Halo: Reach now available for illegal digital download

Right on schedule, hackers have managed to pull down an early downloadable version of Halo: Reach designed to be used only by game reviewers. The illegal version of Halo: Reach was made available by Individuals there were able to strip away special access restrictions on the downloadable title that required reviewers to enter a unique code. We’ve gotta say, GamesRadar does not support or endorse game piracy in any way, but by now Microsoft should know the equation: Putting a high-profile game online for download = someone will hack it. Guaranteed.

Above: Sure, some people will download Halo: Reach for free, but you can’t really consider yourself a fan unless you dole out money for this crazy Limited Edition

In a posting on developer Bungie's official forum, company rep Louis Wu wrote, "Just a warning - looks like Reach is out there in the wild. This time it seems we can't blame the French; apparently, a group of modders figured out how to fool into allowing a download of the copies put up for some press. (Ouch!)" Why he chose the word “warning” is beyond us, but perhaps a pre-release Reach is more threatening and dangerous than we’ve been led to believe.

It certainly doesn't come as unexpected news for the Halo team, which will of course still rake in hundreds of millions of dollars in legitimate sales once it hits store shelves. The same kind of thing happened with both Halo 2 and Halo 3, neither of which tanked, exactly. Both previous games were also compromised about the same amount of time before the game's official release.

Halo 2 leaked: Mid October, 2004
Halo 2 release date: November 11, 2004

Halo 3 leaked: Early September, 2007
Halo 3 release date: September 21, 2007

Halo Reach leaked: Mid August, 2010
Halo Reach release date: September 14, 2010

Based on these numbers, it's pretty obvious that the next Halo game will be released in August of 2013 and the game file will be leaked online in mid July. Sorry Microsoft - you can't argue with cold, hard facts.

This is just the cost Microsoft and Bungie have to pay for trying to be cool and offer reviewers an easier way to have access to the game. Most publishers still rely on shipping out physical copies of the game en masse, and then cheap gamers wait for the review copies that inevitably end up on Ebay right at launch for $35. Of course, for the vast majority of gamers who will still wait like responsible adults and actually buy the game next month, the time to begin watching out for unexpected spoilers is now. Be careful!

Source: Joystiq

Aug 20, 2010

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  • whitesall - August 24, 2010 5:10 a.m.

    great artical gamesradar i love all your articals thought and not to be a grammar nazi but halo 3 cam out on the 25th sorry i just had to
  • celticsfan645 - August 23, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    mikemihalpoulous i for one welcome our new robot nazi t-rex overlords.
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - August 22, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    @Mofosan30 Actually, It seems like most companies would release the game earlier before all the information and illegal copies go around. Of course it'll probably stick with the current release date, anyways.
  • xenon - August 22, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Glad GamesRadar doesn't follow the general embargo about this kind of news. Not too interested in Halo itself, though.
  • Mofosan30 - August 22, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    just another reason for bungie to delay the game, am i right?
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  • mikemihalopoulos - August 22, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    @everyone else lolmemes. I'll make you into brain slushes!
  • mikemihalopoulos - August 22, 2010 4:37 a.m.

    @Moriokun No one, and I mean LITERALLY NO ONE gives a flying fuck about your corrections. Look, it's not like 1 or 2 mistakes are going to snowball into the fall of civilization. EVERY news source makes a few tiny mistakes here and there, and, if you look out your windows (If your basement HAS windows), you will notice that Robot Nazi T-rexes are NOT tearing apart your neighborhood. Also, your Help Haiti Superintedant Avatar doesn't make you a great person, it makes you look like a fan-wanking basement dweller. While I admit your skill of using Halopedia is great, save it for places that give a flying fuck. P.s. See that thing in my photo? It's called a relationship. Lose some weight, shower, and start one.
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  • BudaBaker - August 21, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    @kaltoria not really I was going to get a new xbox anyway because mine is like 3 years old it makes weird sounds and takes like 10 minutes to load a game.
  • WickedSid - August 21, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    Don't worry guys, I'm on this. It'll be back-traced in no time.
  • moriokun - August 21, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    @nomack67 the limited edition is included in the legendary edition, but it comes with more stuff; such as the statues and the flaming armor effect. and no, we the readers, should not give them a break because blogs get a bad rep as it is, and we, the readers, should hold an expectation of the blogs to give us good information. I understand that they are flooded with a lot new content flowing into the site due to the large conference going on. but the egregious error of saying the Louis Wu is a company rep is very misleading and may cause a lot of fans and readers to believe that he should be a trusted as a source of information on behalf of Bungie. You defending Games Radar and saying that, "Who cares if they make one or two mistakes here and there." Clearly shows that you do not care for quality content and with an attitude like that, why should Games Radar care about the of their content?
  • Kaltoria - August 21, 2010 6:59 a.m.

    @BudaBaker rich if you are going to blow $200 when you obviously already have an xbox.
  • BudaBaker - August 21, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    If your a fan when you get the limited edition what are you when you get the reach console cause thats what i ordered.
  • FNG - August 21, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    @Redeater You officially suck. I know your history.
  • nomack67 - August 21, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    @moriokun. The Legendary Edition is the limited edition version of reach. And seriously, give them a break. Who cares if they make one or two mistakes here and there. Even though they make some mistakes, this is still my favorite gaming news site.
  • moriokun - August 21, 2010 3:40 a.m.

    *sigh* Do some fact checking Games Radar. 1) That's the Legendary edition pictured in the article. 2) Louis Wu is not a company rep for Bungie, or anybody for that matter, he runs a VERY popular fan site in the Halo/Bungie community. You could say he is the number 1 fan or the figure head of the fan community. The actual company rep is the Community Manager Brian Jarrard. 3) Bungie has not given an official announcement yet, however the forum moderators have issued a warning about spoilers in the official forum and actions they will take towards anyone who post a link to where you can download it. Seriously, you guys, seriously. I feel bad for your readers having been given false information. You give gaming blogs a bad rep.
  • SausageLozenge - August 21, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    Impressions? I've got the Legendary Edition pre-ordered, so Sep. 14 come!
  • reverandglass - August 21, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    games cost too much so people pirate them which means companies make less money which makes them put up prices until games cost too much. Maybe if a developer/publisher announced their new AAA title would retail at £20 they'd sell more and suffer less pirates. DRM only give the hackers a challenge as has been shown in this case (I know it's not DRM this time but the principal is the same)

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