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.

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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jtthegame316
jtthegame316

halo 2. i like them all be halo 2 i liked the least, all the other halo's had some kind of health system where as that was shiled down then dead

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

343i is gonna release soon halo 2 HD so i don't care much even if i need to buy the game again 

theKSMM
theKSMM

Microsoft's tepid support of Halo on the PC (despite its originally being planned as a PC game) has always been pitiful.  I hope the community can come up with some way to keep the matchmaking alive.

ZeroSky
ZeroSky

"The game runs only on Windows Vista."

Umm, no? It runs on Vista or newer. Which was a stupid decision and likely hurt the game considerably, but still. It works just fine in Windows 7 and 8.

And although it's never much of anything, there are consistently more than 20 people online any time I log into the game.

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

Does this mean that the games for windows live interface is going away, because I thought it was kind of cool to get achievements for Xbox LIVE through a PC Game.

obsequies
obsequies

you can still play halo 2 online on the xbox via xlink kai's lan tunneling service, there are usually at least 20 Mexicans in there

megakick
megakick

20 players LOL? thats' awesome i wanna play!!! Halo 2 HD is soon to be released...

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !! ffs I love this game on the PC :( this is definitely the worst news I had this week and I thought exams would suck lol

skullomania2
skullomania2

Halo 2's multiplayer on xbox live is still the best i have ever played. The PC version could not duplicate it. 

Arbalon
Arbalon

Its a shame when games die out... Halo 2 is probably my favourite in the series. Its unfortunate that its no longer played very much, oh well, had to happen someday.

AlexFili
AlexFili

20 users, holy moly! Halo 2 next-gen remake time methinks.

adamomars
adamomars

20 motherfuckers till Rippin halo 2... I was 15 when this game came out... god it was sick.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

i feel bad for the people who still play this.. its not that old of a game.

many older games still let there users play online

spammehardo
spammehardo

It's amazing how microsoft actually made the netcode even worse in halo 2 on pc then they did with halo 1 on pc.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Hope is not lost, there will be people who will make servers and it will continue for the people who want to play.

Also, Halo CE PC > Halo 2 PC

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

and they are still waiting till the 15th of Feb to shut it down.....ummmm, even if they shut it down by the 25th of Jan, i dont think those 20 people will mind......

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

At least since it is on PC people can continue to run their own servers if needed.

Zanoh
Zanoh

//The game runs only on Windows Vista.\\

That's why no one bothered to play it. Release it on Windows 7, and then you might see a jump.

zfazal84
zfazal84

Anyone who still plays Halo 2 online is either


A clinger (somoene who only plays one game online because they either never got good at any other online shooter)


Poor (cannot afford to play newer games)


Cheap


A modder/cheater


No self respecting halo fan would still be playing  a 9 year old game online.


Where's your self respect?  that's the question I ask to anyone still playing Halo 2 online...

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

i actually just bought this game for 40 bucks for hopes of playing online but it wouldnt let me install. this is really lame

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Someone needs to make a "Halo Fan" meme. It'd read something something like: 

"Complains new Halo isn't like Halo 2," "Only 20 people playing Halo 2 online."

I always thought with the amount of bitching regarding new Halos compared to the old ones people would have been going back to play this online on PC.

Cyber_Skaarj
Cyber_Skaarj

This comes as zero surprise. Do they really expect PC Gamers to have any interest in Halo when we got both 1 & 2 well after the console releases, AND have yet to see any sign of Halo 3? If 343/MS had any love for the PC version, as they claim to have had, they would have actually bothered to put some effort into *giving* us the games.

Lost-to-Apathy
Lost-to-Apathy

This is why dedicated servers are the way to go. You don't have to worry about a shit stain of a company like Microsoft making your game's multiplayer obsolete.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

That's such bullshit. I JUST got a computer that can run Halo 2 on Minimum settings and I was going to pick it up and run through the achievements so I could have 100% completion in every Halo game. Now it seems like that's going to be impossible...

ChunkyDrawers
ChunkyDrawers

Peoples lives must pretty sad if you're still playing Halo 2 online...

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Ehhhh.....is it just me or am i seeing things? Correct me if i'm wrong but didn't Halo 2 release all the way back in November of 2004 for XBOX and pc??? If the answer to that question is yes then why does this article have the header as a shooter game that was released in 2007??? I always thought Halo 3 was released in that year and not 2!! Oh snap but wait, there was a Windows version released for 2 back in 2007...hmmmm!!

Sorrow_Echo
Sorrow_Echo

@spammehardo I agree the only reason they made halo 2 pc was just to sell windows vista. I still play Halo CE sometimes.

spammehardo
spammehardo

I also remember that you had to pay a subscription to microsft to play this game online just like on the xbox.  It wasn't successful and they dropped it so that's probably one of the reason you don't see any more halo's coming to pc.

spammehardo
spammehardo

@Toysoldier34 people are still playing halo 2 on the orginal xbox through xlink using lan redirected onto the net. Microsft made it impossible to do with the 360 so once the newer halo games go offline on the 360 they are gone forever.

AwsomeZ101
AwsomeZ101

@Zanoh it does work on windows 7 and 8. *cough* fail *cough* :)

AwsomeZ101
AwsomeZ101

@zfazal84 halo 2 is the first online halo. Aside from halo 1 it is the purest form of halo mp and has one of the best campaigns regarding events and story (we only hate the story near the end of it). I prefer halo 2 mp any day over 3 and 4. Its the purest rush of halo and why many played it on xbox till the servers shut down.

PetJel
PetJel

@zfazal84 I lost it at 'self respecting halo fan', god you can't be serious can you?

Sorrow_Echo
Sorrow_Echo

@zfazal84 Let me guess, you werent even born when the first halo game came out. GS should put a ESRB rating on making an account and posting comments rather than making lame videos. At lest we wouldnt waste time with such comments as yours.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@zfazal84 I was a Halo fan with HaloCE. Every title since has just felt lesser and lesser compared to it.


I feel quite the opposite really. Only a Halo fan would be playing a 9 year old game.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@akdiuuuryttt Which OS do you have?

zfazal84
zfazal84

@akdiuuuryttt  

You spent 40 bucks on a 9 year old game? 


futhermore any true halo fan would be playing Halo 3, Halo Reach and Halo 4 online on Xbox 360 and not wasting there time with a PC port of a 9 year old game.


DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

@ChunkyDrawers 

Halo 2 is, to many, still the best multiplayer in the franchise. And being as Halo's multiplayer is one of the best in the industry, that would mean Halo 2 is still one of the best multiplayer games ever made. And considering how much of a disappointment the 7th generation has been to a lot of gamers, it's really not surprising that some people are still hanging back with the 6th.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

@Viral-venom13
Halo 2 was released for Xbox in 2004. The Halo 2 PC release did not see release the light of day until it launched alongside Vista in 2007, hence why it's called Halo 2 For Windows Vista. It wouldn't work on XP.

Sorrow_Echo
Sorrow_Echo

@zfazal84 you sir should get a good pc, It seems you only own a 5y old 360 with a single controller...

darth_3pio
darth_3pio

@DarkReign2552 @ChunkyDrawers PC doesn't really have "generations" not in the console sense of the word. And on PC, Halo 1 was arguably the better game, Halo 2 PC was a terrible port. You actually see a larger active population in Halo 1 PC.