A funny taunt performed by the bots in the Halo Infinite preview has been revealed as a glitch, rather than an intentional choice by the developers. After its recent beta, Halo Infinite was bound to have some glitches, but perhaps none as odd as this. Taunting is a long-running tradition in online multiplayer games and FPS fans have picked up ways to insult those with text or voice chat disabled.
Tebagging is the name given to the taunt where a player performs the crouch motion on the head of a fallen enemy. It’s unclear when the taunt first entered use, but it was likely during the Counter-Strike or Quake era of gaming. It exploded in popularity in the Halo fanbase and has been referenced in numerous video games over the years, in the form of official taunts and emotes that can be used by the player. Now, players are starting to notice that even bots can do it.
Those who took part in the recent Halo Infinite preview noticed that it wasn’t just human players performing this taunt, as the bots were getting in on the action as well. Fans had initially assumed that this was the result of developer 343 Industries adding it into the game as a nod to the fans and that it was something that would likely be taken out of the full game. It turns out this wasn’t the case. 343 told Kotaku that the motion was the result of a bug.
The taunt was the result of bots struggling to navigate the environment. The bots in the preview have issues trying to ascend elevated paths and can get caught in a jumping action that resembles crouching. This is why it resembled the infamous taunt when the glitch happened near a dead player, so fans assumed that it was the developers throwing in a reference. Now that the glitch has received a lot of attention, it will likely be fixed before the game officially launches.
It would have been hilarious if taunting bots was officially part of Halo Infinite, but it seems they’re not smart enough to crouch on bodies just yet. The vitriolic attitude possessed by some online gamers is enough to drive anyone away from the hobby, so it’s understandable why 343 wouldn’t want to have taunting bots in the full version of the game. A.I. opponents are often used to help new players learn how to play the game, in order to prep them for online multiplayer, and being mocked by the computer for not being good enough is bound to turn some people away.
Halo Infinite is currently in development for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.