A word of advice to our fellow gamers of the French persuasion – even if you managed to procure your early copy of Halo 3: ODST by legitimate means, as in not off the back of a slow moving van, might we suggest firing it up on a friend’s system juuuuust in case Microsoft-branded special forces decide to switch the bean bags for live rounds that night.
“We are investigating a very small breach in our distribution process around the early delivery of Halo 3: ODST units,” a Microsoft spokesman told CVG, after videos of several Parisian consumers unwrapping the yet to be released shooter started cropping up on the internet. The videos have since been taken down, but Microsoft is out for blood.
“We are also investigating Xbox Live accounts that show activity related to Halo 3: ODST and will take action against those we believe have procured copies of the game illegitimately.”
Head of Xbox Live policy, Stephen Toulouse, later clarified via tweet that the media mogul won’t be “banning legitimate customers from Xbox Live who play early.” Who that leaves to punish if these were not pirated copies, but legitimate copies that somehow got lost on their way to lock up, remains unclear, but woe to the person on whom Microsoft’s fiery gaze finally rests.