Microsoft France made an announcement regarding the recently leaked Halo 3: ODST retail copy that was sold in France. For the gamers who play Halo 3: ODST earlier than they are supposed to, they will be banned from XBOX Live. It doesn’t matter if you buy the game from the stores or if a friend gives it to you.
As of now, Microsoft France has not released any information on the punishment, if any, for the stores who break the release date. As for the gamers, you will just get banned. Microsoft is on the lookout for everyone’s gamertag for early players on XBL!
I guess this will apply to North America as well. Take precautions when playing your burned copy on your modded Xbox pirates!
“Microsoft is formal, people who play Halo 3: ODST around before the release date will be banned from Xbox Live!” – Microsoft France
[UPDATE] Stephen Toulouse of XBOX Live Police : “However, if you have Halo ODST achievements and haven’t played the game, prepare for a gamerscore reset.”[UPDATE] Banhammer for Playing Halo 3: ODST Early,