Microtransaction Pricing Revealed for Halo 5's REQ System

Halo 5: Guardians is getting its own version of the popular microtransaction-based business model, with in-game REQ Packs purchasable with...
  1. Feyfolken
    In the world of video games today, microtransactions have not only been something of a trend, they've been nearly unavoidable. Microtransactions often give players the ability to purchase additional and sometimes exclusive customization options in many games, and has now become a crucial part of the business model for several hit games. Whether or not you're fan of this model, the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians is going to be using it to provide its players with a second option for purchasing REQ Packs.

    REQ Packs offer REQs (requisitions) and are purchasable via REQ Points (RP) which can be earned through Warzone and Arena matches. The REQ packs will provide rewards in the form of unlockable armor and weapon skin customization, as well as one-time use cards that can be brought into Warzone to wreak havoc on the opposing team. To use the REQs in Warzone, the player must accumulate a certain Level and Energy to actually be able to call their REQs forth into the fray.

    REQ Points can be earned through multiplayer, in average increments of about 2,000 RP per Warzone match. 343 Industries has recently revealed just how much RP or money players will need to be able to collect and stock up on REQs so they can get their desired armor and weapon variants.


    Bronze: Bronze REQ Packs will cost 1,250 RP and will include common, single-use REQs and sometimes permanent REQs if there are still some that need to be unlocked.

    Silver: Silver REQ Packs are going to be sold for 5,000 RP or $1.99 per pack, and will come with common to rare REQs, as well as two permanent REQs.

    Gold: The most expensive REQ Pack is going to be available for 10,000 RP or $2.99 each, which will give players access to a large number of REQs, including two new permanent REQs.

    The Warzone REQ Bundle included in the Limited Edition of the game will give players two Premium REQ Packs every week for seven weeks total, adding up to a sum of 14 Premium REQ Packs. These packs will have a heightened chance of rarer REQs and a larger number of REQs total. This bundle can be purchased separately for $24.99 if the player has not ordered the Limited Edition version of the game.

    Developers 343 Industries have already been met with criticism before they revealed their pricing, and will likely face more backlash for adopting this approach to business. Time will tell if Halo 5: Guardians and the microtransactions are worth it when it drops worldwide on October, 27. If you're planning on picking it up, are you also making plans to buy some of their REQ Packs, or do you think their decision to add microtransactions is going to ruin the game? Let me know in the comments below!


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  1. Wavy
    Not surprised that Halo went down this route. But I am glad that they have alternative methods of obtaining these REQ packs besides paying real money, unlike some devs we know...
  2. Stonerzard
    Wait, so these don't have any positive or negative impact from buying? So why's people complaining? If it's purely cosmetic then you can say "no, I am not buying it" you are not being forced into buying it obviously, and it's not going to give you an advantage of any sort so it's fine. Chill out. Don't cry because there's an option to buy something.
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    2. Stonerzard
      I missed that one sentence. I was reading all of the bits about armor and in game skins lol. That's why I was questioning at the start.
    3. Feyfolken
      By definition, it becomes pay-to-win in Warzone, where consumables can be used. These items will be things like vehicles, weapons, etc. and can be really strong, especially if your team coordinates with you. There will supposedly be attempts to balance it, but it won't change much. I don't like this model and I don't think it will be successful in the way 343i wants it to be.
    4. Stonerzard
      Tbh, Halo died when 343 took over. Well, we saw that when MLG announced that they weren't bothering with Halo anymore. There's no place for it in competitive anymore which sucks. They'll take a hit from this and then realise.
  3. ZMOT
    This is what happens when you let investors make games instead of gamers making games... What a sad time to live in...
  4. Arcade
    I was reading this " The REQ packs will provide rewards in the form of unlockable armor and weapon skin customization, as well as one-time use cards that can be brought into Warzone to wreak havoc on the opposing team. "

    IMO it's fine that people can purchase REQ packs for unlockable armor and skins as it's purely cosmetic. BUT now they're adding a feature that can be used to change the tide of the battle ... hmm sounds a little like Call of Duty. Ordnance in H4 was something I could work with but this is a lil too greedy on 343's side.

    Lately all the new games are providing microtransactions and I guess that just wanna be cool & greedy at the same time.
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  5. S7_Kewizzle
    eh f*** it lets all mod it.
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  6. Spyro
    This **** sucks...games are ruined by micro transactions this makes other companies want to do it and then everybody will be doing it...makes games harder to play.
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    1. FlamingRabbit
      Essentially, every game with micro-transactions turns into a game of "How much money am I willing to throw at my screen?"
    2. Spyro
      After you buy the game for $60.
  7. sixty4
    See? I liked it when you went to your game store, bought a game for 60 bucks, put it in your console, and play it. Now we are forced to spend nickels until we are broke.
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  8. TheItalianLad
    Why are you guys making a big deal out of this micro transaction. It's not like its pay to play, right.
    1. Feyfolken
      It's encouraging this whole microtransaction trend and adding it into a franchise that's never been about money. 343 Industries has already made some questionable changes to the series since it was placed into their lap, and introducing an in-game purchase option is just another bad decision they've made. It almost comes across as a blatant disrespect to older Halo fans because in the other games, you had to work for cool stuff.
    2. sixty4
      Dude, there is microtranactions in KIDS GAMES! They make the game boring, but hey, pay for this gun and you can make it fun1
  9. (-_-)
    Wtf are those rekting havoc cards? That is dumb, I don't mind aesthetic micro transactions but that is dumb...
    1. denz
    2. (-_-)
    This is what gaming is these days instead of just a really good game for 60 bucks followed by great dlc we now get half made games with dlc that was supposed to be in the game to begin with. It sucks.
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