How long has it been since we played the first Halo? Over a decade, I think! Since the first game, PC players have been asking for a version of Halo. Which is justifiable as the game was originally going to be on PC.
Just days ago, Microsoft finally announced Halo Online for PC as a free-to-play game. Fans were ecstatic until they found out that it is exclusive to Russia. Fortunately for those wanting to get their hands on the title outside of Russia, an early build of the game leaked and a tool that enables the game was uploaded to GitHub.
Microsoft was quick to react and they issued a DMCA notice to GitHub, asking them to take it down. The tool known as “ElDorito” was created by loose-knit team, who spoke during an interview about Microsoft’s interest in the matter and how they came across these files.
According to the team, they obtained these files from a 4chan user:
“Microsoft is probably quite bothered by what we’ve done already as these files were leaked. We obtained the files from a user on 4chan’s /v/ board.”
“From there, user Emoose proceeded to create a hack that would allow the client to load files and thus get in game. He has in the past done the same for Halo 2 and Halo 3 betas so he had experience with this. The files we have are definitely an early internal alpha. A lot of left over code from other Halo games.”
They further said they will keep working on Halo Online despite a DMCA/C&D:
“In terms of DMCA/C&D mitigation, we have made redundant git backups on private and public git servers. This is to ensure we will always have one working copy. These are being synchronized so that data is always the same.”
“Further DMCAs may happen potentially, it’s not really known at the moment. Our backups will always exist though and we will continue until we’re happy.”
The team seemed perplexed by Russian exclusivity and believes Microsoft can make it a free-to-play with a pay-to-win model game. They aren’t 100% sure which items are purchasable via real money but they say the game has a lot of pay-to-win potential.
They are very proud of what they are doing, bringing the community what they want. So they won’t stop anytime soon.