Microtransactions may be coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, according to a new community update shared by 343 Industries yesterday that discusses Spartan Points, the developer’s new name for the game’s Season Points, which players can earn by completing challenges and leveling up to unlock items. 343 Industries confirms a couple paragraphs in that it is “internally exploring a potential new feature for the future in the form of purchasable Spartan Points,” a significant indication that microtransactions could eventually make their way into the game. The developer has noted that this potential addition to Halo: The Master Chief Collection would be an “optional, additive alternative” for players who are intimidated by the amount of playtime that would normally be required to earn certain items and are looking for a way of skipping the grind. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is expected to enter its ninth season later this year.
“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,” 343 revealed in a blog post.
It is prudent to note here that we are happy with the current system of how players earn Spartan Points, by completing challenges and levelling up through play. 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 favorites!)
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.
Source: 343 Industries