343 Industries date February 15 as "service end-date" for Halo 2 PC multiplayer
Posted: 17.01.2013 15:27 by Simon Priest Comments: 5
Buried under a lengthy blog post on Halo Waypoint is the announcement that next month multiplayer for Halo 2 on PC will forever more be restricted to LAN as Microsoft switch off servers.

They've monitored online activity and numbers have been "peaking consistently" at around "20 players or less." All Halo 2 network services for PC will terminate as of February 15th.

Halo 2 was the last in the series to be ported to PC. It famously demanded users have Windows Vista because of DirectX, but a third-party patch let it play on XP.

"...we’re sad to report that the service end-date for Halo 2 PC Multiplayer will be February 15, 2013. We’ve been monitoring the population for months, and it’s been peaking consistently at approximately 20 players or less," posted 343 via Halo Waypoint. "Those that own this game can continue to enjoy Multiplayer over LAN after that date; however our network services will be turned off at that time. We love you, Halo 2 PC, and you will live forever in our hearts."

The Halo franchise has generated in excess of $3 billion in sales for Microsoft, selling over 46 million units.
Source: CVG
Related games: Halo 2 (PC)


By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 17, 2013
Could this mean a new (new, that is for PC) "HALO" title might be coming to grace the ultimate of gaming platforms?
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 17, 2013
Hope so but the fact that they made all halo 2 multiplayer be done only on LAN still sucks.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Jan 17, 2013
End of an era, it was always inevitable.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jan 18, 2013
No. It just means that Microsoft isn't going to host a server for 20 players. Shouldn't be too difficult to have multiplayer via online LAN.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 18, 2013
Damn, a man can dream can't he?