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See that? Good. Now bookmark this page, because you'll have to come back here if you want to see it again. As an added treat for our loyal users still playing Halo PC after 5 years, I got clearance to discontinue the CD check as part of this patch! This doesn't change the licensing (don't pass around your disc), and you still need your unique product key to play online, but I figure your CD is probably pretty scratched after all this time, and it deserves a break. Anyway, on to the patch...
This is build 126.96.36.1996, and is the official version of the test release from the other day. To give you confidence that you're playing on a patched server, this build is not backwards-compatible with old servers, nor will the new server work with old clients. For this reason, I'm posting the patches here a day and a half before I'll mark them for auto-updating in-game. This way, server operators have a little time to roll out the new bits before Friday's auto-patch of the client.
If you haven't been following the pre-release threads, this patch contains several fixes for server-crashing security bugs, and that's it. As I have discussed elsewhere, anti-aimbotting is an arms race that we're not going to enter for this old game, and this patch doesn't address that or any other feature-level changes. I should also note that Bungie does not officially support Halo PC (which is owned by Microsoft, not Bungie) but since the build machine is under my desk and not at MS, I fixed these several bugs as a favor to the community. I can't promise any future support, nor can I open-source the code for community development.
There are 4 patch files. If you aren't sure which one you want, you want the first one only.
Halo PC 1.08 Patch http://www.bungie.net/images/games/halopc/patch/halopc108patch.exe Halo PC 1.08 Dedicated Server http://www.bungie.net/images/games/halopc/patch/haloded.exe Halo Custom Edition 1.08 Patch http://www.bungie.net/images/games/halopc/patch/haloce108patch.exe Halo Custom Edition 1.08 Dedicated Server http://www.bungie.net/images/games/halopc/patch/haloceded.exe
To use the patch files, you must already have the corresponding game installed. To update your dedicated server install, just drop the appropriate file over the old one. Halo "Custom Edition" is an "unsupported" (but popular) version of the game that allows user-created maps, and is available for download from Gearbox and other mirror sites.
Remember, the game will require this patch to play online starting Friday (and I'll update the MOTD at that time too.)
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