Microsoft's aggressive investigation” of the pre-release leak of Halo Reach on a number of internet file-sharing sites has resulted in a string of bans for those found guilty of playing the game early.
Maxconsole reports that the platform holder has not just blocked Xbox Live access on offending users' hardware (a routine punishment for those who have modified their console) but also a permanent suspension of Xbox Live accounts.
During your suspension, you will not be able to log into Xbox Live. Your Xbox Live privileges will not be reinstated. Customer Support is not able to modify or provide any further details about your suspension.”
CVG has gone on to speculate that Microsoft might even bring forward the global launch of the game as a result of the leaks, presumably due to the fear of both lost sales and potential plot spoilers.
Several video sequences from the game have already been uploaded to the internet.
Halo Reach will be released on September 14th.