Free-To-Play Halo Online Lives On, Thanks To Modders

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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It was three years ago that we learned about Halo Online, which was a free-to-play title Microsoft was working on to bring to an exclusively Russian audience. Little more than a year later, however, the project was officially scrapped, but now it's got new life, thanks to an intrepid group of modders.

ElDewrito bills itself as a "Free Community-Driven Halo Experience" and Update 0.6 is scheduled to be released this Friday, April 20. The ElDewrito version apparently contains the same functionality as the original Halo Online code, along with multiple server browsers, player and emblem customization, stat tracking, and ranked and social servers.

Amazingly, despite two years of active development, Microsoft (or Bungie or 343 Industries) hasn't hit ElDewrito with a cease-and-desist. That's a good sign that the project might be around for a while, so if you're craving a free-to-play Halo experience, make sure to check it out on Friday.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (3)

Kestas29 4 years ago
Nah they prolly buy it and ruin it

Spartan-051 4 years ago
Great job by the community! But i'm afraid if this project becomes too popular Microsoft might axe this like what EA did with Battlefield 2 Revive.

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