Born on CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, he was raised by a single father and was a classic army brat. Having lost his mother and moving constantly, he became more and more of a loner, comfortable relying on himself.
Following his father's footsteps, Mackay joined the Canadian military in his teens. At the height of his military career, he was a member of Joint Task Force 2 as a part of a counter-terrorism unit.
After retiring from the military, Mackay followed his dreams of exploring and living off the grid. He later joined the No-Pats as an assault specialist for the MFS-04 Exodus' Task Force. This was due to the realization of how much he and his survival skills could help as well as to make right a regret from his military days.
Mackay is described as an outdoorsman, nomad, and soldier. Mackay is an ass-kicker with a conscience. As a lone wolf, he will follow his gut before he waits for orders.
Mackay comes equipped with the Grapple Gun as his specialty. Capable of firing a Grappling Hook, it allows him to quickly ascend various structures, or move quickly over shallow terrain.
The Grapple Gun has unlimited ammunition, limited by a modest cooldown. It can attach to most map elements (perhaps short of foliage). It can also inflict 50 damage against enemy infantry and Ranger drones, at risk of being reeled in with a miss. The hook can even penetrate helicopter canopies to injure occupants.
After latching onto a suitable target, the gadget immediately winches the player towards it at roughly 20 meters per second. The player has no control over the winching action beyond steering ( or ) or detaching ( ). The player will automatically climb any ledges above the hook, and can parachute in instances where a landing might be unsafe. Should there be a window below the winch point, the player will instead crash through it (taking priority over climbing up to a ledge above). With careful aim, winching may counteract some falls, and can even propel a player above the launch point. The gadget takes longer to cool down after using the winch feature.
The Grapple Gun pulls the player towards the spot where the Grapple Gun first made contact with a vehicle, but does not track its location. An exception appears to be the rocket on Orbital, which can drag the player along during launch, but may eventually exceed the winch speed if the player fails to reach the rocket.
The player appears to gain invulnerability to terrain-based damage, but may possibly continue to receive damage from vehicle collisions and falls (if the winch does not act quickly enough).
Mackay comes with Nimble as his trait. This allows the player to move more quickly while aiming down sights, further enhancing their speed-related advantages. This and his gadget allows him to be extremely mobile.
- Mackay's voice actor, Ronan Summers, also provides his voice and likeness to David Montes in Battlefield 3.
|Image||Name||Criteria||Achievement Points||Trophy Type|
|Going Places||Travel for 1000m in one round with Mackay's Grappling Hook||15G|
Mackay Mastery 1 (T5)
Obtain 5 kills or assists as Mackay
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Mackay Mastery 4 (T4)
Mackay Mastery 40 (T1)