Images of opened Halo 4 games have surfaced, Microsoft investigating.
October 12, 2012
It seems someone got their hands on the Halo 4 game early and doubled down by posting evidence online, namely on the NeoGaf and Reddit boards. Many questioned the legitimacy of the image, but investigation by Microsoft and the authorities certainly seem to add to the belief the image is legitimate. Also a statement from the publisher about the need for two discs backs up the claim:
The second disc 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.
The game is due for a Nov 6 release and had already gone gold early for production in September. Though normally retailers only receive games one to two weeks early with instructions to hold merchandise, it is possible some would already have their hands on the game, especially depending upon where in the supply chain they work. Usually companies will get huge fines for selling a game, movie or similar item before release day and often take steps to make them unable to be rung up until the correct date. Meaning that if someone does have their hands on this outside of the store it is most probably stolen merchandise. It will be interesting to see what the players have to say, being that they have posted gamer info online, Microsoft will probably be able to track them down.
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