After months of waiting and delays, the first beta testing for the Halo Master Chief Collection on PC finally kicked off this weekend – but it disappointed a lot of people hoping to try out Halo Reach on PC for the first time, because only around a thousand players were invited. What happened next was obvious – the beta leaked online. However, developer 343 Industries and Microsoft are now warning players that they will be banned if they try to play it.

The first PC-based flighting for Halo Reach began on Friday and runs until tomorrow, and contains the Halo Reach campaign mission ‘Tip of the Spear’. As the team told people signed up to the Halo Insider flighting program, the scope of this first test is being kept “very small” in scope – so most of the eager volunteer testers weren’t invited.

While the studio is already promising that the next flighting beta test for Halo Reach will be bigger and will invite a lot more players, the first beta has – perhaps inevitably – leaked online. However, 343 Industries is warning people against downloading or playing it.

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