Halo Infinite community manager John Junyszek took to Twitter to deny the rumors that the game would be delayed until 2022. The original reply, which happened in the late afternoon, was a response to streamer “snip3down” as he Tweeted about the rumors of the game being delayed. As there is no origin for these rumors, one can think that they came to be due to 343 recently delaying Halo Infinite from the 2020 holiday to an unknown date in 2021. This original pushback happened due to complications that the COVID-19 pandemic brought onto the production studio.
Hey Eric – we’re seeing lots of fake “leaks” out there, so please don’t believe everything you read. There are no plans to change our 2021 release or the devices and platforms we’ll be supporting. We’re building Halo Infinite to be the best it can be on each device/platform 👊
— John Junyszek (@Unyshek) August 25, 2020
At the same time as this response, 343 Industries (the developer behind the sci-fi shooter) also responded to rumors that the studio would be abandoning the Xbox One version of the upcoming game as well. As it goes, Halo Infinite is still in development for the Xbox Series X, PC, and the standard Xbox One. Unlike the first, this rumor originates from VGC and previously accurate leaker Sponger. These rumors started to spread like wildfire due to the thoughts that the Xbox One would be less in demand than Series X. This denial of rumors happened soon after they denied a rumor that the multiplayer and campaign mode would be sold separately from each other.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer also went on to address both of these rumors in a recent interview saying, “Frankly, held back is a meme that gets created by people who are too caught up in device competition.” Along with Spencer, this is not the first time 343 has taken to social media to deny rumors in the Halo community. As of now, Halo Infinite will be available for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. The multiplayer mode of the game will also be free to play upon release.