Easy to Reach

As a video game developer, especially one that is producing a blockbuster sequel title like Halo Reach, you want to make sure that you get your security spot on, lest someone within your team leak it to the press, or some hacker finds their way in your system and pops the whole game out there for everyone to see. Surely a big company like Microsoft wouldn’t do something as silly as that, right?

Wrong, exactly that has happened to that very company, and with that very game too. On Saturday hackers got their hands on the code of the game that was supposed to be only made available to reviewers on Xbox.com, meaning that they could do just about anything they want with it; like, say, leak it onto BitTorrent sites, or – even worse – chuck the ending out on YouTube for everyone to see.

To make matters worse, this isn’t the first time this has happened to the Halo franchise – Halo’s 2 and 3 were both leaked online before release. Someone really needs to get the sack, we reckon. For those of you who don’t want to pinch it from the web, or watch the spoiler below, the game is released on 14 September.

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