Pirate hunt! Microsoft "aggressively investigating" Halo: Reach pirates

Microsoft is officially on the offensive after last week's Halo: Reach breach. In a statement issued today, Microsoft made clear its intention to track down the hackers behind the leak, saying: "We are aware of claims that a pre-release build of Reach has leaked and aggressively investigating it, but have no details to share at this time." Which, loosely translated, means Microsoft has details but doesn’t want to tell us about it until its lawdogs are tea-bagging the pirates so badly they get acne.

Microsoft's response follows the recent pirating of its highly-anticipated shooter shortly after it was uploaded in secret to XBLA for early reviewers. Although security measures were taken and a price tag of 99,999 Microsoft Points was added as an extra deterrent, this turned out to be no match for the modders at GameTut, who quickly made off with a copy for themselves and proceeded to wax poetic about their adventure in subsequent site postings.

"So after a lot of .xex [XBOX 360 files] cracking etc., [m]e and my team finally did it, we got Halo: Reach!” announced GameTut moderator Joakim, adding: "This is not released for public, and we are not really planning on releasing either."

Not to be outdone, forum moderator Toxic soon backed up the site's claim, proclaiming: "We now pronounce this to you: the team of Game-Tuts have acquired Reach.”  Following the virtual high-fives, he added: “The words among the team came to agreement that 'Halo: Reach' will NOT be leaked, given, or distributed to any site."

Above: Microsoft demonstrates its negotiation strategy

Releasing one of year's most highly anticipated XBOX 360 titles early – in any form - on the XBLA may not have been Microsoft's smartest move, but posting brags about its capture for all the world to see is far worse.

GameTut take note: The hounds have been released. Your very BEST hope now is that you were actually making the whole thing up – that’ll only cost you your reputation.

Aug 23, 2010

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  • TheBagelMonster - August 24, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    I found (didn't download) a place for downloading them, the shit hit the fan guys
  • groxack - August 24, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    I really thought that the hackers would`nt release it, but that same day, it was all over warez sites, the copy can only be played on jtag systems, but MS did`nt give a shit and closed down most of the sites with links to the copy.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - August 24, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    If you pirate a game, the last thing you wanna do is advertise it to the public. Dipsh*ts.
  • pin316 - August 24, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    @princeofme nope - it wouldn't be legit still...they put security measure on the file which could only be accessed by approved reviewers (until the hacking, that is), then put the 99,999 points on there as an added deterrent just in case. Even if you had the 99,999 points spare, you would have to be either a reviewer or have hacked in to be able to access the file in the first place. oh, and to thos who suggested putting it on xbl as stupid and so it's their own's actually probably better for MS this way. If it were sent on a disc and a copy got loose, there would be no way of telling whose copy it was and so who was responsible. This way, whoever has hacked their account to access these files has basically left themselves wide-open to legal ramifications, as they cannot claim that they were supplied with the disc or anything - the only way they will have it is by directly downloading themselves.
  • WickedSid - August 24, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    "...Teabagging the pirates so badly they get acne," That's quite the shitty year.
  • princeofme - August 24, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    what if someone actually have the 99999 microsoft points to spare? what then i mean they bought it fair* and square no?
  • princeofme - August 24, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    what if someone actually have the 99999 microsoft points to spare? what then i mean they bought it fare and square no?
  • Lurkero - August 24, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    The most distressing part about this is that if MS put a 99,999 point price tag on it, these guys might be able to work around price tags and get free content. That's a little scary.
  • crumbdunky - August 24, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    Thing is that's just one leak isn't it? I heard of a few people with the game already so either these idiots(seriously, putting your name to doing this? What were they thinking MS would do?)were telling lies about distributing or, as I've been told, others have done the same thing as them and won't be as scrupulous about lending out their findings. Can't see it actually harming MS or Reach sales, though, as most will buy for MP and not want Live banned consoles so maybe MS would be best just letting this one slide and put it down to stupidity on their part for sticking it up on XBLA like a sodding challenge to these kinds of folk. Doubt it's worth the legal money, to be honest as it won't stop future pirates who like the thrill of a chase even more than the thrill of cracking a code or two to pirate a game.
  • Crabhand - August 23, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    I don't support or directly oppose pirating, but if someone gets in trouble because of stupid bragging, they are asking for it. It doesn't matter what they intended to do with it, it's still a boneheaded move.
  • FeathersMcgraw - August 23, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    While I agree that pirating games is for buttfuckers, why would M$/bungie put that online for the press or whatever? wouldent a disc or something done the same job?
  • Felixthecat - August 23, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    I can just imagine MS doing a huge manhunt and seizing a house just to find 3 middle aged men in the basement. Only saddo's pirate games.
  • batmanboy11 - August 23, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    Those guys are in for a legal shit-storm.
  • oufour - August 23, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    PIRATE HUNT! get the ninjas!
  • lovinmyps3 - August 23, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    I don't agree with pirating at all. I hope they get the guys. At least they're not distributing it to people, especially through annoying LIVE messages asking for money through PayPal like those fucking MW2 kids!!
  • DarkTone - August 23, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    Didn't microsoft release the game early for a stupid price on xbox under certain terms? As much as it hurts to say (or type) they had this coming
  • CaptainSpatula - August 23, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    as much as I hate getting in to the piracy debate, this is just bad form. Don't pirate a game before it's even released, that takes the fun out of waiting and anticipating the game to come out. If you have to, pirate something after it's been released to the general public but don't spoil it for the rest of us.

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