Players Can Turn Off Anti-Cheat in Halo: Reach to Experiment with Mods

By Sean Carey,
Halo: Reach launches today on PC as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and although Reach won't officially support mods at launch, you will still be able to turn off the game's anti-cheat and experiment with mods yourself.

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A 343 Employee confirmed that players would be able to bypass the anti-cheat allowing you to replace and change the game's files without repercussions. This means that official multiplayer matches will be off the table, but you will still be able to host private and custom games. After you're done, you'll have to replace the modded files back with the originals and turn anti-cheat back on.

A member of the 343 Industries team said this to other users over on Reddit, "We’re still working to improve this down the road, but for now you will have an option when you launch to bypass anti-cheat. This will allow you to play around with campaign and customs but not allow you to play any match made games. I highly suggest making a copy/backup of anything you modify so you’ll be able to switch back and forth easily."

Halo: Reach is expected to get full mod support at a later date, but until then 343 have been kind enough to allow players this workaround. This will be good news to all those in the modding community.

If full mod support does find its way to Reach, this could significantly further the game's lifespan. Unfortunately, we have no idea when this could be, and we'll just have to wait until 343 Industries gives us full confirmation.

One of the reasons for the Master Chief Collection coming to PC was because of a famous Halo Online mod. ElDewrito is a community-made mod that allows PC players to play Halo Online — a cancelled Russian game based on Halo 3's multiplayer. It had huge success in the Halo PC modding community, boasting impressive gameplay numbers. According to an ElDewrito blog post, the mod “lit a spark” within 343 Industries to get the Master Chief Collection working on PC. The blog post mentions that the ElDewrito team has even met with 343 several times and will be working with them when its time to implement full mod support. This was confirmed by 343 community manager Brian Jarrad.

If you haven't already, you can check out both the Halo: Reach Campaign and Multiplayer Achievement lists.

Source: Reddit

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.