The official Team Fortress 2 blog recently posted some details about their upcoming Sniper update. It looks like they're spreading the info over a couple of days but right now we know the sniper will be getting a new bow-and-arrow combo that allows you to pin enemies to walls. The weapon also comes with a one-second charge similar to the sniper rifle that will allow it to score insta-crits on the unlucky target. No word on which weapon this replaces but I'll assume it's the sniper rifle and not the machine gun. So that brings up some questions.
- Will the arrow have an arc trajectory similar to the Pyro's flare gun?
- If so, why would you ever use the thing over your sniper rifle?
Not that I'm against the idea of a hunting bow, mind you. And hey, pinning dudes up against a wall with a wooden projectile really hasn't been done well since the original Painkiller. I guess I just sometimes question the use of some of the alternate weapons that get added through class updates. If they use the bow as a replacement to your machine gun and had a medium distance zoom to compliment the rifle's long range one I might get a little more excited. As of now, I just hope it doesn't add yet another highly stylized animation to TF2's noisey airspace.
As a side note, if you're a TF2 fan and have not checked out the Gang Garrison "demake" do so now. While crude, it totally captures the spirit of the original game.