Halo 4 leaked to the internet

Well this could be a problem. Microsoft Game Studios upcoming blockbuster Xbox 360 exclusive game Halo 4 has been not only spotted in the wild, but fully leaked to certain websites. Postings appeared on Reddit and NeoGAF showing retail disc copies of Halo 4, as well as an image of the Xbox Dashboard showing Halo 4 ready to be played.

After some sleuthing around on popular sources for pirated games, we discovered that a full disc image of Halo 4 Disc 1 - the disc containing the single-player campaign - is available to download and burn to a dual-layer DVD, enabling you to play it on your Xbox 360 provided the DVD drive has received certain modifications. The image is approximately 8 GB, and the description states Disc 2 containing the multi-player portion of the game will be uploaded later. Update: Disc 2 is also now available.

Microsoft responded to The Examiner on the claims of a Halo 4 leak:

We have seen the reports of Halo 4 content being propped on the Web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation.

However, no law enforcement team will be able to stop the force of the internet now that the game has leaked, as it will surely spread like wildfire. To make matters worse this leak has occurred a full three weeks before its launch on November 6, so naturally spoilers are going to be available soon for the entire campaign which can't be accessed by legitimate paying customers.

It is common for Xbox 360 games to be leaked before their release, although a leak this far before is rare. Keep in mind, for those people attempting to pirate a copy of the leaked Halo 4, that playing leaked games before their release can result in your console being permanently banned from Xbox Live.

Source: NeoGAF, The Examiner, Reddit | Image via NeoGAF

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If you looked at the 2 pictures given in source 2 it's clearly fake.
1. I can also write **** on the paper and take a photo with existing game on dashboard and photoshop halo 4's pic on it. And why you targeting reddit.com, it's something so special about the site???
2. Why would you inspect element a page and print screen then made it smaller, because you can...

Firstable the image above shows 2 discs, right? The disc on the right have their logo off centered. Too much logos for individual companies don't you think? compared to other games. That might thought...

not that many people will go out and actually try to burn it onto a dvd and risk getting their live account banned. maybe MS will lose two thousand sales- boo hoo

That's a shame

Can't wait to get my hands on a boxed copy tho, along with Forza Horizon/NFS Most Wanted coming out at the end of the month/Nov = it's gonna be expensive

Edited by RadishTM, Oct 13 2012, 5:16pm :

update: Disc 2 is also now available.

Why not just link to the download location while you're at it? This site is not what it used to be...

thornz0 said,

Why not just link to the download location while you're at it? This site is not what it used to be...

I remember the days that Neowin posted Kazaa Lite in the software feed. lol

Won Microsoft just monitor peoples Xbox live accounts and ban anyone that plays halo 4 early?

Maybe this is an attempt to catch people that pirate games

spy beef said,
Why do you need to burn when you can run it from a usb hard disk with an RGH console?

Seems to be that the modded drive and burning is still the most popular form of xbox modding. NFI why, burning and constantly updating looks like a pain ita. Xkey or RGH for the win.

Most (smart) people I know that pirate Xbox games, have 2 Xbox units. One for Xbox live and legit gaming, and one for modding and pirating, that they keep offline.

I would presume this is the majority, as I haven't known anyone to actually take a pirated game on their legit live account, not anyone with half a brain at least.

(I don't condone piracy in any way, nor do I do this myself. )

Perfect72 said,
Most (smart) people I know that pirate Xbox games, have 2 Xbox units. One for Xbox live and legit gaming, and one for modding and pirating, that they keep offline.

I would presume this is the majority, as I haven't known anyone to actually take a pirated game on their legit live account, not anyone with half a brain at least.

(I don't condone piracy in any way, nor do I do this myself. )


?

2 Xbox 360s? Give me your money, rich man.

Nowadays most mods allow you turn boot like a normal Xbox 360 and not get detected

pes2013 said,

?

2 Xbox 360s? Give me your money, rich man.

Nowadays most mods allow you turn boot like a normal Xbox 360 and not get detected

They don't buy them new. You can get used 360s at most local pawn shops for $60 to $100.

"After some sleuthing around on popular sources for pirated games, ..."

so this is how low neowin will go for news. i'm sure they are getting their own hands dirty so their fanboys won't have to. /s

Albert said,
"After some sleuthing around on popular sources for pirated games, ..."

so this is how low neowin will go for news. i'm sure they are getting their own hands dirty so their fanboys won't have to. /s


so you'd rather have them just blindly tell about how the game has supposedly leaked rather than go and confirm the rumor themselves and be certain?

IMO there'd be no point to the article then

Albert said,
"After some sleuthing around on popular sources for pirated games, ..."

so this is how low neowin will go for news. i'm sure they are getting their own hands dirty so their fanboys won't have to. /s

Well, the motto for this site is:

'Where unprofessional journalism looks better'

Asrokhel said,

Well, the motto for this site is:

'Where unprofessional journalism looks better'


It's no different to a news reporter for a TV network doing the same thing. OR worse, investigating something like how easy it is to get child porn. You wouldn't criticize them, would you? No, because they are not 'unprofessional.'

As for hands dirty; if every journo, pro or amateur had a conscience and didn't get their hands dirty reporting the news that matters to its subscriber base, nothing would ever get reported on. We'd get news revolving around kittens stuck in trees.

Think before you post next time.

yeoo_andy_ni said,

It's no different to a news reporter for a TV network doing the same thing. OR worse, investigating something like how easy it is to get child porn. You wouldn't criticize them, would you? No, because they are not 'unprofessional.'

As for hands dirty; if every journo, pro or amateur had a conscience and didn't get their hands dirty reporting the news that matters to its subscriber base, nothing would ever get reported on. We'd get news revolving around kittens stuck in trees.

Think before you post next time.

This.

I don't think that the journalism is of high quality all the time on Neowin to be frank, but investigating a leak surely isn't non-journalistic.

It's pretty much what is the most journalistic you can do with this story apart from reporting the news in itself.

GS:mac

Albert said,
"After some sleuthing around on popular sources for pirated games, ..."

so this is how low neowin will go for news. i'm sure they are getting their own hands dirty so their fanboys won't have to. /s

i can just imagine them using a black light light searching for stains in the back of a van after that rape case lol

julianbl said,

The perfect seed to a new ban wave...


. . . and then, another wave of ban hammered XBox 360's get listed on eBay ... !

DJGM said,

. . . and then, another wave of ban hammered XBox 360's get listed on eBay ... !

This is why I'd never buy a used Xbox 360, even if you just accidentally attempted to load a burned game once on your non-modded 360 even - it's pretty likely it'll get banned eventually.

How do I know a 360 hasn't ever seen such a disc?

You can't even say "oh meh so the online gaming is gone", no, the breach of TOS affects offline features even.
It's ridiculous.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

This is why I'd never buy a used Xbox 360, even if you just accidentally attempted to load a burned game once on your non-modded 360 even - it's pretty likely it'll get banned eventually.


How do I know a 360 hasn't ever seen such a disc?

You can't even say "oh meh so the online gaming is gone", no, the breach of TOS affects offline features even.
It's ridiculous.

GS:mac


You're being too paranoic. Nothing will happen if you put a burned dis on virgin 360s. It will only dis

Glassed Silver said,

This is why I'd never buy a used Xbox 360, even if you just accidentally attempted to load a burned game once on your non-modded 360 even - it's pretty likely it'll get banned eventually.


How do I know a 360 hasn't ever seen such a disc?

You can't even say "oh meh so the online gaming is gone", no, the breach of TOS affects offline features even.
It's ridiculous.

GS:mac


You're being too paranoic. Nothing will happen if you put a burned dis on virgin 360s. It will only display you: Mixed Media Disc and that's all

Jose_49 said,

You're being too paranoic. Nothing will happen if you put a burned dis on virgin 360s. It will only display you: Mixed Media Disc and that's all

Really? Cool, thanks for the info.

However, you never know for sure there hasn't been a firmware flash on the console.
E.g. swapped drives.

You just never know and Microsoft is being a super a** about banned consoles.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Really? Cool, thanks for the info.

However, you never know for sure there hasn't been a firmware flash on the console.
E.g. swapped drives.

You just never know and Microsoft is being a super a** about banned consoles.

GS:mac


True

leak aside, that's pretty smart separating the campaign and multiplayer on separate disks, leaves more room to have a better campaign

Brando212 said,
leak aside, that's pretty smart separating the campaign and multiplayer on separate disks, leaves more room to have a better campaign

They wouldn't have to even do it if they had used Blu-Ray in the 360.

Xilo said,

They wouldn't have to even do it if they had used Blu-Ray in the 360.

Blu-Ray was in it's infancy when the 360 came out, even if they had somehow worked out licensing terms with the BDA, the high costs of the new drive would've pushed the cost of the 360 way upwards. Instead, the 360 with DVD drive was/is affordable compared to the PS3, and has basically won this generation.

Though don't forget that at the time, there were still competing formats, and Microsoft was backing the other horse. HD-DVD. If only Microsoft had included HD-DVD in the console, then having a bigger install base than Blu-Ray may have won the High-Def format war.

Xilo said,

They wouldn't have to even do it if they had used Blu-Ray in the 360.

Considering its a multiplayer game, they could give you a 100mb disc and download all the online content from xbox Live if they wanted and play it from the harddisk. Your comment seems a bit strange. I'd have accepted it if you were on about making single player much bigger, but the 360 does not need bluray for online gaming.

Well well. After having an exciting afternoon reading all the forum posts I have the following thoughts:

1) Who with their head set straight plays a game 1 month before the release date on Xbox Live?! And not any game, but Microsoft's #1 Game on the year.

2) Why would Microsoft ban people who contacted the guys who connected to XBLive with Halo 4? I see no reason to do so....

Jose_49 said,
Well well. After having an exciting afternoon reading all the forum posts I have the following thoughts:

1) Who with their head set straight plays a game 1 month before the release date on Xbox Live?! And not any game, but Microsoft's #1 Game on the year.

2) Why would Microsoft ban people who contacted the guys who connected to XBLive with Halo 4? I see no reason to do so....

If they were smart they would play this offline and on a gamertag profile not linked online at all. When I had my modded console I had an offline profile just for this reason. Now then if the game was already released then yea I moved the profile between consoles but still didn't go on live with it. These days I don't bother with modded consoles anymore and just go legit.

It is common for Xbox 360 games to be leaked before their release

Lies. Absurd lies! Piracy is only available on PC.

Pupik said,

Lies. Absurd lies! Piracy is only available on PC.

YES! Absolutely, which is due to the way too loose DRM!
We need more DRM, digital-only, because only physical discs get leaked - EVER.

GS:mac
PS: for all who don't get it: /S

Pupik said,

Lies. Absurd lies! Piracy is only available on PC.

Piracy of games on the PC? No one plays games on the PC anymore, its a dead platform. lol /S

Funny its not the french version, halo2 and 3 both had the french versions leaked early.

I just hope no tard ruins the story (yes i know... story of a fps game).

Timan said,
Funny its not the french version, halo2 and 3 both had the french versions leaked early.

I just hope no tard ruins the story (yes i know... story of a fps game).


We'll just have to ban ourselves from looking up anything Halo 4 related on YouTube.

Hahaiah said,
It's all about multiplayer anyway isn't it? Might end up helping more than it hurts.

True. I'll assume, based on other recent FPS games, the single player missions will last about 4hours of game play, but seeing as its two discs... hmm, 2hours of cut screens, 15minute of intro credits.. 15minutes of end game credits, 20minutes of tutorial mission because ya know, people haven't played halo or fps before,. and of course 10minutes of trying to sell you DLC.

I can't wait!