The Crossbow is compatible with a number of literal living ammunition known as Live Ammo.
- The Crossbows concept design was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's Crossbow.
- The final version of the crossbow bears an aesthetic resemblance to a blend between the Roman crossbow known as the arcuballista and a portable version of the ancient Chinese Chuangzi Nu. The Chuangzi Nu was a crossbow with three individual bows designed to increase rate of fire of projectiles. The grooves of the Stranger's bow features several wheels that are used to conceal/deploy his crossbow when necessary.
- Later in the game the Grubbs give you a new crossbow, but this change is purely cosmetic and does not affect the performance of the crossbow.