Halo Infinite Juneteenth ‘Bonobo’ nameplate quickly removed in recent update

Update 6/15/2022, 12:54 a.m.: Founder and Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross has apologized for the title of the nameplate on behalf of the studio. “We are a studio and franchise that is committed to inclusivity where everyone is welcome and supported to be their true self,” wrote Ross. “On behalf of 343, I apologize for making a celebrated moment a hurtful moment.”

Our original story follows below.

What you need to know

  • 343 Industries is facing backlash after the studio added a Juneteenth-themed nameplate called “Bonobo” to the game.
  • The nameplate was quickly renamed to “Freedom,” and then to “Juneteenth.”
  • 343i says that the nameplate was erroneously named after an internal developer tool, and that it recognizes the offense it may have caused.
  • Windows Central reached out to 343 Industries for further comment, but was told that the developers have nothing else to share at this time.

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