Halo 2 PC multiplayer extended through June

Microsoft extends end date to June 2013 while it investigates "further support options."

Microsoft announced last month that Halo 2 PC multiplayer support would end February 15. That is no longer the case. 343 Industries designer David Ellis this week announced over Twitter that support for the game will be extended for at least another four months.

"Halo 2 PC support extended through June 2013 while we investigate further support options," Ellis wrote. "Now go get those achievements."

Microsoft said last month it had been monitoring the game's online population, finding that peak concurrent user levels reached only about 20 players. It is not clear if this statistic remains to be an accurate representation of the game's online user base.

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.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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38 comments
RetroGaming1990
RetroGaming1990

WHOA!

Halo 2???

What year is it?

2013 or 2004?

I forget!

 

HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

meanwhile in halo:ce there's about 550+ players and 80 active srevers ( yes i checked yesterday ) face it M$, people don't want to use GFWL anymore !

Bowser05
Bowser05

It's going to be a peak of 21 with me playing too now! THANKS 343 I LOVE YOU!

amogul
amogul

Microsoft Freelancer has some hacks that allow for it to be played on third party servers. However it was released in 2003 before the birth of GFWL.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

I'm gonna see if I can find this game to download to my PC, and I mean I'm gonna try to buy it, not torrent it like a thief.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Halo 3 SO deserves to be on PC. C'mon Microsoft. Windows is your platform, too!!

supershmo
supershmo

put a proper port of 3 on steam, please

pathosfire
pathosfire

I played sooo much of this game back in the day, it'd really be cool if they can come up with a solution to keep multiplayer alive.  It's such a classic game.

amogul
amogul

Sweet! I have 90 brand new copies still on the shelf.  Sell Sell Sell!

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

this is great news as I am a big fan of Halo 2 on the PC even the first game which has dedicated servers is still played and there are great mods out there which makes Halo CE PC look even better than anniversary :D I am still kind adisapointed thou that Microsoft let the PC players in the game after Halo 2 considering how well Halo 3, Reach and Halo 4 did :/

carllfc
carllfc

Isnt the original Halo still supported? Or is that on some sort of different system of network than what Microsoft uses for Halo 2 and other games they've stopped supporting?

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Hopefully those "further support options" include just letting players host their own servers for the foreseeable future. MS wouldn't have to maintain any support or service on their end and the game could stay alive.

And while they're at it, how about use those piles of cash they're rolling in from charging $60/year for Live and give the Xbox Halos some dedicated servers. The were willing to do it for Gears of War 3, and it's stupid that console Halo is still entirely peer-to-peer. Host migration and host advantage need to die.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

further support options would be releasing halo 2 and 3 on steam and making a crap load of money.  I guess microsoft doesn't like making money lol

tagyhag
tagyhag

Just put it on STEAM ALREADY. 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The should have a least made an HD remake for 2014. The tenth anniversary of Halo 2. Which was once the record setter way back in 2004. The first modern day event launch of a videogame. Still at least PC players can keep their MP for a little longer.

Atheno
Atheno

If i was in command of a gaming system's online servers, id release what is known as Steady Games. I'm not sure about how popular Halo 2 is on PC, but I know a crap ton of people played it on Xbox still, until it was taken down. If fans really want to play it, why not make a new server that was small and cheaper to handle the load? Games that EA have shut down in the past, were still incredibly playable and some of them needed online to get trophies or achievements. These are the games that, for no other reason of being a complete package, should remain operational.

Halo 2 is from what I gather, still a crowd favorite. They could easily re-release it with slightly different coding for 9.99 on xbox live, for it to connect to the new servers, and wam, profit.

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

the games biggest flaw is Vista only.


aint nobody got time for that.

LoganWesker
LoganWesker

wow people are still playing this?


i jumped on call of duty 2 in jan still to find people playing which was awesome..same goes for uno &  gow2 horde...they should always keep these babies

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

I suppose it's a good sign. If 20 players can warrant server maintenance for a further 4 months, then other publishers/developers may follow suit and continue supporting what's left of the games online community.

Duckynevada
Duckynevada

Thank you. I hope they find an alternative to shutting down the servers. it is a great game.

Wula_
Wula_

@pathosfire there is one. It is called network tunneling I believe. But officially "online play" will be dead if they pull the sign in servers.

spammehardo
spammehardo

@carllfc Halo 1 is run on gamespy servers. It could be shutdown if microsoft doesn't renew the service with them. Halo 2 is hosted by microsft directly i believe. Halo 1 allows for dedicated servers halo 2 doesn't

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

@carllfc yes there are still active servers and people who play it online checked it today and still awesome :D

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

@psx_warrior @PcGamer4Ever1 Ya so many people , thats why there are only 35 comments on this page . Minority of the people . Rest of them haven't even visited this page to comment on anything .

ArataWata
ArataWata

@thequickshooter @HiImUPSMan Was Windows 7 around when Halo 2 on Vista released? No, it wasn't. That, and add the fact that it uses the good ol Games for Windows Live and you've got yourself a PC game that flopped.

Sure, it works with Windows 7 but by the time that came out the damage was already done. No one was playing the game apart from like 10 people.

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

@tagyhag @Tremblay343 Microsoft did not make GTA4, that was his point. MS published Halo, and that's a reason enough for them to keep the franchise on their mediocre GFWL service. 

loopy_101
loopy_101

@Fighting40 @thequickshooter @HiImUPSMan I don't think that is what he meant. Back in 2007 no one wanted Halo 2 on PC purely because of Vista. Not to mention it was a terrible port of a DX8 game, with poorly optomised code and GFWL to boot.

We can all play Halo 2 on Windows 7 but the point being made is that because it did so awfully on release, and because it's technically out of print, no one really cares about playing it anymore.