Halo Infinite: Tony Stark suspiciously eyes new $20 armor set
Unlike Fortnite, 343 Industries and Microsoft have not acquired the rights to capitalise on another’s billion-dollar IP. The $20 Fire and Frost cosmetic set feature armour skins that Marvel fans will recognise. The Vermilion Fire skin is almost identical to Tony Stark’s classic red-and-gold Iron Man costume from innumerable comics and movies.
However, Halo aficionados seem eager to get the cosmetic bundle. It helps that Halo Infinite’s standard armour colours are old and dull, whereas the premium Iron Man-esque skin is glossy, new, and visually striking. Is Iron Man in their fave shooter?
However, fans criticise 343i for charging $20 for a cosmetic-only bundle. The armour is cool looking, but it’s just too much. The studio hasn’t done much to quell the outrage over the free-to-play game’s over-monetized, under-valued, and unrewarding advancement material.
Maybe in 2022, however creating new armour skins and cosmetics is difficult. It’s one of the studio’s most costly tasks. Since the game’s post-launch revenue sources are solely based on new cosmetics, it’s only natural that 343i would want to sell them.
Several developers told us that designing new armour sets is difficult. Each “skin” is essentially a different armour texture and model with a different base coat. It’s not the same model in a different colour; it’s a fresh model that must fit correctly and not a malfunction.