The new fan-made project called Halo Online is facing some backlash from the original Halo creators, Microsoft. While this Halo Online idea was originally from Microsoft and Saber Interactive it was scrapped and now fans have taken it upon themselves to make it a reality.
Modders were able to come together and develop a game similar to Halo Online under the name ElDewrito. The result is what you would expect as an online Halo 3 game, and Microsoft alongside 343 Industries is very unhappy with this result and potential infringement on copyright. 343 Industries released a statement on the situation:
“While we are humbled and inspired to see the amount of passion poured into this project, the fact remains that it’s built upon Microsoft-owned assets that were never lawfully released or authorized for this purpose. As this project reverberated across the community, our team took a step back to assess the materials and explore possible avenues, while Microsoft, like any company, has a responsibility to protect its IP, code and trademarks. It’s not optional in other words.”
On the site where you can get the mod for ElDewrito, the response was thus:
“Unfortunately, 343 Industries and Microsoft have noticed it’s success, and have reached out to us regarding potential legal action, and have requested we temporarily halt development.”
Though we find the ElDewrito game interesting and something Halo community has potentially wanted for years, we understand that copyright exists for a reason and in this situation which we saw with Pokemon Uranium a few years ago, using their properties to make a new game, even for no profit, is still against the law.
We’ll keep you posted as new details develop for this potential lawsuit and ElDewrito.