Microsoft’s Halo Infinite video game will begin making some major changes to its microtransactions today after receiving a significant amount of negative feedback from players and the media about the perceived low value of the in-game store’s items and their expensive prices.
The changes will apply to both the Windows version of Halo Infinite and the Xbox console version that’s playable on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X console families.
“We’ve been monitoring the discussions on the Shop, bundles, and pricing closely since launch,” 343’s head of design, Jerry Hook, explained in a tweet on his personal account. “Using data and community feedback, we’re going to begin rolling out changes to how we package and price items in Halo Infinite – and it all starts next week.
“Starting Tuesday, the Shop experience will vary week-to-week. We are focused on reducing pricing across the board, providing stronger values in our bundles, starting to put individual items outside of bundles, and more.”
Not only will the Halo Infinite item prices be reduced but some that were previously only available in bundles will now be buyable individually. It seems that 343 and Microsoft are very much open to experimenting with different sales strategies when it comes to Halo Infinite’s microtransactions.
“We will be trying new things throughout the rest of the season so that we can continue to learn and improve for the future,” Hook added in a follow-up tweet.
Buying cosmetics or skins in video games aren’t a new thing but Halo Infinite has garnered a lot of negative reactions due to how pricey its in-game store items have been when compared to similar titles. For example, a full armor set within Halo Infinite can cost a player around $20 while Fortnite players can buy an entire outfit (some even with included free alternate styles) for a half or even a third of that.
There’s also the issue of Halo Infinite selling minor parts of an outfit individually and some parts being restricted to certain sets, unable to be used with some cosmetic combinations.
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