Halo: Reach PC test 'illegally distributed online', 343 prepared to ban players

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The first PC test for Halo: The Master Chief Collection (opens in new tab) is limited to fewer than 1,000 Halo Insiders, and some fans that didn't make the cut are now attempting to join illegally. The test has been "illegally distributed online", according to developer 343 Industries, which says it can ban anyone involved.

"If you download or play this illegal copy, we have the right to ban all associated accounts and remove you from all current or future 343 programs," it said in a forum post (opens in new tab), providing a link to the Microsoft Service Agreement. 

The test launched on Friday (opens in new tab) and ends tomorrow. It contains the Halo: Reach campaign Tip of the Spear, and is designed to both test the rollout of builds onto Steam and to "get player feedback on the current state of mouse and keyboard controls". It's an updated version of the demo that impressed James (opens in new tab) at E3.

In other Halo: The Master Chief Collection news, 343 has revealed that Halo: Reach will not include the Forge level editor (opens in new tab) or the Theater replay modes at launch.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.