The fan made Halo game, Installation 01, has been given the greenlight by 343 Industries. During a conference call with executives from the studio, the team behind the game explain that they were given the go-ahead to cinque work and assurances that they were under no imminent legal threat.
According to the developers, the continuation of the project is due to them following strict rules laid down by 343 and Microsoft. The first is that they have to obey Microsoft’s Game Content Usage Rules, which essentially means they have to create all of their own assets and code rather than taking anything from previous Halo games.
Secondly, they cannot make any financial gain from releasing the game. This forces them to release the game for free and to reject any donations for its development. They also cannot create merchandise based on the title but can monetize anything that is to do with their own studio.
Installation 01 is essentially a multiplayer only fan remake of the first few Halo games that is set to aim for a Halo 3 style of gameplay. The creators hope to emulate the experience crafted by Bungie when they were in charge of the Halo property, with the game being built in Unity 5 so that as many people as possible can run it on their own hardware. It is set to release at some point in the near future for Windows, Mac, and Linux.