Microsoft and 343 Industries have already shown off Halo Infinite's in-game trailer along with some screenshots, but the companies' job advertisements are ready to tell a different kind of tale, one fraught with microtransactions.
The first ad is for an online experience design director, who will among other things take care of implementation of "microtransactions and integration of [Microsoft's] business plan throughout the game". Additionally, he will handle in and out-of-game progression as well as social and engagement features.
Microsoft are looking for a seasoned veteran though, with 8 year experience on microtransactions or social components of at least 2 AAA titles, where they performed as lead designer or higher. As you'd expect, they're looking for someone with experience to make Halo Infinite as addictive as possible.
A job of senior software development engineer is also up for grabs, although it's currently focusing on creating Halo Infinite's anti-cheat solutions and "evaluation of 3rd party solutions". As you'd expect, requirements are slightly lower, although Microsoft will naturally prefer more experienced candidates.
Microsoft and 343 have already confirmed that Halo Infinite will be following up on events in Halo 5, so it's a proper Halo 6 and not the prequel that many initially feared. Not that PC users will mind much though, since it has been a while since Master Chief reared his snout there.
Although pretty its own right, the trailer shown on this year's E3 is more like a David Attenborough edition of the in-game world, minus the spectacular commentary, so we're yet to see what the two have in mind. We do know one thing - Master Chief is back and he doesn't seem to be in the mood for sitting around the fire singing Kumbaya.
Interestingly enough, Halo Infinite's head of business, operations and esports Elizabeth Van Wyck recently announced that Microsoft will be paying more attention to the esports aspect of Halo. "We want to significantly invest in it and create a structure that not just has longevity but has consistencies that others can build businesses off of", she said.