It may be a while yet before we see anything new from Halo Infinite, but in the meantime 343 Industries may have its hands full quashing supposed leaks. In the wake of Infinite's delay earlier this month, a rumor about 343 considering dropping Xbox One support and possibly pushing the title to 2022 has had some fans worried, and it's gained enough traction to warrant a debunking from the developers.
Today, 343 Community Manager John Junyszek took a moment to calm pro Halo player Eric "snip3down" Wrona's concerns about a delay to 2022. "Hey Eric," Junyszek writes, "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."
Over the weekend, one rumor in particular posted to ResetEra gained traction and spread to Halo communities on Reddit and Twitter. The poster in question alleged that the idea of making Infinite a PC and next-gen exclusive was top of mind for 343 and that a delay beyond 2021 was "on the table."
Junyszek's firm response to the contrary aside, it's not entirely out of the question to think that such drastic measures have at least been floated internally at 343 and Microsoft. Just a day after the delay to 2021 was announced, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that prior to settling on the new launch window, he discussed the possibility of splitting Infinite up into parts with 343's Bonnie Ross and Matt Booty of Xbox Game Studios. "It just didn't feel, to all of us, like the Halo release that we would want," Spencer said.
A couple weeks earlier, 343's Brian Jarrard shot down a rumor about Infinite being launched without its multiplayer component, but the idea of releasing Infinite in separate parts was at least discussed either around that time or not long thereafter. At the moment it's too early to rule out any other drastic changes to Infinite's release plans, but for now 343 is standing by its original statement about the delay.
Halo Infinite is planned for a 2021 release on PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One. There's no word on whether 343 and Microsoft aim to launch it earlier or later in the year. Perhaps the delay will make it easier for 343 to roll out public testing ahead of Infinite's release—previously, 343 said we'd be getting info on multiplayer soon, and it's possible we could still see more of Infinite this year as development continues.