Halo 5: Guardians 'Arena REQ Bundle' coming soon for $25

While the Arena REQ Bundle certainly isn't Halo 5: Guardians' first $25 microtransaction, it is still, nonetheless, a $25 microtransaction.

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When Shacknews looked over the best and worst gaming trends of 2015, we broke down the continuing "Hearthstone-ification" of video games. One of the ones that seemed most concerning was the addition of the free-to-play monetized pickups, like the Hearthstone card packs, but in full-priced $60 games. We cited Halo 5: Guardians, in particular, hoping the idea wouldn't lead to high-priced microtransactions.

With that in mind, 343 Industries is set to offer a new Arena REQ Bundle, which will include 14 REQ packs and sell for $25. The bundle will offer 14 Premium Arena REQ packs at a rate of two each week for seven weeks. Players will be guaranteed a Mark V Alpha armor set, inspired by Master Chief's original Combat Evolved armor. But the rest of what's coming will mainly consist of randomized content. These items all look to be cosmetic, mainly because Arena is considered Halo 5's more competitive multiplayer mode.

For the sake of fairness, it should be noted that Halo 5 already has a bundle just like this for Warzone mode. The Warzone REQ Bundle basically offers a similar deal at the same price, but for the Warzone game mode. But it's somewhat concerning that what's essentially seven weeks of random microtransaction content is being offered at what's almost half the price of the full Halo 5 game itself.

Those interested in the Halo 5: Guardians Arena REQ Pack will be able to pick it up on February 16. For more information, check out the original Halo Waypoint post.

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    February 4, 2016 1:46 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Halo 5: Guardians 'Arena REQ Bundle' coming soon for $25

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      February 4, 2016 2:12 PM

      Is this something to be upset or concerned about?

      I don't have an Xbox One but I'm fine with the concept of optional junk such as this as long as the addon maps continue to be free for all. I wish more AAA shooters and games would supplement quality free DLC with token pay for garbage and cosmetics like they've said they'd be doing with Halo 5.

      I don't know what the actual players feel about it, though.

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        February 4, 2016 3:11 PM

        It's entirely cosmetic in Arena. You can also get this stuff by playing as well. In Warzone you can get items that will make a difference, but honestly I could never imagine paying for them and you get plenty for free on a regular basis.

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          February 4, 2016 4:35 PM

          In the case of Halo 5 the Req packs you earn through are indeed cosmetic for arena but Warzone it is entirely different story. Some of the weapons and vehicles you get in these packs might be stronger or require less Req Level to spawn or have different sights on them. I wouldn't call these pay to win but it gets really close to line.

          You see people in Warzone spawn some of the best tier stuff with in a few minutes of a match because they they got an Ultra rare vehicle card. These are things that can change the tide of the battle.

          off-topic, Is it me or do the ads on shacknews refresh way too fast.

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      February 4, 2016 2:19 PM

      I hate that every game feels the need for this shit. It's where f2play, mobile gaming and DLC have taken us.

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        February 4, 2016 3:45 PM

        In Halo 5's case, they promised all DLC maps (18 of them?), for free. They were one of the originators of the pay for DLC map packs in mp shooters, but finally realized it only serves to split the community in the end. That is something that should still be making headlines, not this pay for fluff nonsense.

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          February 4, 2016 4:30 PM

          I am not opposed to DLC for multiplayer games but they need content that includes all players instead of partitioning them off based on what packs they bought. I don't see a problem necessarily with cosmetic skins or emotes or goofy hats. The line gets a bit murky when you start talking about paid weapons or exclusive vehicles/chassis but even that is still better than having community split based on what gamemode or map they bought.