We all probably know by now that Halo 4 full version has been leaked and is being played by the game pirates all over the world. Of course the developers at 343 Industries are not happy about it and is asking fans to avoid spoilers in various ways.
Josh Holmes, the game's creative director posted the following message on his Twitter page:
"I've worked for over 3 years making Halo 4. Please avoid spoilers and leaks from thieves for 3 more weeks until the game is out. Thank you."
Other members of the development also weighed in on the situation via Halo Waypoint:
"If you're interested in staying spoiler-free, we encourage you to exercise caution when visiting various websites, social networking services, and forums. Going dark is a customary pre-launch tradition for many gamers, and now may be the time to do that. Thank you to those of you that are reporting the leaks, and we'll see you Nov. 6."
The story so far:
NeoGAF and Reddit exploded yesterday when Halo 4 images and details began to leak on their forums. Users not only posted gameplay and plot spoilers but also provided images of the actual game discs (yes plural) as evidence of having the game in their possession and dashboard shots of the game in the 360 drive:
Unfortunately for Microsoft, there was a much bigger problem to come from the leaks than these images and a few spoilers. It turns out the game itself has been leaked via video streams (which Microsoft has been deleting left and right) and has been made available for download, which is evident with XBL profiles popping up online with the game in their queue.
While we don’t know if this leaked version of Halo 4 is the full game or an incomplete build, or if those who have the physical copies of the game were responsible for the piracy, or if their copies were acquired legitimately, we do know Microsoft is working tirelessly to get to the bottom of this situation.
Microsoft sent the following statement to Game Informer:
"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."
Also, while not confirming the legitimacy of the leaked disc images, Microsoft did say in a statement sent to Joystiq that the game will indeed need a second disc to store many of Halo 4's multiplayer features.
""Halo 4 contains data that will need to be installed on an Xbox 360 hard drive or compatible flash storage device with at least 8GB of available memory in order to access 'Halo 4's' extensive suite of multiplayer features."
However, once the data is installed, disc 2 isn’t needed to access the multiplayer component.
Sources: NeoGAF, Reddit, Game Informer, Joystiq