Fan-backed Halo project gets the green light…with some stipulations.
Fan made projects are the ultimate expression of love for a title but developers don’t always see it that way. Modders and filmmakers have often faced off with game developers and publishers over copyright infringement. This was a concern for the makers of Installation 01, a Halo-based multiplayer PC game when they set out to make an “artistic tribute to Halo that recreates the multiplayer experience of the Bungie-era games”. The team has been in contact with 343 Industries and recently announced that they had been granted approval to continue with their project, so long as they don’t make any money doing it.
One of the major stipulations is that the developers of Installation 01 cannot sell the game for a profit or accept any donations, or sell merchandise related to the project. Obviously, this is tough as games are an expensive thing to create but the creators are still excited about the prospect of getting to develop their version.
“Through these interactions, we have been ensured that Installation 01 is not under imminent legal threat, provided we remain non-commercial in nature and scope, and continue to follow Microsoft’s Game Content Usage Rules to the letter,” said Church, the project’s manager and lead in a blog post. This keeps the fan project away from legal problems that could possibly shut down the project.
This doesn’t mean that 343 Industries will support all fan-made Halo projects, however. “The discussions and circumstances surrounding Installation 01 are meant specifically for this project alone. We can’t speak for anyone else. Our standing with 343 Industries does not automatically pave the way for other projects to be approved or viewed the same as Installation 01. The 343 reps also informed us that they simply don’t have the time or bandwidth to engage with every other fan project, as much as they’d love to,” the Installation 01 team said.