When we spoke to the Installation 01 team last year development was ongoing despite the fact that Microsoft and 343i hadn't explicitly given the fan-made Halo project their blessing. The game, which is aiming to bring Bungie-era inspired Halo to PC, is very much at the mercy of the IP owners, and there was always a concern that it could one day be shut down. However, it looks like the project will continue as is after the team shared an update revealing positive talks with the overlords of all things Halo.
"Over the past few months, we've shared details of our development plans with 343: our release schedule, planned content, and more," the team revealed in a recent update. "Up until very recently, this was a one-way street, with us sending them information and them thanking us for maintaining contact and keeping them informed. This changed recently.
"343 Industries gave us an opportunity to participate in a call with a few company higher-ups to engage in a meet-and-greet and involved discussion about the future of our project. They also gave us an opportunity to ask a lot of questions about the ongoing legal status of the project.
"We are happy to announce that the outcome of the call was both incredibly informational and very positive! Through these interactions we have been ensured that Installation 01 is not under imminent legal threat, provided we remain non-commercial in nature and scope, and continue to follow Microsoft's Game Content Usage Rules to the letter."
Good news for the project then, as long as the team doesn't try to monetise their work in any way. We look forward to playing the fruits of their collective labour when it's ready for public consumption.