343's Dan Ayoub reckons charging teensy-tiny amounts for items in Halo isn't entirely beyond the bounds of possibility, in light of the success of Gears of War's weapon skins. Given previous responses to reports of micro-transactions in games, the rest of this news post will be written beneath my desk. Don't shoot the messenger, Spartans.
"I think Halo certainly has the potential for those kinds of things," Ayoub told Digital Spy in an interview. "We don't have too much to talk about in terms of our plans down that line, but it's certainly something... we've seen the fans of Gears are enjoying, and if it's something we think our community is going to enjoy, it's something we'll seriously talk about."
He wouldn't be drawn further, but did suggest that Halo 4 would receive additional content following the release of the Castle Map Pack this week. "Obviously our commitment is always that we're going to make sure there's something for people to do on Halo, whether it's playlists, or new maps or new content, something like that.
"We can't say too much about the specifics we're planning, but what we can say is we don't take that commitment lightly, and people should keep their eyes open for cool stuff."
Before you throw a King (of the Hill)-sized wobbly, bear in mind that 343 has a pretty good history when it comes to free fan service - the developer has added or rotated Halo 4 modes on a weekly basis pretty much since launch. Thanks to a new arrangement with Microsoft, it now has the power to tweak the game's weapons continually without shipping the changes as title updates.
If you were put to it, what would you pay extra for in Halo 4? Helmet skins? Emblem backgrounds?