343i’s O’Connor Comments on Halo 6 Lootbox Reevaluation Rumor; Calls it “Bunk”

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Jan 21, 2018
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Franchise Development Director for the Halo franchise at 343 Industries, Frank O’Connor, has chimed in on a recent rumor related to the reevaluation of lootboxes in Halo 6.

Over the past few days, a rumor surfaced claiming that Microsoft and Halo developer 343 Industries are looking for ways to implement lootboxes in the upcoming Halo 6, although the recent Star Wars Battlefront II controversy might have made them reconsider the revenue model.

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On the ResetEra forums, Frank O’Connor, who goes by the name of ‘Stinkles’, has said this is nonsense and nothing significant is being reevaluated. We’ve included his post down below.

This is bunk. We’re not reevaluating anything (significant) and “Microsoft” isn’t designing anything for the next game – 343 is. We watched the EA battlefront thing with the curiosity you’d expect – but our current req system is player focused and well liked and unintrusive as far as these things go.

We have made zero announcements about our next projects and continue to work on our next game and technology with player’s needs and interests in mind.

However the story as loosely presented as it is – has no bearing on or relation to any current efforts.

I suppose you could say “company x is evaluating feature you” and always have some grain of truth, but we are neither aping nor adapting an unrelated system from another game.

This follows an equally vague rumor about an issue with our engine, which in fact is counter to significant ongoing improvements and evolution of our tech.

If there were some nugget of truth to both, I’d just ignore it. Development is rife with normal examples of both of these “stories” but in this case there aren’t even notable small examples that this could have been based on.

Certainly in the future we’ll be evolving our systems and tech and maybe these general and vague statements will have brief applicability. But right now? Nah.

What do you make of this? Do you think that Microsoft and 343i will be making changes to their current REQ system implemented in Halo 5: Guardians? Hit the comments down below.

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