In the year since it became publicly playable, the multiplayer shooter Halo Infinite has not received a single new weapon. But if we are to believe recent leaks, a new weapon: the so-called bandit rifle, which looks a lot like the DMR of the past. Halo games—can join endless‘s arsenal soon. Of course, players are already confused about it.
Halo Infinite‘s free-to-play multiplayer mode, first launched with a series of betas and later in the fall as a full release, is based on a seasonal model, with new maps, modes and cosmetics (some free, some paid) rotated every few months. The game came out of the gate with 21 weapons. Some of these, like the assault rifle and the battle rifle, were updated versions of serial staples. Others, such as the fission agaric, were brand new.
In recent weeks, following tests for Halo Infinite‘s online co-op campaign, news of upcoming additions to the game has leaked like the water tap in my block. Some players have been given access to the game’s Forge mode, which allows players to create custom maps and modes. But one of the most tantalizing discoveries of this recent spate of leaks was evidence of a fully functional bandit rifle, leaked images of which made the rounds this week. (Dataminers dug up footage of the bandit rifle months ago, but this is the first time players have seen it in action.)
Clips to date have shown a semi-automatic firearm that has an almost identical silhouette to the halo 4 and halo 5 version of the DMR. Unlike those previous iterations, however, the bandit rifle does not have a rifle scope. You can aim in the crosshairs using your crosshair’s built-in zoom, which means you can’t get “descoped” (Halo terminology: when you get shot while looking through a telescope, you go back to ironsights). According to tests conducted by some leakers, it takes four shots to break an enemy’s shields; you can then finish them off with a single headshot or three bodyshots. And the bandit gun fires fast (think: ‘s gun) halo 5).
For some players, like myself, this heralds the long-awaited return of a fan-favorite weapon. But others have some concerns. Halo Infinite pro player Tyler “Spartan” Ganza – who is now affiliated with Faze Clan . pro team after a split earlier this summer from his previous organization, eUnited—said it’s close to a “god tier” gun but needs to “slow down” [the] rate of fire, remove bloom, [and] add scope.” This would theoretically make the gun a bit more balanced. The DMR has historically been a long-range devastating weapon; if you can’t dodge a distant opponent, they automatically have a significant advantage.
Yes, but: it’s hard to estimate how a weapon will feel before you actually play it.
“My brother in christ, no one has even used this weapon yet,” the anonymous Shitty Halo Takes Twitter account said. “Esports has ruined gaming and I will die on that hill,” added another anonymous account in a tweet that has since amassed 50,000 likes.
People on both sides of the debate continue to blow up the same topics of conversation in yet another instance of the rift that has been defined Halo Infinite. On the one hand, you have top players, citing their expertise and thousands upon thousands of hours of playtime, suggesting minor tweaks to the sacred quest for balance. On the other hand, you have casual players who just want the game to be fun.
We’ve seen this play out before. During the start screen of Halo Infinite, the mangler’s weapon was absolutely dominant. You could take out an opponent in two moves: one shot, one melee attack. It was even unofficially agreed that it would not be used in Halo Infinitethe professional circuit. In answer, 343 Industries has toned down its effectiveness earlier this year. Now nobody uses the thing in casual play – it’s mostly useless these days – and the pros still frown when using it in official games, making one of the Halo InfiniteThere are 21 weapons from the pool. There is some concern among casual players that the bandit rifle may be defanged before it even has a chance to bite.
But all this is purely hypothetical because, to be crystal clear here, no one knows for sure when the bandit gun is coming Halo Infinite– or whether it is at all. Representatives from 343 Industries did not respond to a request for comment.