According to various reports, including one hitting GameSpot, claim that Bungie's massive Xbox FPS Halo 2 has been leaked onto various peer-to-peer networks.
The whole story as to where the code originated is yet to be uncovered, though the game is said to be the French language version of the game, scheduled for launch in the country on November 10th.
If the news proves true, this will be the latest security disaster from a European source to thwart Microsoft's console in less than a month, following the shameful release of Outrun 2 for free download, a blunder that may have accounted for the alarmingly poor sales of Sega's joyous racer.
We have contacted Microsoft for a comment. We'll update this story as soon as we hear more.
We received the following statement from Microsoft regarding the Halo 2 leak:
"Microsoft has learned that a version of Halo 2 has been posted to various newsgroups and web sites. We consider downloading this code or making it available for others to download as theft. We are currently investigating the source of this leak with the appropriate authorities. Pending the result of our investigation, we do not have further comment. Microsoft takes the integrity of its intellectual property extremely seriously, and we are aggressively pursuing the source of this illegal act. The launch of Halo 2 worldwide remains unaffected. We?re asking anyone with information on the source of this leak to contact Microsoft at 1-800-RULEGIT or send email to email@example.com."