343 Industries Apologizes For Halo Infinite Juneteenth Cosmetic With Offensive Name



Various developers at 343 Industries have apologized for a Halo Infinite Juneteenth cosmetic that was briefly named after an endangered monkey, with Chief Creative Officer Joseph Staten calling the error “inexcusable.”

The free cosmetic, which arrived Tuesday as part of the game’s weekly store refresh, was meant to celebrate the federal holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States. The Juneteenth nameplate when it arrived carried an optional color scheme named Bonobo (an endangered species of great ape). This was quickly pointed out by content creator Halo Sean Wafter which the emblem was renamed “Freedom”.

Senior Halo Community Manager John Junyszek apologized for the name on Twitter, saying the name was derived from an internal toolset, but acknowledged “it was not intended to be applied to this content and we recognize the harm that he may have caused”.

While the name was quickly changed, the damage was already done. 343 Head of Industry Bonnie Ross said the studio and the Halo franchise are committed to “inclusiveness where everyone can be themselves” and apologized “for making a celebrated moment a hurtful moment”. Staten, in his statement on Twittersaid he was “ashamed” 343 that the error occurred.

Bonobo is indeed an internal development tool used in Halo since the Bungie era of the franchise, as the Halo content creator pointed out. mint blitz. This, however, does not explain how the name of an asset editing program used by 343 became the official name of an in-game cosmetic. The various developers who publicly apologized for the error n did not provide details on how the error occurred or what the studio will do to prevent similar errors from happening in the future.

Halo Infinite received its first mid-season “Drop Pod” update on Tuesday, bringing changes to ranked matchmaking, bug fixes, and adjustments to in-game vehicles.

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