343 Industries is currently “exploring” the idea of adding microtransactions to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Following the next update, Season Points will be renamed to Spartan Points, which can be earned in-game but there will be an option to purchase them with real money too.
In a new blog post on the Halo Waypoint website (via Video Games Chronicle), community writer Alex Wakeford explained that 343 Industries were exploring adding microtransactions into Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This is apparently being introduced for players who are new to the game and specifically haven’t had the time to unlock all items during seasonal updates.
Wakeford stated that the regular Season-based model will instead be replaced by a ‘Series’ model in the next update, which might implement these microtransactions:
“For players who are new to the MCC, or who may not have dedicated much time specifically to unlocking items during the seasonal updates, or are simply completionists looking to catch the last outstanding items they need, we are internally exploring a potential new feature for the future in the form of purchasable Spartan Points.”
However, Wakeford also stressed that these microtransactions would be entirely optional and won’t necessarily be required to enjoy the game and earn Spartan points. However, it will certainly make the grind less daunting, as is the case with most “optional” microtransactions in gaming today:
“This would be an optional, additive alternative for players who might find the vast scope of content to be an intimidating amount of playtime and want to get ahead on (or skip) the grind, or maybe want to grab specific items they want (we all have our favourites!)
In the interest of transparency with our dedicated and passionate community, we wanted to inform you of this exploration in advance and provide assurance that purchasable Spartan Points would be an additive feature. We will have more information to share about this in the future.”
The stigma surrounding microtransactions in gaming is still a hotly debated topic today, so it will be interesting to see how the community reacts to these plans.
Source: Video Games Chronicle