Halo Infinite fans are probably aware of a scathing Halo Infinite report going around painting a grim picture of development, but 343 Industries tackled a few of those points publically.
We're talking about Brad Sams' piece on Thurrot, and if you haven't read it here's the skinny - 343 Industries have had a torrid time developing Halo Infinite and the amount of outsourcing has caused many headaches for everyone involved, which eventually led for creative director Tim Longo jumping the ship in August 2019.
It also touches on an earlier report that Halo Infinite's multiplayer and singleplayer were at one point meant to launch together, which 343 denied at the time, and the piece basically accuses them of lying.
In response to this piece posted on Halo's subreddit, community director Brian Jarrard said the studio doesn't normally entertain "this kind of stuff". However, being personally implicated is another matter, so he did.
"I'm going to address the part where he claims Phil Spencer validated his prior reporting even though I (343) denied it. The "reporting" at the time said, "MP would not be shipping with single player this Fall." For a hot minute it was creating a storm on social until I chimed in to debunk it. The tweet that made that claim was then deleted. Phil Spencer went on "Animal Talking" recently and while discussing the Infinite shift to 2021, did mention that separating MP and Campaign was briefly considered before the decision was made to shift it all to next year. These are not the same things. At all", he wrote.
Jarrard stressed that Sams' "report" (his quotation marks) was completely false and that no discussion he claims happened ever actually happened.
In a separate response, 343 Industries' spokesperson responded to IGN's piece that claims how TV show development has hindered the work on the game, saying:
"343 Industries has a devoted transmedia team that is working with Showtime on the creation and production of the Halo TV show. This group is separate from the Halo Infinite development team. These are two completely independent projects with dedicated teams and leadership that do not impact one another."