343 Industries has confirmed that Halo Infinite does not have loot boxes or other randomized item drops. This is what many players had problems with Halo 5. In a somewhat random way, Infinite will instead focus entirely on distributing new items via gameplay. Most notably, this time we’ll do this by including the Battle Pass.
As detailed in a new video released today by 343, members of the Halo Infinite team provided more context on how customization works. Specifically, the studio aims to work on armor customization from a “player first” perspective. “That means there are no random loot. There is no loot box,” said Ryan Paradis, live design director at Halo Infinite. “It is very important for us that everyone knows exactly how to unlock customized content.”
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The most notable new way for players to get new gear in Halo Infinite is to use the Battle Pass. This is common in many multiplayer shooters these days, but the way the 343 approaches Infinite’s system is a bit different. Specifically, the Battle Pass itself never expires. That is, there is no window set up that allows you to proceed towards a particular path. New passes will arrive at the start of the new season, but older passes can still be purchased retroactively. You can then select the old path as the active path to proceed.
Overall, this system is far superior to the Halo 5 system. The multiplayer aspect of previous Halo titles was largely well received, but the randomization of looting in mode has turned off many fans in the long run. .. Fortunately, 343 has kept in mind many of these complaints and now seems to be doing much different (and perhaps better) to Infinite.
At this time, Halo Infinite has no release date yet, but it’s reaffirmed that it will release this holiday season across the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC platforms.
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