Copies of ‘Halo 4′ Leak Early, Microsoft Working With Law Enforcement

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Halo 4 Leaks Early

With a slew of highly anticipated games slated to release before the end of 2012, there were bound to be cases of Internet leaks and pirated copies making their rounds. The first of these presumed instances appears to be a leak for Halo 4, 343 Industries first foray into the world of Master Chief.

While the Halo franchise is no stranger to leaks — both Halo 3 and Halo: Reach were spotted in the wild well before launch — it’s still unfortunate to see a lot of hard work being undermined. Microsoft is doing their due diligence and has placed a security team on the case, but as of right now there aren’t any concrete clues as to the nature of the leak.

Gamers on Reddit and on Xbox Live are posting pictures of themselves with the Halo 4 disc icon, but thus far neither Microsoft nor 343 Industries have been able to determine if these copies were pirated, or if retailers that broke the game’s street date sold them. The Examiner seems to believe that many of the leaked instances of the game have originated from Mexico and Spain, but Microsoft wouldn’t comment.

The Halo publisher did issue a public statement saying they are “working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation,” but at this point the damage is seemingly done. We imagine that those who are found to be in possession of a pirated copy of the game will no longer be Xbox Live Gold members, if they were at all.

Perhaps if Microsoft had applied the same security measures for Halo 4 as they have put in place to prevent Xbox 720 leaks then footage of the game could have potentially stayed off the net. Nonetheless, those loyal Halo fans will continue to wait patiently for the release of Halo 4, all while they are being teased with extensive multiplayer map walkthroughs and the live-action series ‘Forward Unto Dawn.’

How excited are you for the release of Halo 4? What is the best plan of attack for a publisher dealing with a leak of an especially popular video game?

Halo 4 releases November 6, 2012 for the Xbox 360.

Source: Reddit, NeoGAF (via Examiner)

TAGS: 343 Industries, Halo, Halo 4, Microsoft, Xbox 360

  • Chris

    If apple can keep all of their new products under wrap, you’d think that microsoft could do the same with video games right?

    • Joe

      What about the iphone 5 leaks, and now waiting to see if the ipad mini leaks come true, also. No company is immune to leaks, especially with highly anticipated products like the iphone design and now Microsoft’s Halo 4. I’d take a legit leak as a sign that the product will be BIG when it does release. People are willing to go through a lot of hassle for it, and no one does it for items no one cares about. More of an illegal compliment…

      • SnnigCircles

        This doesn’t even count as a leak this is a freaking flood. Sure you can leak info about the iPhone 5 or monitor ipad

        • djnforce9

          Agreed. Bits of information is one thing but the actual game itself was leaked and people can actually play it (requires a chipped/flashed 360 mind you). So yeah, flood indeed.

  • COREY_1993

    and the fanboys get on the ps3s back about hackers. unlucky for microsoft. i dont wanna know about the game till it comes out because ive been looking forward to a proper halo game, the next chapter in the chiefs life. cant wait.

    • Ace

      Well, Luckily with Xbox thus far it’s just been leaks of games and not personal data like credit card numbers like when PSN got hacked. Big difference…it doesn’t really effect me if they leak a game early as long as I avoid it.

      • COREY_1993

        nope. -_- ps3 gamers never got their credit cards taken. sony said that as a possibility. xbox has been hacked too.

        • unbuildthegame

          Xbox Live has never been hacked to the point where anyone’s information was at stake, and they never had to shut the service down because of it. A lot of that money people spend on Xbox Live goes towards network security so those kinds of things don’t happen.

          • DOOM

            Let the truth be told

  • serge

    I can’t wait! I’ve been saving every single coin for the game..

  • Jgo24

    My question is, if a game is complete, and ready for release, then why don’t they just release it as soon as it’s ready? I understand that anticipation and making people wait drives sales, but honestly in today’s world of entertainment, things can be made available much quicker, so in order to avoid leaks why not just release the finished product as soon as it is finished? It’s not like making people wait an extra month or two to get something is going to make them want it more. It’s been 5 years since Halo 3 came out, so do you really think an extra week or two is going to make that big of a difference? It just makes no sense to me that someone can sit on a finished product and wait for a release date rather than get it out there as soon as possible.