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Halo Infinite will include microtransactions within its final release according to a new job listing for the upcoming first-party FPS.
Highlighted within a job listing for a new “Live Design Lead”, developer 343 Industries is looking for a new employee to come up with new engagement strategies to keep players interested. This new lead will “drives [sic] the design vision of the game while being a source of inspiration and leadership for the entire team.”
343 Industries says that the new role will have to have a detailed knowledge in the business models present in both AAA titles and mobile games. A deep knowledge of in-game social features is also wanted.
For a AAA multiplayer title like Halo, player engagement is an important aspect of keeping the game alive. After all, you don’t want your multiplayer game to be dead a few weeks after release like another recent Microsoft title.
Whilst the new role is asking for someone with a “comprehensive understanding of player psychology and what drives them to return to an experience”, 343 Industries is looking for someone who can “design and deliver a AAA player investment experience that focuses on our fans and their desire to express their passion for our franchise (including but not limited to microtransactions)”
It’s no surprise that 343 Industries will be incorporating microtransactions into Halo Infinite. While Gears of War 5 won’t be including any loot boxes, it will be including cosmetic microtransactions. With most companies distancing themselves from the controversial loot box mechanics – including upcoming EA games – we can be certain that the Halo Infinite microtransactions won’t involve loot box mechanics.