While I am happy that the X-Markers have been implemented, unfortunately I think 343 Industries has really missed the mark (no pun intended).
I am fine with the marker being white, not a huge issue to me. However, I very adamantly do not like these new X-Markers. Here are the 2 main reasons:
First, it seems silly to me that the X-Marker should follow the body, which could be shot away by a rocket or off a cliff. It would be much more simple and serving of the X-Markers purpose to have a static X-Marker. I understand that possibly there were some programming issues with this. However, if that is not the case, I would very much like for it to change.
Secondly, the more important of the two, the X-Marker does not stay visible for long enough. It seems to stay maybe a second or a second and a half before fading out. This is entirely against the point of the X-Marker. The reason the community wants the X-Marker is so we can see where the battle is going on in the battlefield. Being able to see where your teammates just died is imperative to this. Hence, having the X-Marker disappear so quickly does not get the job done. If someone shouts "One Shot On My X!", in most cases it would appear that the X-Marker would already be gone before teammates could see it.
This would not seem to be a programming issue as it is clear that a set time to fade out has already been implemented with this TU.
Without this kind of X-Marker, it's very difficult to be aware of what's going on in the battlefield other than sound and mic communication. In past Halo games, even the your teammates waypoint would light up when they fired their gun, showing other teammates that they were shooting someone or were near the enemy.
The Halo community wanted the X-Marker from past Halo games, that would be static upon death and would last at least 4-5 seconds. I am extremely disheartened by the path 343 Industries has chosen to take concerning the X-Marker and truly hope that a change can be made as soon as possible.
Also, I guess backend tuning hasn't been implemented with this TU as it wasn't on the change list that was posted? Some clarification would be nice.
Thank you for your time and please take my post to heart. I've always been rooting for you, 343 Industries, I want you to succeed. This X-Marker addition has really been a blow to my faith in you, I hope you can restore it.