A group of ambitious hackers have already gotten their hands on Halo: Reach, but they aren’t going unpunished. Microsoft is permanently banning anybody with an illegitimate copy of the game, which is apparently a fairly large number, as the files were uploaded on a file-sharing site. Although the hackers claimed it was not their intention to let the code get to the general public via file-sharing sites, Microsoft is still punishing them in a blaze of righteous fury.
Addressing the public through Twitter, Stephen Toulouse, director of policy and enforcement for Xbox Live, had this to say regarding the situation:
“As with all unauthorized play on Xbox Live, anyone playing any unauthorized title runs the risk of account permaban and console. Remember, legit store bought copy runs no risk of ban. Key word: UNAUTHORIZED. We have ways of knowing.”
If you manage to obtain a copy of Halo: Reach before the official release (through a mistake made at a store, perhaps), you should still be alright. Just don’t go downloading the game!
Microsoft has not stated whether this ban affects the gamertag or the console itself.