I would imagine that an M rating would mean a lot of Xmas stockings don't get to be stuffed with Halo Infinite.
It's a catch 22 isn't it.A T rating over an M will not guarantee more money or players. If the game is good players will buy it and invest in it regardless of ratings or content. If 343i are in catch 22 situation over an M or T rating affecting the popularity of the Halo franchise, that's worrying. Making the best game possible should be their only concern. Do that and the rest takes care of itself.
Something that adds immersion (blood) vs something that potentially increases population (T-rating).
I guess it comes down to the increase in population from the T-rating vs the drop in population of those who refuse to play without blood.
And, more realistically, what proportions of those populations are likely to hang around for longer and spend more money.
From a developer's point of view, a game such as Halo, which only dabbles a little bit in horror/gore - is going to need a strong narrative excuse to go all bloody on us.
That would hurt...
And I'm assuming that it will be locked out of GamePass for anyone 16 or under.
I don't know the numbers... but 343 will have a fair idea. And they will have a fair idea of which parts of the population are more likely to splurge on microtransactions etc.
Yes. Best game possible. But also balanced with a game that is as profitable as possible. I'm sure decisions such as this are done for valid marketing reasons.
The inclusion of blood won't make any difference to sales, every year I see kids queuing with parents for the latest CoD at my local GAME. Besides, all the Halo games I own are PEGI 16 and all have a good amount of blood except Halo 5. I've seen many PEGI 16 / T rated games with more blood than Halo 5.
No idea what you mean with gamepass. Nothing is "locked out" by default as you need to be 18 to officially make an account.
The people that spend the most on games are the ones earning the money. Most teens and pre teens do not have the same disposable income as working adults do. I get requests from my children regularly for DLC, my first question is what is it for, not what's the rating of the game.
Games should be about progression and not regression. Halo had blood since day one, and that along with other things have been removed with 343i. I think it's a bad move to change a game's design at any level. Halo has changed and lost too much, time to get back to what we loved and that includes blood.