WELCOME TO THE TEAM

If you ever want to manage your favourites, change your details or update your marketing preferences, just visit ‘My Account’

Personalise your GGRecon experience so that the information presented is bespoke to your likes
Games
Call of Duty
VALORANT
Apex Legends
Fortnite
Streamers
Pokemon
Elden Ring
Destiny
FIFA
Overwatch
LOL
CS:GO
RL
Horror
Trending
Pokemon Go
Lost Ark
Genshin Impact
Neon White
Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Welcome
to the team
Sign Up via Social Media:
Or Sign Up Manually
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

RESET YOUR PASSWORD
Complete!
Success! You’ve reset your password
You’ll now be able to use this password to login successfully
RESET YOUR PASSWORD
RESET YOUR
PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Email sent! Check your inbox

We’ve sent a link to the email ‘’.

Please follow the instructions in this email
to reset your password

FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Please enter your username so we can send you a link to reset your password
Welcome back to
Enter your details below to log into the GGRecon Site:
Login via Social Media:
Or Login Manually
Not a GGRecon member yet? Sign Up Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Coming Soon

We're making improvements to your experience, and we'll have new features ready for you in the near future!

Want to be the first to here about it?

Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Complete your sign up
 
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Halo Developers Under Fire For 'Ape' African-American Holiday Symbol

Halo Developers Under Fire For 'Ape' African-American Holiday Symbol
343 Industries

Written by 

Jack Marsh

Posted 

15th Jun 2022 15:11

Life over at 343 Industries is going from bad to worse. Having tormented Halo Infinite fans with multiple delays, engaged in little post-launch content, ditched the game riddled with bugs, and even added salt to the wounds of players (quite literally) with a cookbook, the developers can't escape from the negativity surrounding their flopping title. 

Now, 343 is under fire once more, as a borderline racist "ape" symbol was released to celebrate an African-American holiday. The Halo Infinite dev team opted to show its support for Juneteenth, which is a holiday that celebrates the abolishment of slavery in the United States - often leaning into the African-American culture.

While the sentiment of celebrating the holiday in-game is admirable, marrying the efforts seen by releasing Pride Month rewards, the devs have now come under fire for labelling the anti-slavery Juneteenth Nameplate as "Bonobo" - a type of ape.

Halo Infinite Releases 'Ape' Juneteenth Reward

The Nameplate palette (similar to a Calling Card or Nametag background) was released on June 14, featuring the typical African colours of green, red, and yellow. This allowed players to sport the style in-game, but it was soon picked up for the wrong reasons. 

Halo Infinite fans took particular notice of the name "Bonobo," which refers to an endangered species of great ape found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Celebrating the abolishment of slavery with a primate often used as a racial slur saw fans become immediately insulted, with a Reddit thread going viral within minutes.

Some fans went as far to say, "I'll uninstall the game right now if it's true", while others are gobsmacked that nobody "double checks" the information before publishing.

 

Halo Devs Apologise For Patched 

Unsurprisingly, the Halo team issued an instant apology and revoked the item's name. Senior Community Manager at 343 Industries, John Junyszek, took to social media to clarify that Bonobo is an in-house internet tool that is used to design animations within Halo, and that the developers apologise for not recognising the double-meaning. 

"While the original name refers to an internal toolset, it was not intended to be applied to this content and we recognize the harm it may have caused."

The Juneteenth celebration Nameplate has since been renamed "Freedom". However, fans still used this opportunity to mock 343, saying, "This is the fastest update Halo Infinite has ever and will ever see".

Halo's lack of updates will continue to ridicule the chances of Infinite becoming a popular title, but 343 should keep a closer eye on the smaller additions to the game nonetheless.

Trending
Paramount+ Halo Series Slammed By The Game's Creator
Halo Fans Are Obsessed With Master Chief's Bedroom Antics
Halo Boss Teases The Return Of Classic Maps
Halo Pro Issues Connor McGregor's Non-Apology To Halo Devs After Being Fined
Xbox Insider Confirms New Halo Game