Model A is in melee with Model B.
Models C and D are in melee, but not with Model A.
Model A makes a spray attack with a weapon that has the Pistol quality, targetting Model B. Models C and D are also under the spray.
Model A ignores the “target in melee” bonus for Model B. Does it also ignore the “target in melee” bonus for Models C and D?
RAW, it seems that it would. If so, is this the intent?
Yes. The trigger to ignore the Target in Melee bonus is to target a model you are in melee with.
This would then apply to that attack, so the spray would benefit from it.
If the rule instead said “Ignore it when attacking the model you are in melee with”, it would be just the one model.
Which would just leave the second question…is this the intent?
The intent was for it to only ignore the models Model A is engaged with. Model B in the given example. Rest of the devs are aware we will look into if it needs adjustment.
Anecdotally, common consensus seems to be that it ignores them all. I’d humbly suggest that the wording needs adjustment to reflect the intent.
I’m fairly certain it was ruled that way in the old rules forum too.