2ODST21219d ago

It's 343, what do you expect! They don't give a damn about the integrity of halo.

isa_scout1219d ago

To be fair Bungie started driving Halo into the ground with ODST and MP in Reach. If anything I think 343 brought it back from the brink with Halo 4, and the Halo 5 beta was the best Halo MP since Halo 2. I would've been more worried about franchise fatigue had they just copy and pasted Halo 3. I know most people loved Halo 3, but apart from forge and theater mode I felt that it was a huge step back from Halo 2.

3-4-51219d ago

Most Halo games launch with 7-9 maps which is awful.

Halo 2 was the last halo game with a ton of good to great maps.

I'm not crazy about 343 as map designers either.

Hoping this game is pretty decent.

Name Last Name1218d ago

I remember when even cosmetics where free and unlockable.

Immorals1218d ago

They still are. They are just catering to people who don't have time to unlock everything and can afford a helping hand.

XanderZane1218d ago (Edited 1218d ago )

Hhhmmm.. what Microtransactions. You can literally earn all the REQ by just playing the game. Don't really need to buy anything. Even if gamers do spend money and buy REQ, 343 will do this, "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." So the game will be balanced out even if other players have more REQ then you do. If you don't want to deal with all of that, you can just play the ARENA Multiplayer. I honestly don't see the problem. Maybe some people are confused or didn't read everything. Anytime a developers mentions microtransactions in a game, there's a 'stir'. lol!!

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They are free and unlockable. No one is saying you have to spend real money on these REQ Packs. It's not mandatory.

"Players will earn REQ Points after each match in Arena or Warzone multiplayer, which can then be redeemed for REQ Packs. Each pack contains a variety of requisitions (REQs) in the form of unlockable weapons and armors, skins, assassination animations, and more."

indyman77771218d ago

I'm not buying a game with Micro transactions. Looks like this will be the first Halo game I didn't beat on Legendary (except Halo wars it does not count). I'm concentrating on Gears of war!

3-4-51218d ago

* For the media, everything " causes a stir".

To them, the sun rising, is BREAKING NEWS

Azzanation1218d ago

Why do gamers feel the need to hate on something that basically has no effect on there own game? Big whoop, you can buy online items for real money, what games today don't do that? As long as its not game breaking. I am sure in Halo 5 there are MP game modes that don't allow the use of online items. Play the game mode that doesn't allow it. Problem solved.

bradleejones1218d ago

@Opie. How do they make money without micro transactions? By charging $60 for a game and selling millions of copies. Just like every other publisher who do not do micro transactions. (Do the math, 60x8 million is 480,000,000. Granted their marketing cost will eat up half of that, but that is still hundreds of millions of dollars profit no matter how you look at it. (Basing 8m off of halo4s 9m in sales, figuring this will sell a bit less. Even if you want to figure 4 or 5m in sales it would still be in the hundreds of millions in profit FYI)

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the_dark_one1219d ago

We should be accostumed by now about this practice, dont mean only microsoft i mean all of them that do this, but i guess this practise is here to stay. But in this case i can see it being dropped before launch just to be ib good faith with the fans

BiggerBoss1219d ago (Edited 1219d ago )

I disagree entirely. Just because companies keep doing this, doesnt mean we should keep taking it. Thats how these DLC practices got so bad in the first place

Toiletsteak1219d ago

I don't care about Microtransactions when they don't help players out on multiplayer like giving them better weapons or stuff like that, it's when that happens that i think it is stupid. Microtransactions do need to die though, if only people would stop buying them.

Erik73571219d ago

Micorotransactions should only be in a game that free to play....

Rookie_Monster1219d ago (Edited 1219d ago )

From the article

"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. "

You don't need to purchase anything and can earn it. It is just an option.

Many games these days have these option to let players pay to unlock things otherwise could be earn by playing like this game here.

http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...
DriveClub micro-transactions will let you quickly unlock cars

It has been a non issue before for other games and it is a non issue here as it is optional and not forced.

badz1491219d ago

That is an old article way before DC was even released. DC so far has only 1 car that can be bought uaing shortcut which is the La Ferrari but those who have full manufacturer accolade for Ferrari gets the car for free. Other cars are still either unlocked through leveling up, given as free DLC or a part of tour packs DLC.

Halo2ODST21219d ago

You may have just changed my stance on the matter, by highlighting "a portion of the proceeds is going towards prize pools for the Halo champion series", i call out 343 for their bull often but this is quite a gesture.

kingdip901219d ago

'A portion' could vary from anywhere in between a small percentage to a big one. It's much to ambiguous to apploud.

I hate micro transactions in any form, especially those that can turn a game into pay to win.

HammadTheBeast1218d ago

Why don't they just use a portion of the profits that they'll make to fund the Halo champion series?

MRMagoo1231218d ago

I may not be an expert but dont the prize pools get paid by the massive sponsors ?

LAWSON721219d ago (Edited 1219d ago )

God forbid the actual best cosmetics be unlockable by accomplishing something in the game. I am tired of this crap... At least BC will let me play Reach if they expect me to buy stuff to have cool armor I will go play it instead