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Halo 2 PC Server Shutdown Next Month

The Halo Bulletin has a lengthy post on the author's gaffe in not recognizing a YouTube star, details on season 2 of Spartan Ops, and word on next week's matchmaking playlist update (thanks Eurogamer). Buried way at the bottom is the announcement that February 15th will see the closure of multiplayer servers for the PC edition of Halo 2 (forever to be known as the game that failed to force you to upgrade to Vista). If you are impacted by this, then you and 19 other players are not at fault here:

To switch gears ever so slightly, were sad to report that the service end-date for Halo 2 PC Multiplayer will be February 15, 2013. Weve been monitoring the population for months, and its been peaking consistently at approximately 20 players or less. 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.

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9. Re: Halo 2 PC Server Shutdown Next Month Jan 17, 2013, 11:35 Creston
 
Techie714 wrote on Jan 17, 2013, 10:57:
Why should companies be forced to support legacy games? these companies are in the business of making money not supporting old games.

Legally there is nothing forcing them to, and like I said, in this case the game is still playable, both sp AND mp. The convenience of being able to play versus others across the internet is just taken away.

I find it an entirely different scenario when a game like Sim City is involved, because as soon as EA shuts the servers down for that, it will become unplayable for everyone who owns it.

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