So I just watched a video by a halo YouTuber that I’m already on the fence about, where he essentially tried to paint the idea of Cross-Core customisation as a negative for Infinite.
For reference, the 4 Cons he presented were;
A) Cores become irrelevant,
B) Everyone looking like a ‘mush’ Spartan,
C) More work for 343,
D) Clipping issues.
To be quite frank, I find these to be so baseless that it’s strengthened my views to push the idea of Cross-Core as a needed update for the future of the game.
As a response to these points;
A) Cores still remain relevant, as there’s nothing stopping you from decking yourself out in full ‘core canon’ items. It simply allows others more freedom in how they want to build their look. If anything it allows you to have preset ‘favourite’ builds that you can flip between on the fly inbetween matches without having to do a full rebuild.
B) Sure, you’re going to get some odd looking Spartans on the battlefield. But is it not already odd seeing an ancient yet futuristic looking samurai dressed in red, white and blue running around? How is a standard Mark VII with a sword around his waist or an oriental helmet any more odd?
(If I’m being honest, I find it’s verging more into personal preference, and a “I don’t want to see X in my game” mindset, which is it’s own topic.)
C) We’ve seen Bots going Cross-Core since launch, so the ‘work’ involved is already mostly there as far as in-game is concerned. It’s mostly just UI adjustments to have items visible for the customisation menu. I’m no Dev, but I’m guessing that’s the lesser end of the work stick than the in-game adjustments needed to make this happen.
And D) I already see clipping when my Spartan crosses his arms at the start of the match, so calling it a potential issue is moot, as we already have it with core-locked Spartans. And unless 343 come out with very specific items, I don’t see this as becoming more of an issue down the line than it already is.
But what does a future without Cross-Core look like?
Well that really depends on what 343 choose to do as we move forward, and how they handle the BP.
Per-Season Fracture Cores aside, if we get a new canon-core each season, I see 2 (kinda 3) possibilities; either we leave old season cores in the dust, or we have to start sharing our 100 unlocks across more an more cores.
The 3rd option is that certain cores go into a kind of hiatus for a season or more and then come back later.
Or maybe there’s a 4th option, by which once we’ve gotten 5 or 6 cores, they stop giving us new cores and just move forward with one of the above options of sharing or hiatusing them.
Personally I’m not keen on any of the above futures for core-locked customisation.
I’m not one to buy much from the store, but I can see potential backlash from players who have paid money for Vb items, only to find out that the Vb will be ‘discontinued’ or rarely updated in the future.
It’s hard to say how things will shape out with us not knowing what 343’s plans are moving forward, but everything I’ve read, seen and experienced leads me to believe a future without Cross-Core is a net negative for the game as we move forward.
…thanks for coming to my TED Talk.