‘Halo: Gravemind’ leak tagged as ‘fake news’

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A promotional image for "Halo 5: Guardians," for Xbox One. (Xbox official website)

With just a few days before the E3 event, a leaked image sent fans of the video game “Halo” excited. Unfortunately, the developers debunked it by calling it “fake.”

According to a report from Gamespot, a screen capture of an alleged marketing material for “Halo: Gravemind” floated. Apart from the game’s title, the Snapchat screen capture also showed the name of Creative Assembly as its developer. Furthermore, it also displayed the date “October 10, 2017” as its release date, as well as the number six. This allegedly pertained to the game’s connection with the franchise’s sixth installment.

In response, 343 and “Halo” development director Frank O’Connor took to Twitter to discredit the leak. “Fakey McFakeskins tell me oh, how does your bogus ‘game leak’ grow? With silver bells and photoshopped cockleshells. FAKE NEWS! #MHGA!,” O’Connor posted.

He followed it up with another tweet, saying “The Tom Morello barn leak is the apex of artistic leaks. It will never be topped for sheer frenetic madness.”

Meanwhile, IGN reported that 343 will showcase something related to “Halo” during the E3 event next week. Fans, however, should not expect it to be anything related to “Halo’s” sixth installment. Last month, 343’s community manager Brian Jarrard confirmed that they will not showcase the game during the event.

“I’ll slip into my Dreamcrusher persona for a minute in the name of realistic expectations: We’ve said this already but we’ll have a little something at E3 but it’s not related to the next major entry in the franchise,” Jarrard disclosed in a Reddit post.

Many speculations surround the “Halo: Gravemind” game. One of which suggests that horror is the central theme of the game. The Gravemind is actually the last form of The Flood, an evil alien force that is parasitic in nature, according to Gamespot.

Xbox will have their own E3 2017 briefing where fans of the franchise can expect an announcement and revelations about “Halo,” on Sunday, June 11, starting at 2 p.m. PT.