Halo 2 PC going offline next month

Microsoft will shut down online multiplayer for 2007 shooter February 15 after peak user count hits only 20.

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Halo 2 PC multiplayer will end February 15, 343 Industries has announced in a new blog post. The company said it has been monitoring the game's online population for months, finding that peak concurrent user levels reached only about 20 players.

Halo 2 for PC's multiplayer over LAN and single-player will remain available, though all other network services will be switched off at the time. "We love you, Halo 2 PC, and you will live forever in our hearts," the company said.

Halo 2 PC launched in May 2007, more than two and a half years after the original Xbox version was released. It was ported to the PC by internal Microsoft team Hired Gun, which has since been dissolved. The game runs only on Windows Vista.

Gamers holding out for a high-definition Halo 2 remake are out of luck, as Microsoft said last year that it has no plans for such a game.

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