Cut Halo 5: Guardians weapons
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Grenade launcher CLUSTER
The Grenade Launcher CLUSTER is an unused REQ weapon that can be found within the files of Halo 5: Forge. The weapon appears to have been fully modelled, textured, and functionally implemented in-game based on the existing Grenade Launcher. It is unknown why it was cut from the game.
Like other M319 grenade launchers, it can be fired immediately or held down to manually detonate on release. Additionally, manual detonation results in an EMP effect. Upon detonation, the projectile will split into 8 separate projectiles dealing damage in an area. Due to the spread and EMP effect, the secondary fire could be useful in disabling air vehicles. The splinters attempt to assemble into the same shape made by splinters of the traditional splinter grenade. Said shape is a plus-shape viewed from one side and a horizontal hexagon viewed perpendicular to that side.
Files within Halo 5: Guardians show that 343 Industries was planning on releasing some Brute weapons into the Halo 5 sandbox - possibly to coincide with the release of Halo Wars 2. These weapons coincide with a new scope variant planned for inclusion for use on loadout weapons. These weapons may have also served as prototypes for the Brute sandbox later featured in Halo Infinite.
Brute sniper rifle
The brute sniper rifle was going to be a weapon in Halo 5: Guardians that would have served the role of a precision sniper rifle. The weapon holds four rounds in its magazine, with an additional 12 rounds storage for a total capacity of 16 rounds. The Subanese crystal needle fired from the sniper is the same model fired by the Needler, albeit recoloured and larger - intended as a placeholder. These rounds impale themselves in players and scenery upon impact and explode a few seconds after hitting their target, though the explosion is fairly small and likely only to hit the enemy if they stand atop the spike or are impaled. It takes one body shot with the explosion effect to drop a Spartan's energy shielding and another body shot to kill, though headshots cause an instalkill. The Brute sniper rifle has a 3.5 second reload speed.
Brute magnetic missile
The Brute magnetic missile was to serve as Brute-themed rocket launcher equivalent. The weapon holds only one round in its magazine, with a reserve of 5 rounds. The rocket fired from the weapon is a shot that splits into five smaller rounds mid-flight, which then proceed to arc downward explode after a few seconds after hitting the ground. The explosive effect of the projectiles cause an EMP which can completely disable vehicles, alongside dealing heavy damage.
The magnetic missile can kill a Spartan in one shot, and has a reload speed of five seconds.
The Brute spiker was a weapon presumably intended to bring the Type-25 Spiker previously featured in Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach into Halo 5: Guardians. The weapon holds 30 rounds in its magazine, with a reserve of 80 for a total of 110 rounds. The weapon uses Blamite Needler rounds as a placeholder to represent the spikes and the model of the Boltshot in lieu of a proper Spiker weapon model. Although using the Needler's ammunition, the Spiker behaves akin to its Halo 3 incarnation, and has no lock on capabilities. It takes roughly twelve rounds to drop shields while hitting the body, and then six or more for the kill.
The Spiker has a 1.5 second reload speed.
Brute gatling mortar
Intended as the Brutes' support weapon, the gatling mortar uses the model of the assault cannon as a placeholder. The weapon does not have an ammunition count, instead displaying the HUD icon for the plasma cannon and its ammo percentage meter. Despite the presence of this HUD element, the meter does not count down while firing, likely due to the weapon's unfinished nature. The projectiles that are fired from the gun are fast firing explosive bolts. It takes only five of these rounds to drop a fully shielded player, when hit anywhere on the body.
Contained within the files of Halo 5: Forge are scopes of Brute origin. The scopes are compatible with the Battle Rifle and Assault Rifle, and may have been intended to coincide with the 2016-2017 release of Halo Wars 2 - which primarily focused on the Banished as an enemy.
Early Promethean scope
Test laser guided
Test Mine layer
Test multi lock
Test supercombine rifle