Submitted by GuruStarr78 1116d ago | news

Over 4 Thousand playing Halo 4 Online right now

Kotaku: Over 4 Thousand people are playing Halo 4 Online at this moment. (Halo 4, Xbox 360)

LX-General-Kaos  +   1116d ago
The game has yet to be released and already has a healthier online population than the majority of titles available on console. That is a clear sign of leadership and brand awareness that loyal fans are eager to support the number 1 exclusive shooter as soon as possible. I am jealous and will be forced to tighten up in Halo Reach for a tad bit longer until I am blessed with my opportunity to participate in the futuristic battle that is Halo 4.

Rated E For Everyone
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GuruStarr78  +   1116d ago

BTW; I literally just got off the phone with MS XBL Customer service on this matter.. DO NOT GO Online with this game, unless you are a journalist or are another approved person, you will be banned, contrary to what people are saying online... it may not happen right away, but you will be banned eventually...

@LX - General:

I've been playing the hell outta Reach, myself.... Just ranked up to Brigadier grade 1.. Cannot wait until Tuesday!
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LX-General-Kaos  +   1116d ago
I have recently reached colonel myself. I am way behind in reach because I spend the majority of my xbox time playing halo wars. the people in reach have risen to a skill level that is too much for me and my skill lacking clan at times. Hopefully I have better luck in Halo 4.

Thankfully. Nobody that I game with has played Halo 4 early. I need all my soldiers in active duty.
inf3cted1  +   1116d ago
Umm, no you wont. Im playing online right now. If you have a legit copy you can go online.

And 4000 is 1% compared to the 1.5million people that will go online at launch.
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GuruStarr78  +   1116d ago
Yeah, it took me awhile to get my skill up there.... now I'm averaging about 12 or more kills a game.. I found that playing Team Swat really helps you get better with DMRs..... also, when shooting with a DMR, aim at the top of your enemies head, instead of right in their face... trust me, it helps..

I just hope the feel of Halo Multiplayer is still intact and that 343 didn't change it too much...


Well, you play at your own risk... Like I said, I called MS to see if it was ok to play and was told not to play until the 6th... I'm not telling anyone what to do, Just what I was told by MS customer service... Personally, I wouldn't risk having my console banned.... BTW, console bans are typically not immediate, they may take up to a few days..

ALSO; contrary to what people are saying, MS cannot tell the difference between a 'legit' copy and a burned disk..
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StrongMan  +   1116d ago

Don't forget what game releases the very next week after Halo 4.
guitarded77  +   1116d ago
@ inf3cted1

I think your math is wrong. :D

On topic: 4k... that seems about right for people who work at, or have friends that work at a gaming/electronics store and can get a copy early.
ItsTrue  +   1116d ago
It has been confirmed a few days ago that you ARE able to play online right now. As long as you have a legitimate copy, you won't be banned.
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GuruStarr78  +   1116d ago

That does not prove anything.. all it says is that people were banned by mistake, meaning the people that are supposed to have it, like journalists who get early copies for reviews...

It does not specifically say you can play online before the 6th...
Saleem101  +   1116d ago
Microsoft is not going banned those people they say that all the time...
grifter024  +   1116d ago
Actually no it IS safe. Halo 4 broke street date and if Msoft won't ban people since they won't know who is a pirate nor a legit member not to mention people are already using their double XP bonuses and if they ban them it will cause an uproar.

Stat resetting will also not happen since again people are using their double XP.

A few 343i employees already said it's ok to play online since it broke street date so no noone is getting banned..because it broke street date.
slapedurmomsace  +   1116d ago
@ grifter..not that I don't believe someone over the internet I don't know, but care to share your source with a few 343 employees said it's ok.

Also, Microsoft has banned people before for this exact thing, why would this be different?
majedx9  +   1116d ago
maybe only on the USA!!!

am playing it right now.
insomniacgamer  +   1116d ago
If you have a legitimate copy (meaning you did not download and burn it to a modified console) you are not going to be banned.

PROOF: http://gamingbolt.com/halo-...

People get copies early all the time, the focus is not that you are but is it legit and where it came from (some Big Box Mart employee, GameRob...errr...Gamestop, etc).

Why? Do you think Microsoft is incapable of verifying someone that spins up a burned copy versus a legitimate pressed one? The media is different, read times, the drive flashed, and things M$ is not mentioning but is effective at using to always get people trying to pull a fast one.

Just because it can run does not mean a simple audit or flagging system will not detect discrepancies and thus put you on the list for a ban wave. Especially on a cash cow like this that is tied directly to M$. Personally, support the damn company and don't be a cheap chump. You are online, you can afford a Live sub obviously, a pc and media to pirate with, and so on. Don't be stupid and play with fire and later go complaining when you get caught and banned for being a thief. I always get a kick out of the modders pleading in thread with M$ with the lamest excuses after a ban.

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aceitman  +   1116d ago
and the amount of banned people will add to the sales of consoles this week, just like the cod3 days.
Muffins1223  +   1116d ago
You do know this is not a Nintendo game right?
Griffin4871  +   1116d ago
You're not funny. It doesn't need to be Nintendo related for him to have an opinion. Talk about being close-minded.....
Knight_Crawler  +   1116d ago
Yeah he knows...guess what he also plays the 360 and the PS3.

Just becuase his favorite system is from Nintendo that does not mean that he does not enjoy the other systems as well.
the pro gamer   1115d ago | Spam
ZoyosJD  +   1116d ago
It is sad to say that MS will ban a large majority of those who went out of their way to play a game early and are some of the most supportive of their brand. That is a clear sign of a disingenuous attitude towards their loyal fans that are eager to play Halo 4 as soon as possible. I am sad that they will be forced to re buy a system for taking the opportunity to play Halo 4 before release.

Rated NPR For No Public Relations
CerebralAssassin  +   1116d ago
What are u sad for? They are aware of the risk of playing the game early. When you play with fire, no one is going to care about you bitching about getting burned. Whether you agree with MS actions or not, its their system and they can do what they want with THEIR system.
ZoyosJD  +   1116d ago

That is not always the case. Quite often it is a retailers fault in combo with someone who just comes up and say they want the newest <insert name here> game, after their friend got it.

Logically, why should someone get banned for paying for a game early when time is money.

It would make no sense even if everyone knew, let alone in a situation where clueless parents are trying to get their kids "Hello 4" for Christmas.
Syntax-Error  +   1115d ago
Zoyos, are you touched?
You're complaining because MS banned "fans" that STOLE from them? What fan steals when they like your product? I would rather not have you as fan if you feel you want to steal from my company. Those are not "loyal fans" as you call it....those are effin' thieves!!!! Not only would I ban you, I would report you to the FBI for having my copyrighted material on your illegally modified system. You are NOT entitled to anything
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deno  +   1116d ago
You get'em brother. Sell that product.
bwazy  +   1116d ago
I really REALLY hate your "E for Everyone" signature.

Knock that shit off.
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   1116d ago
Halo 4 isn't rated E for everyone!
swice  +   1115d ago
Everyone listen to bwazy. He has spoken his opinion and therefore we MUST obey
andibandit  +   1115d ago
Cant wait for the Internet to crash tomorrow, when Halo releases
swice  +   1115d ago
You'd better be careful LX. The jerks on non-Nintendo pages are, well, jerks. With large heads
Gamerita  +   1115d ago
something fishy about the amount of bubbles you have & the type of comments you make,the 2 don't go together specially not on this site.

MR N4G LX-General-Kaos ;)
hudsoniscool  +   1116d ago
cant wait to play, i just ranked up to noble or something, its the one with 2/3rds full moon. 35k multiplayer kills, more than 10k firefight, and 45 hours in campaign. Going to play even more halo 4
jimbobwahey  +   1116d ago
Yet another useless article from Kotaku. Why this crummy website can still submit trash to N4G is beyond me. How many more articles do we need from them telling us how many people are playing Halo before the game has even launched?

Utterly laughable. I wonder if we'll ever see some real journalism from these hacks.
inf3cted1  +   1116d ago
JasonBloodbourne  +   1116d ago
mine shipped yesterday so i'll have it monday morning! can't wait!!!
MadMen  +   1116d ago
screw reach, I like Halo 3 and I have now played Halo 4 and it is much more like Halo 3 than Reach THANK THE LORD!

HALO 4 <3
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1116d ago
This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I played the shit out of Halo 3. When Reach came, I didn't play it so much.
Jason143  +   1116d ago
The joys of a modded 360
Animal Mutha 76  +   1116d ago
Seriously - so there's loads playing it already. So what? I think the authors jealous!

Get over it.

And in tomorrows news 5000 people are playing.
braydox21  +   1116d ago
well it depends on what time frame. in some cases it could already be the sixth of november somewhere while some countries are behind others. but i think most of these thousand people would be either in different time zones or just people who are playing don't seem to either care or paitent enough to wait one more day, perhaps the number of people playing online will makes people think if they are playing it now, i can start playing it now, and that sort of false idealism.
BlueEye  +   1116d ago
Breaking news: Over 4000 XboxLive accounts were banned for playing Halo 4 before launch.
Fixed your title.
ItsTrue  +   1115d ago
No more legitimate owners are being banned. They fixed the glitch in the system.
josephayal  +   1116d ago
4 Thousand today, 8 millions nov 6
stage88  +   1115d ago
Back to 4000 on 13th Nov.

Sorry, couldn't resist :)
BigDog55  +   1116d ago
There's another Halo game coming out? Hmm first I've heard about it!
SageHonor  +   1116d ago
Can anybody point me to a livestream or anything ? lol i wanna see this
Parasyte  +   1116d ago
Just search on twitch.tv

There are a few people streaming, and I have to say H4 looks glorious.
sGIBMBR  +   1116d ago
I'm one of them!!!


Legit copy btw!
uiywoisdf   1116d ago | Spam
legendof117  +   1116d ago
I seriously cannot handle this wait anymore. Like the IGN review said, I haven't been this excited since Halo 2.

I can't wait to pick up my halo 4 console!!!
zyphee  +   1116d ago
Mad bro? Dont have a legit halo 4 copy? You mad?
MasterD919  +   1116d ago
Not too far away now anyways. These numbers mean nothing to the bigger picture.

It is shocking to see that they are ALLOWED to continue to play game after game though, despite those who have clearance to.
iNMyFiN4LH0uR  +   1116d ago
People are selling factory sealed copies on Kijiji and craiglist, so its no surprise.
The real Colombian  +   1116d ago
This game has GOTY written all over it. No wonder the trolls and phantom fangirls are out in full force. lmao.... Jealous much? These numbers are outrageous for a yet to be released game.
ITFGaming  +   1116d ago
Our review is almost done. This game is insane!
majedx9  +   1116d ago
not released ??!!!

i got my cope yesterday!!
Kurt Russell  +   1115d ago
My copy has just arrived. I'm gonna risk it and play :D
momthemeatloaf  +   1115d ago
That's more people online in comparison to when Killzone is actually out.
ziggurcat  +   1115d ago
you know, rather than ban people, if 343 was really smart they should have done what from software did to people pirated/got the game before its release date - "wanna play the game early? ok, but we're going to make it even more brutally difficult for you..."
WayneKerr  +   1115d ago
That's more people than the entire psn
stage88  +   1115d ago
The whole of Europe begs to differ...

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