In case you somehow missed it, the multiplayer component of Halo Infinite has this week added cat ears to the in-game store. They'll set you back 1,000 credits and can only be purchased as part of a bundle deal.
Despite the asking price of $10 USD (or the regional equivalent) they seem to be proving highly popular, but as usual with all game communities nowadays, not everyone is necessarily a fan. After the somewhat bumpy reception of multiplayer going free-to-play, and select cosmetics locked off behind real-money transactions, some players appear to have reached a boiling point with the introduction of these cat ear helmet attachments.
The crowd against cat ears believes purchasing them is essentially sending the wrong message to 343 about development priorities. When multiplayer issues are still present and modes like Forge and co-op still haven't been introduced, these players are worried the success of these cosmetics will only encourage more focus on monetary transactions. Others have voiced their concerns about where it ends if this is the state of multiplayer after a month — with claims it's turning into Fortnite, and that 343 is showing little respect for the "themes" of Halo.
"Armor should stay armor themed, not daisies and cat ears. This seems like a horrible ploy to attract Fortnite players and not appeal to their real fans. I’m begging you 343…please focus on armor that actually fits with Halo or at least armor themes."
"I love Halo infinite, great game. I didn’t mind the f2p situation because whatever they want money from microtransactions. The samurai stuff was odd and doesn’t fit the Halo universe but it didn’t look toooo off to fit in… But now we have fricken cat ears? Does 343 want to ruin Halo universe with this terrible out of universe BS to make money? We’re going to start seeing literally clown suit Spartans in a year, just watch."
"I thought this kind of cr*p was bad enough on COD... I thought Halo and 343i at least had integrity but that is on the floor in a puddle of p*ss too."
One common suggestion seems to be for 343 to allow players to turn off cosmetics — similar to the toggle option in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. And on the other side of the fence, many have reminded everyone how Halo has always had a bit of a silly side over the years, like the pizza slice gun skin in Halo 5: Guardians.
Those who do like the cat ears also have some of their own issues — they're not big fans of the price, the fact the cat ears are locked to a specific helmet, and that the ears can only be obtained within a specific bundle, which encourages users to fork out more:
Again though - regardless of all this, it seems cat ears are paying off for 343:
If you're interested in picking up a set of cat ears, be sure to check out our guide with instructions on how to do it:
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