Halo 2 PC Multiplayer Staying Online Through June

By Game & Guide Staff , Updated Feb 13, 2013 01:25 PM EST
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Halo developer 343 Industries says that Halo 2's PC multiplayer support will not shut down on February 15th as planned, and will stay active through June, according to a report from CVG.

In the meantime, Halo 4 developer 343 Industries is investigating "further support options" for the game, according to a tweet from 343 designer David Ellis:

"Halo 2 PC support extended through June 2013 while we investigate further support options," Ellis announced via Twitter.

343 Industries community manager Jessica Shea  announced the company's plan to shut down Halo 2 PC multiplayer servers last month in a post on Halo Waypoint,  

"We're sad to report that the service end-date for Halo 2 PC Multiplayer will be February 15, 2013," Shea wrote. "We've been monitoring the population for months, and it's 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."

In April 2010, Microsoft shut down support for Halo 2's multiplayer on Xbox Live, with the last player, Xbox Live user Apache N4SIR, being booted out of the game a full month later, according to Kotaku.

Ellis did not elaborate on why 343 Industries extended the deadline. One potential reason? Halo 4, the newest Halo game and 343 Industries first game, is an Xbox 360 exclusive.

How do you feel about 343 Industries extended the deadline? Do you still play Halo 2 on Windows PC? Let us know in the comment section below...

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