New fan made Halo game “Project Contingency” coming to the PC
It has been quite a while since PC players saw a new Halo release given
Microsoft moved the franchise exclusively to Xbox with Halo 3, Halo
Wars, Halo Reach and the more recent Halo 4. Well, fret no more, as fans
of the series have taken it upon themselves to create a new Halo game for the PC.
Currently named Project Contingency, the fan made Halo game is being
developed by more than 20 game makers, some of which are industry
veterans. The game will use Crytek’s CryEngine 3 and has no connection
with Microsoft, 343 or anyone else involved with the Halo IP.
That may sound as an infringement lawsuit in the making, but the
Contingency team says that there will be no legal issues with Microsoft
and has taken to its forum to quell concerns.
“Project Contingency is created under Microsoft’s “Game Content Usage Rules” using assets from Halo,” the site’s legal section reads.
“It is not endorsed by Microsoft and does not reflect the views or
opinions of Microsoft or anyone officially involved in producing or
managing Halo. As such, it does not contribute to the official narrative
of the fictional universe.”
The team claims it is completely in-line with Microsoft’s usage rules
and is doing everything in its power to avoid that dreaded cease and
desist request. This essentially amounts to the devs having to avoid
trademarked logos, using the name “Halo” in the title, using someone
else’s assets and making a profit. All of which seem, for the most part,
to be quite acceptable to the Contingency team. The site goes on to
point out that this is a completely free-to-play game, being made on a
volunteer basis. They aren’t even taking donations at this point.
Members of the development also recently spoke with 343 Industries’
Frank O’Connor and Jessica Shea, who confirmed that they should be safe
from a cease and desist so long as they follow the Halo Terms of
You can see the CE3 tech demo for Contingency below.