I have read through almost every comment and the consensus seems clear. This is a bad idea. This is a step in the wrong direction. This is 343i, once again, trying to put their own spin on the halo franchise. They have had three major releases to look back and reflect on. Player feedback has shown what they've done right and what they've done wrong. This is another case of them "fixing" something that isn't broken and completely screwing the fans in the process. And this isn't even the first time since the reveal that this has happened! First it was the shotgun and magnum being taken out, which has been proven not to be fan approved.
When will 343i learn?
I truly don't think they ever will. They are going to keep pushing this on us until we give up. At this point, I think a full on boycott of the game would be the only thing that would get there attention. Now, some may say that is a way overdramatic reaction to the situation...but is it? They've screwed up over and over. It's not like they've screwed up on different things either. It's been the same category of screwups every single time.
343i needs to respond to this asap and make some changes. They need to actually start listening and
follow through with changes. No more of this, we hear you, but we aren't going to change it like they did with the weapons. I am disappointed.
If anyone from 343i reads this, here are the takeaways.
- Stop making the same mistakes: You've heard the fans for all these years and now more so than ever. You know exactly what we want because we've told you. You don't need to prove yourselves by throwing out the old formula.
- Stop following the popular trends: Generally speaking, nobody wants this skin system or inevitable MTX minefield. I'm a proponent of adding a skin system in addition to the original color pallet system. That'd be cool because nothing is being taken away and nobody would need to use the skins if they didn't want to.
- Stop "fixing" things that aren't broken: This forum has made a clear case that nothing was wrong with the old system and it was in fact a way for many players to represent themselves and take up a story of their own outside of the chief's. This goes back to removing old weapons that are so iconic and loved by the community. There is no reason to take stuff out of the game and replace them. Adding stuff is welcome, but not at the expense of the long standing formula that made halo great.
I will finish with this, we need to make sure we are heard loud and clear on this issue. Again, it may seem over dramatic, but this seems to have rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way and I think it calls for some major action.
I love halo and I really do want to see it succeed. But it's decisions like these that come across as a big "F you, we are doing things out way! Take it or leave it!" Now, while I'm sure this isn't their intent, it comes across as that because we are not being listened to.
P.S. Some may argue that if you don't like the feature then just don't get the game. That'd be easy to say if this wasn't a game series I've been playing for the past 16 years. Especially when it comes to customization, this has been a trademark of halo since day one.
Thank you for coming to my TedTalk. I digress.