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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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13. Re: Halo 2 PC Server Shutdown Next Month Jan 17, 2013, 13:06 Verno
 
Copying some files or recompiling some stuff is not costly, I could believe some compatibility or licensing issues but migration for non-essential software daemons is pretty much a joke thanks to VMs. At the worst you might have some old linked libraries or legacy stuff to worry about. They already have the hardware capacity for other things and they already have to employ people to do this stuff, they don't really save anything significant based on what I see doing IT doing around here and what friends in the industry say.

To be fair though, one legitimate scenario is that there are no more personnel around who have the familiarity with the software and many companies don't want to run it if that's the case. That's happened a few times in the industry and there have been some cases where old server code gets lost in a transition or etc.

But I agree that with 20 players and for the number of years they ran it that this is a fine ending point, especially since the community has an alternative. I just strongly dislike it when companies sunset things and don't let the community who is interested at least run it themselves.
 
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