In what should be a surprise to absolutely no one, Microsoft has announced that they will be issuing permanent Xbox Live bans to anyone who has already started playing Halo 4 through various leaks and piracy. MCV is reporting that people who have pirated the game are now receiving emails explaining the situation and why they were banned. It is said that the reason for the ban in the email is due to “illegitimate prerelease title play.”
Considering the only way to play pirated games is to hack your console, it is likely that a ban was already being levied against most users regardless. It is worth noting that this is something that this is not the first time Microsoft has done this, as they performed similar actions when 2010’s Halo: Reach was leaked to the public before release.