A group of game modders have reportedly been able to download Halo: Reach a month early before its September 14 release date.
Halo: Reach was recently put on Microsoft’s Xbox Live Marketplace store for game reviewers to download. The group was able to break through Microsoft’s security to download and play the game. The group contends, however, it will not distribute Halo: Reach.
“So after alot of .xex cracking etc.. Me and my team finally did it, we got Halo: Reach!,” the modders said. “This is not released for public, and we are not really planning on releasing either.”
So far, Bungie moderators posted a warning on its forums politely telling everyone to not post spoilers and to avoid internet message boards until the game’s official release.
“Posting to Discuss, Request, or Link To information or campaign spoilers from illegitimately obtained sources — including illegitimately obtained copies of Halo: Reach — before the game is officially released will be considered a leak and will be treated as such,” the message said.
“The moderation team is doing their best, but if you want to stay 100% spoiler free, our best advice is to ‘go dark’ by staying off all internet gaming forums until you have played through the game!”
IGN has contacted Microsoft for comment and we’ll update this story when we hear back.