343 Industries, the creators of the popular sci-fi shooter series Halo, have endorsed Installation 01, the fan-made Halo game, making the project protected by law and indefinitely continuing.
Taking to their blog the team noted that they have always wanted to maintain in the legal bounds when creating this title. They noted that they were constantly sharing information with 343 industries with no responses, until now.
Over the past few months, we’ve shared details of our development plans with 343: our release schedule, planned content, and more. Up until very recently, this was a one-way street, with us sending them information and them thanking us for maintaining contact and keeping them informed. This changed recently. 343 Industries gave us an opportunity to participate in a call with a few company higher-ups to engage in a meet-and-greet and involved discussion about the future of our project. They also gave us an opportunity to ask a lot of questions about the ongoing legal status of the project.
The team reminded fans that their project is not for commercial purposes, that Installation 01 will remain as a project by the fans and for the fans – as a result, the team cannot accept donations or sell any content relating to the game.
We are happy to announce that the outcome of the call was both incredibly informational and very positive! 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. We are now able to say with certainty that Installation 01 will never be accepting donations. We also will not be selling i01 or Halo related merchandise. This is to keep a respectful distance between us and Microsoft’s intellectual property. It is also important to note that these rules and assurances from 343 are specific to Installation 01 as a project, and should not be interpreted to apply elsewhere. Through ongoing communication with 343 Industries we hope that we, as a fan project, can continue to be a positive driving force within the Halo
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