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Lol.. didn't even make it to release! (NEWS)

October 16 2004 at 9:42 PM
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Halo 2 Gets Leaked (Xbox)
A week after Bungie declares it gold, hackers leak Halo 2 on the web.
By Rainier Van Autrijve | Oct. 14, 2004

Ironically, almost a year after a malicious hacker invaded Valve's network, stole Half-Life 2 source code, and leaked it on the net, hackers are at it again.

Last night the full version of Bungie's sci-fi first-person shooter Halo 2 was leaked and is available on various peer-to-peer (bittorrent) networks, Usenet groups or ftp sites.

The warezed Halo 2 game is a PAL version, with French speech and English subtitles, so it would be rather safe to assume that it originates from Europe.

The download weighs in at a whopping 3 gigs, but the size doesn't seem to be a deterrent, as a brief check of one known bittorrent stream showed that it was already being downloaded by 25,000 people.

Microsoft is already aware of this situation and is downplaying its significance by saying that even though it is the final version, the leaked Halo 2 will not allow people to access Xbox Live.

Here is the Microsoft official comment :

"Microsoft has learned that a version of Halo 2 has been posted to various newsgroups and web sites. We consider downloading this code or making it available for others to download as theft.

"We are currently investigating the source of this leak with the appropriate authorities. Pending the result of our investigation, we do not have further comment. Microsoft takes the integrity of its intellectual property extremely seriously, and we are aggressively pursuing the source of this illegal act.

"The launch of Halo 2 worldwide remains unaffected.

"We're asking anyone with information on the source of this leak to contact Microsoft at 1-800-RULEGIT or send email to piracy@microsoft.com."


 
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  1. yep read that a few days ago heh, i don't have an xbox so don't look at me !! (nt) - Holy on Oct 16, 2004, 10:19 PM
    1. GTA :SA just got nabbed too! (nt) - Bioni on Oct 22, 2004, 11:54 AM
      1. omfg this is insane !!!! (nt) - Holy on Oct 22, 2004, 12:55 PM
     
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