Halo: Infinite’s Bots Were Teabagging Players…by Accident?

While Halo: Infinite doesn’t officially release until late 2021, a technical test of the game, dubbed a Test Flight, took place between July 29 and August 2, 2021. This allowed a select group of players to try out the game, playing against bots. The upgraded bots for this game demonstrated more than just improved skills when some players noted that bots seemed to be engaging in teabagging. Teabagging is a taunt used most often in online games where a player repeatedly crouches, usually over the corpse of another player. Teabagging has been around for a long time in online gaming but is thought to have gained widespread popularity after the release of 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved, the first Halo game.

In an email to Kotaku, the developer of Halo: Infinite, 343 Industries, indicated that this behavior was not intentional. In the email the representative stated “[t]he bots are meant to be welcoming and fun for players of all skill levels, and a feature designed to taunt a player would oppose that goal.” Despite this, there are videos on YouTube showing Halo: Infinite bots engaging in the notorious practice.

While the Halo: Infinite Test Flight has officially ended, Brian Jarrard of 343 Industries has stated on Twitter that there may be at least one additional “larger scale flight, properly focused on PVP” for players prior to the official launch of the game.

Could the bots have learned to teabag even if they weren’t coded to do so directly? What do you think? Tell us in the comments below or join the Boss Rush Discord and chime in there.

SOURCES: Kotaku, TheGamer, Windows Central, Brian Jarrard

IMAGE SOURCE: 343 Industries

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