Earlier this year, a game called OpenSC2K was released on GitHub, claiming to be a free, open source version of Maxis’ classic. Turns out it wasn’t as open source as it could have been, though, because EA have had the game removed from the platform.
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It didn't take long for modders to start figuring out a way to get the Russia-only closed beta of Halo Online working elsewhere. In fact, excellent progress was being made to this end until Microsoft caught wind of it and rather hastily killed the project with a DMCA notice.