In fact, the only reason we have gotten updates like these is because of information that was leaked through toys and product promotions. If there wasn't a promo for oreo cookies that showed a jpeg of the monarch coating as a reward, the community wouldn't have pushed to get more information about this coating system. 343 literally never would have told us anything about it and probably would have stayed silent until a couple months from release. We probably would have booted up the game expecting nothing to have changed and then had this revelation far too late. The outrage about the color system has exploded, not just because they removed a fundamental part of the game for almost two decades, and replaced it with a system that actively limits player expression compared to previous games. They also made this decision either without considering the ramifications of this choice or not caring. We have to wonder what else they have decided to remove and replace from the previous games. Imagine if next we found out there's no playable elites, but instead we can play as 5 different variants of "Craig." Sure it wouldn't break the game, but we would still be asking ourselves, "Who asked for this? Who thought it would be a good idea? Why did they have to change something that fans have come to expect as a standard?" It's almost a non-issue, but the fact that 343 hasn't been able to give us substantial answers to these questions is very frustrating. It's becoming more clear that the Halo community is not the audience that this game is being aimed towards, at least from the multiplayer side. That's what worries me the most.Max SII S041 wrote:The main gripes a lot of us have with the armor coating system is the possibility of microtransactions from the system, a lack of clear information about what exactly Armor coatings are and how they work, and the restriction of color customization. In terms of the color customization gripe, I think Late Night Gaming's take on it is quite accurate to how we feel: Instead of expanding on the system that already exists and making it better(maybe more color variety with a color wheel? Per piece color customization, even color customization of specific areas on specific pieces? Allowing us to put textures on materials on different pieces of the armor where we wanted?), they uprooted that color system, giving us more variety in texture and materials but stripping away the freedoms of color choice. Instead of expanding on the system, they changed the system for something that came with a cost that shouldn't have.AttorneyAtLife wrote:Just heard about this. After reading a few pages of this megathread, is the issue just that there may now be paid cosmetic shaders and not enough detail from the devs on how the acquisition and application system would work? If so, that is entirely normal for something like this (particularly regarding monetization of f2p multiplayer, which anyone up-to-date on current f2p games would know) and lack of impact on gunplay, story, performance specs, etc.
However, if this is about more than that: if this about community management, then it sounds like we were starved for info on a beloved game delayed at the 11th hour...then given a partial scrap of detail with radio silence afterwards.
Is that a correct assessment or did more developments emerge?
That said, I do believe this topic is definitely apart of something bigger than just our gripes with this system. 343 has hardly given us information about this game for the five years its been in development, and with the game being several months away, they are relatively radio silent about what the game has to offer for us. We are starved of info about the game, and instead of responding to requests for more information, we are only met with deafening silence. What they did do was nice(Audio Recordings, trailers, gameplay premiere, occasional updates), but they should be doing more than just that. An 8 minute gameplay premiere provides us info, but not enough to say I would buy the game. Audio recordings are cool little teaser bits, but in reality they don't provide much of substance. Their trailers look great, but only serve to really hype us up while providing not much about the game. Their occasional updates have long since been vague and discreet, providing information, but far too little, not to mention that a fair bit of their rather major announcements have been met with controversy.
I frankly wouldn't be as bothered as I am about it now, not that I wouldn't be actively requesting more info, if you couldn't go out to a Best Buy store, or go to their website, and pre-order the game right now. That tells me 343 thinks they have the faith of the Halo community in their product, which they are incredibly mistaken to be believing.
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We want more info on "armor coating".