To be honest, the REQ system is intrusive, but not as much as BF2’s lootbox system was. It is intrusive in the fact that everything is unlocked from it. If you buy the game and decide you are going to completely avoid the REQ system, then you’ll be stuck with recruit armor and a couple basic loadouts forever. You won’t have access to any weapon skins, power weapons, vehicles, loadouts besides the basic Magnum and Assault Rifle, and xp boosts. You are required to use the req system if you want to really get anything or really get any kind of progression at all. A system like that is an intrusive system. If 343 must bring back the REQ system into Halo 6, it would need a massive overhaul. I would suggest something like this.As for being well liked and player focused, well I’m sorry but this is just plain wrong. It is very well HATED and is not player focused at all. It is money focused.
I’m going to summon ske7ch, GrimBrother One, and Unyshek here because there is some pretty good discussion here that I think they should see.
I totally agree with what you said!
The only problem is, that we’re not going to get an official statement from 343 concerning this topic...
Everytime so major news regarding Halo is dropped it happens everywhere but not on waypoint (sorry for my bad English, I’m from Germany and it’s like 6AM). Most of the time, for reasons beyond my comprehension, 343 is posting everything concerning their projects on a third party site like reddit instead of doing so here. On their own website. They created waypoint for the purpose of communicating with the players but horribly fail at doing so, everything is a bit of Canon from Grim here and some community stuff from ske7ch there but nothing really important.
Other developers actually ask their fans what they want in the next instalment or make something like a wishlist thread (à la Forza/Turn10), but it’s been a very long time since something like this has happened for Halo.
I‘m so sick of 343 saying things like ”we’ve listened to the community“, that’s -Yoink-!
They don’t reply to topics like the missing love for BTB, the Elite Megathread (at least last time I checked) or any wishes we post here. If they were really listening they would interact with us over these forums, they would let us be part in their development process or just ask ”Hey what are your wishes for the next game?“ , but none of this happens...
The best example for them ignoring all that is going on here is that Frankie said that the req system was well liked, if he would’ve scrolled through this forum only one time he would have seen that the majority of people actually disliked it and want a real progression system with skill and not luck based unlocks. But sure the req system made a -yoink- ton of money for them, so it was well liked???
Just because it sold well doesn’t mean it was liked, instead it scared away many people.
343 is going with a short term strategy here and they will surely get a backlash for that soon enough.
They should realise that if they want to keep Halo going for a while they shouldn’t do what makes the most money, but instead they should do what their customers want, otherwise they are going to crash really hard sooner or later.