Fun fact, the original Spartan design was based on the design of a mobile suit from the Gundam series, the GM Spartan.
I don't see why people are peeved about the idea of getting more vehicles, or the logic behind another mech vehicle making the Mantis "redundant".
Did the Falcon in Reach make the Hornet redundant? What about the Wasp in 5? Does the Assault Rifle make the SMG redundant? Does the Gravity Hammer make the Energy Sword redundant? No, because they all have differences that make them unique and fun to play with
.The same would apply to any other kind of mech vehicle 343 decides to introduce.
Maybe have this hypothetical machine be based on the Mk I with across the board improvements to bring it in line with current technology. Give it a unique role as a mobile Anti-vehicle assault platform, arm it with a Gauss cannon or some type of single shot high velocity weapon (railgun, spartan laser, cannon, etc.), and give it jump jets so it can evade fire, or get a better firing position on larger vehicle targets like Scorpions and Wraiths. So essentially it becomes a single person Gausshog or Revenant, but with vertical mobility
to set it apart from the other vehicles. Make the jump jets awkward to use, like press the button and it jumps a certain distance (Remember the Dark Troopers from Star Wars Battlefront?) letting you move around while in the air to climb over walls/cliffs and on top of buildings, before the thrusters have to cool down and refuel. The jets could also burn people underneath you as they're firing, giving it a close combat attack like the Mantis stomp.
Would be fun to use something like this in an urban, or rugged environment, using its jump jets to scale buildings/cliffs and its gun to destroy other vehicles or important machines. You could have different variants available, too, like trade its Gauss Cannon for a heavy machine gun, or mount MLRS rocket pods to its back.
There's really so much you can do with this kind of vehicle.
Yes, you are correct. However, the Prototype suit is about that height as well, it seems. In that shot, it towers over those two Marines, far above 9 feet.
Quote:The Mantis? The Mantis isn't 10 feet tall. Its 19 feet tall.
Which is funky because shortly after that shot, it hunches underneath the height of the Wraith it plants a claymore on. I'm pretty sure its scale just varies within the animation because drawing robots is hard.