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Microsoft allows Halo PC fan project to live


Amid the seemingly relentless shutdown of fan projects by big publishers, here's one game that's not just thriving but has the blessing of its IP-owning overlord.

Most had suspected that Microsoft would take down Installation 01, a fan-made Halo game that aims to bring the multiplayer Halo experience to all PC platforms.

Installation 01, which is built on top of the Unity 5 engine, is pitched as the best parts of the classic Bungie-era Halo games. While it mostly focuses on recreating the Halo 2 and 3 experience, there are also elements of Combat Evolved and Reach in there.

The developers stressed they had operated under Microsoft's Game Content Usage Rules, and said all assets used were either created from scratch or obtained through the Unity Asset Store. The developers thought this would mean they'd have no trouble distributing the game at launch.

But that didn't stop many from expressing concern that Installation 01 would soon suffer the wrath of Microsoft's IP lawyers. That concern, it turns out, was unfounded.

"Through these interactions we have been ensured that Installation 01 is not under imminent legal threat, provided we remain non-commercial in nature and scope, and continue to follow Microsoft's Game Content Usage Rules to the letter," Church, project manager and lead, said.

"We are now able to say with certainty that Installation 01 will never be accepting donations. We also will not be selling i01 or Halo related merchandise. This is to keep a respectful distance between us and Microsoft's intellectual property. It is also important to note that these rules and assurances from 343 are specific to Installation 01 as a project, and should not be interpreted to apply elsewhere. Through ongoing communication with 343 Industries we hope that we, as a fan project, can continue to be a positive driving force within the Halo community."


Been itching for some Halo nostalgia. I'm mainly ps4/pc and don't have an xbox one yet. Hope this project turns out good. Cool to see microsoft not "quashing all resistance".

E92 M3

A wise man once told me, if 343 can't do it, let the fans take care of it.

Halo needs a proper game - been a while.


So damn idiotic they would let a Halo fan made game thrive on PC rather than they themselves releasing one and reaping the benefits and profits of it on PC.

I know they have some very smart people working at MS but no way you can convince they are not also completely clueless.
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