Community manager John Junyszek has now responded. Writing on Twitter, he said that while Halo Infinite will have a microtransaction store, it won’t be the only way to get the game’s customization items, which go beyond coatings.
“There will be all kinds customization items (including coatings) that can be earned in-game and earned as special rewards,” Junyszek said. “Will there be purchases? Sure. Is that the only way? Absolutely not.”