343 Industries has revealed that Halo Infinite will be delayed to Fall 2021. The news comes from a blog post, which also goes into how Halo Infinite and its free-to-play multiplayer will handle microtransactions.
“Yes, being free-to-play does mean that there will be some premium cosmetics, but players will still obtain tons of customization content through things like playing campaign, challenges, skill, special events, legacy rewards–such as the Halo 5 SR 152 reward–the progress system, and more,” Halo Infinite lead progression designer Christopher Blohm said.
Blohm added that the team wants players to feel like they’re being properly rewarded for time spent in the game. So players who don’t spend any additional cash won’t be penalized, they’ll still be able to unlock “items across multitude of different customization types.” Microtransactions will only be tied to premium cosmetics, and it’s a one-and-done purchase. “No loot boxes,” Blohm clarifies. “No randomness or items that influence the sandbox and gameplay.”