I’m disappointed to be writing this. I do feel though, that Halo as a game series I grew up with, is long gone and the original ideals are long forgotten. The vicious monetary system around armor customization has really showed me that 343 has no idea what the “roots of Halo” really are. I’m astonished that they could make this season one "Heroes of Reach’ without remembering how beloved the Reach customization system was. “Remember Reach” is just a catch phrase now. Veteran players like me are outraged. Halo multiplayer armor customization used to showcase players with skill and determination in unlocking high tier armor pieces. I’d like to remind everyone about the original Recon armor in Halo 3 and how only the most determined players achieved the goal in earning Recon. I was one of those people, full disclosure I was a Halo no life. Now seeing the “battlepass” and armor unlocked via paywall instead of actual achievement in the game, is a slap in the face. I will never regard anyone’s armor as special in this Halo title, knowing the most work they had to put in was enter a credit card number. I don’t care if the multiplayer is free, I’d rather pay $60 for a full Halo title and be able to unlock armor and cosmetics through game progression and achievement than have free multiplayer and a massive amount of microtransactions for armor.
TL;DR the armor customization system is an insult to players. I miss old Halo multiplayer.