Attention soldiers, it's time for more information from the frontlines of Halo 3 development, as another weapon update populates the Bungie website.
This time our reticules are set on the Spartan Laser, known by us professionals as the M6 G/GNR. Crucial information tells us it weighs in at a hefty 19.07 kg, has a muzzle velocity of 299792458 m/s and a unit replacement cost of cR. 2180000.00 - which apparently is quite a lot.
In more realistic terms it's a heavy and powerful weapon that's slow to fire. Acting mainly as an anti-vehicle weapon, it requires a three-second charge before the devastating beam erupts from the nozzle, taking down more or less anything in its path.
"I engaged an enemy chopper at a range of [blanked out] meters," boasted one soldier, stroking his handle-bar moustache. "The target immediately erupted into flames. Both vehicle and rider were eliminated."
Another added: "the M6 is one of those rare systems that simultaneously boosts morale, degrades the fighting spirit of the enemy and actually performs admirably as a weapon."
Don't forget that you can experience all this for yourself if you happen to get in to the multiplayer beta test that starts in spring. Currently the only way in is to purchase a copy of Crackdown, which is actually shaping up to be a pretty good game in its own right, as our recent impressions show.
We're so totally pumped right now.