Halo 4 pre-release stupidity sees inevitable ban
Microsoft is imposing a permanent ban for those who intend to play the pre-release version of Halo 4 prohibiting anyone who wants to play the game through their Xbox Live setup. This is their way of using a deterrent to stop those trying experience the multiplayer with a leaked copy. News of this pre-release game leak has been reported on many sites and a spokesperson for the company mentions how they aim to enforce this situation.
Plenty of Xbox Live users have already come forward about the messages they have been getting from the Live Enforcement Team and this concerns inevitable bans for those trying to experience the Halo 4 multiplayer prior to next months release. In an article on Gaming Blend, they highlight Microsoft’s stance as they work with both law enforcement and their own security teams to address this problem. Apparently, a letter informs users that noobs have been issued with a level 10 perma-ban, concerning those who have been stupid enough to play an unreleased game on Xbox Live.
In other Halo 4 news, last week we spoke about the leak and the loading and gameplay videos removed, as Microsoft has claimed the copyright and they have been taken down. We also spoke about the two discs of the game shown on one site and questioned the legitimacy of it, although we also mentioned that those not wanting any spoilers should keep away from any sites regarding Halo 4 in the run up to the game’s actual release.
Going into great detail on the talk of Halo reboots, Official Xbox Magazine also writes about Mass Effect 4 and the Walking Dead. Attention is paid to Halo 4′s Spartan Ops component and this is aiming to deliver a free 12-hour Halo campaign over ten weeks and 50 story-driven co-op missions. As far as this element goes, Spartan Ops will be something to build on, scheduled much like a TV series where you can view the first episodes with the others still being produced, although there are no plans for a complete reboot anytime soon. What do you think about games that require consistent downloads of each episode? Do you think these people trying to play a pre-release version of Halo 4 online are just stupid?
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Hmm the Spartan Ops part may not actually require a big download for each "episode"/mission. Maybe the first season is already included on the disc and all you download each week is a small unlock key? It is two discs worth of content after all. Then, if they go ahead and make a 'Season 2' in the future, that would probably be a one-off DLC pack that people would likely pay for and that becomes unlocked episodically in a similar manner.