A handful of modders keen on opening access to Halo Online, have been blocked by Microsoft, but that won’t stop them..
This weekend a group of modders managed to acquire a copy of Halo Online and got to work on making the current Russian-only, free-to-play shooter, available to everyone. After a week of success, Microsoft has since blocked access to the Halo Online tools the modders created, citing copyright claims.
Right now, Halo Online is in closed beta allowing a select few players into the game. To make it even more painful for Halo fans, the only other thing stopping players from accessing the game is the fact that it’s Russian-only, meaning players from other countries can’t get access to the game. That’s spurred on a handful of modders to stop this region blocking and have created a series of tools allowing players to access the game no matter where they live. Unfortunately Microsoft has blocked access and has removed the tools from the Internet.
343 Industries has admitted that users outside of Russia could “theoretically” access the game after making “region-specific changes to address player expectations,” and that exactly what the modders have done. A tool which enables “exploration of the game,” went up on Github this weekend, but according to TorrentFreak, it was then removed by Microsoft after issuing a takedown demand. The mod team has since vowed that they’ll continue to release tools and has enough copies of the game and their tool to keep going.
“As someone involved in game development, I’m sympathetic with some developers when it comes to copyright issues,” one modder told TorrentFreak. “This is different though, in my opinion.”
“We’re working to improve people’s experience, bring it to those who wouldn’t have been able to play it anyway,” says another. “I’d see that as a noble cause.”
In addition to gaining access, the modders have discovered that the game could switch from a freemium to a pay-to-win scenario, using that as an excuse for their intrusion. The modders have revealed that their efforts “aims to deliver exactly what everyone wants. The closest thing to a Halo 3 experience as possible, but on PC.”