Since its release in 2014, Halo: The Master Chief Collection received a variety of updates and tweaks, including maps and modes that in some cases were never in the original games. But one thing that wasn’t added was in-game microtransactions. That could change soon, though, because Halo Developers 343 Industries continue to discuss the possibility of allowing players to purchase in-game currency to unlock new cosmetic items.
When it was first released almost eight years ago, The Master Chief Collection was a gigantic mess. It took 343 years to patch and improve the game before it became something worth playing. Since then it has become one of the best packs in gaming and is a true treasure trove for Halo fans because it contains a ton of content, new and old. Players can replay all the classics Halo games, from 2001 Halo: Combat Evolved to 343’s first original entry in the series, 2012’s halo 4, with online and offline modes fully functional. And through all of this, the game has never had any microtransactions. All newly added skins and cosmetics could only be unlocked by playing, leveling up and completing challenges. But it seems that the era of the My Client Center maybe it will come to an end.
In a new blog post from last week, 343 discussed the ongoing debate over proposed microtransactions to add to the game. The idea is that because there is so much cosmetic content in My Client Center, new or returning players may not want to spend a lot of time grinding to access everything. So instead, 343 would let these players buy “Spartan Points”, which replace the old Season Points. Spartan Points (SP) can be used to buy any cool armor or skins players want, and skip the grind to unlock cosmetics for multiplayer avatars usable in the multiple games My Client Center has on offer.
In My Client Center, you can currently unlock cosmetic items such as skins for the various games in the collection. And while you can’t mix or match cosmetics like using a Halo Range helmet in it halo 2 for example you can earn SP in any game and all SP is universal and works in all cosmetics and seasons. This system doesn’t change, it’s just that 343 players can buy SP to skip the rut in the future.
This isn’t the company’s first time raising this topic. Back in June, in another blog post, it first came up with the idea of purchasing SP to add to the game. As you can probably guess, it didn’t go down well with most Halo players. In this latest update, 343 acknowledges the angry response this got from players.
“As expected, there was a lively conversation in the community and within the My Client Center team,” said 343. “In addition to some frustrations with the prospects of buying SP, much of the feedback focused on general frustrations with current SP earning rates in My Client Center (especially if players have reached level 100).”
If you were somehow hoping for a definitive answer, you’ll have to keep waiting. 343 goes on to say that “no decision has been made” on whether to let SP buy, although the studio has made plans to increase the number of SP players they earn from leveling up. This has been a point of frustration for many players and a point that likely contributes to some of the negative feedback about the decision to include microtransactions in My Client Center
For now, 343 says it will continue to listen to player feedback and internal debates on the topic. However, if I had to guess, the fact that it still doesn’t say no means microtransactions are coming, it’s just when and in what flavor.