Halo: Reach, a prequel to Microsoft's billion-dollar Halo first person shooter series was scheduled to launch on September 14 worldwide, but a pre-release version of the game leaked early across the Web. Microsoft put the full version of Halo: Reach on Xbox Live Marketplace for media and reviewers to download with a pricetag of 99,999. A group of users on a game modding site Game-Tuts took credit for cracking Halo: Reach.
A user posted: "So after alot of .xex cracking etc. Me and my team finally did it, we got Halo: Reach!." The file, found its way out within 24 hours of the post.
To play the game, an Xbox 360 hardware modification called JTAG is required. With this, users can install any size hard drive or launch unsigned games through a parallel PC connection.