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ElDewrito, the mod that brings Halo Online to life, has a new version coming this week

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The 2016 release of ElDewrito 0.5 was accompanied by word that it would be the last major release of the Halo Online-enabling mod from the original development team. That may have slowed work on the project but it hasn't gone away, and today the current mod team announced that version 0.6 will be out April 20. 

Halo Online was meant to be a Halo 3-derived free-to-play online shooter, but it didn't get past closed beta testing in Russia. The ElDewrito mod opened it up to players around the world, and then kept the game alive after it was officially canned in 2016. It's not just a rough-hewn "connect-and-cross-your-fingers" kind of hack job: ElDewrito offers multiple server browsers, player customization, stat tracking, and ranked and social servers, with both dedicated server and player host options, and map and gametype voting. And for some reason, Microsoft hasn't dropped the cease-and-desist hammer on it. 

That's not to say that there aren't bugs and other issues that you'd expect from a pre-1.0 release, but it looks pretty great for a game that's not supposed to exist at all. And it's free, which as I like to say is always a big plus. More information about the mod and a download link are available at eldewrito.com

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.