The simple explanation is Sangheili have races like humans do. That's it. I too don't understand why people keep saying this. I'd like to be able to play as all races, but as I understand how that's probably wishful thinking, I can settle for Halo 2 anniversary style as I think it's the most suitable.
Each phenotype is not its own faction. Never understood why people said this.
man i kinda like h4 elites (used to dislike them like you) arent 4&5 elites supposed to be like a separate faction, jun whatever his name is, I think the armor fits well, just really bummed it all seems like a waste since they never let you play as one...
Does anyone else notice that Halo Infinite Elites are heavy based on halo reach armours?way better than the H4/5 elites in my opinion
(crazy how long this tread is)
Ok wait a min bro... Your logic is a little misplaced. I understand what you are trying to say, but I could not disagree more. Sangheili are not HUMAN... Stop using Human biology or our science to justify how other things would work for another species in the universe. This is fantasy but still, my point remains. Allow me to explain. Sangheili are very different from human. Races for humans comes by SKIN color, not looking like a sub species. Elites have a totally different ball game here. The Elites in H4 and H5 only happened simply because 343i are game dev's and they could do whatever they wanted. There is no such thing as Lore justifying a design change, unless the Dev's intended it to be that way, but that is just speculation, not PROOF.
If they do have any now, it is only because people wanted a lore based excuse. Remember this is a video game, and 343i had their OWN vision in mind. Sangheili races in this case would be more accurately described as a SUB species. Hence, why 343i said the elites that we knew are apparently from Sanghelios's moon, Not their actual home world. Which of course is Retconned lore from the ORIGINAL SAGA!!! They changed that. It wasn't like that originally. Also, I would also like to mention that Elites had the same design as H3 or Halo Wars 2 or any of the classic Halo's but could still be a different "Race" simply by having a different color tone to their body. For example, the Half Jaw is white, Arbiter is black, Some Elites are brown or who knows what other colors.
One last thing as well. Everybody has a right to have an opinion and we should all respect an opinion for it being exactly that... However I must confess, I get stupidly annoyed when people somehow think that 343i's Sangheili design in H4 or H5 is actually good, or let me rephrase, BETTER than the original. I would argue that those people have really bad taste in appearances, but... to each his own I suppose.
Point is, Halo Infinite's by what we have seen so far, is probably the BEST design of an Elite and has the best of both worlds. Skin texture, framework, armor, scales, pretty much everything in Halo Infinite looks pretty promising for Elites. For once, I can actually say, Elites look like.... ELITES.