Microsoft to shut down Halo 2 PC servers Feb. 15th

If you are still playing the PC version of Halo 2 online, you only have a few more weeks to do so. Microsoft has announced that the online servers for the PC port of its hit sci-fi first person shooter will be shut down on February 15th.

In an update on the Halo Waypoint website, Microsoft announced that their decision to shut down the servers was due to the low amount of online players. It stated:

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.

The PC port of Halo 2 was released on May 31st, 2007, nearly three years after the Bungle-developed game first appeared on the original Xbox console. The PC port of the game was developed internally by Microsoft. The PC port was released as an exclusive for Windows Vista, which had launched a few months beforehand. The game was also one of the first PC titles to support the Games for Windows Live online service.

Source: Halo Waypoint | Image via Microsoft

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Age of empires 1 and 2 still have alot of players through third party servers i am talking at around 4000 users worth and they still sell the game at bestbuy/walmart...... yet they shut down age of empires servers years ago . Some of their decisions are dumb

Good on MS for keeping it going for so long...

One of the reasons why i like MS over other companies.,..

Its like then they killed it on Xbox Live... They waited till the very last player logged off before they shut the servers down.,...

I thought the servers were close anyway, i installed it last month and the matchmaking / server list features didn't work on it.

Just checked now and they appear to be working again, might have to have a few games this weekend as its a great classic.

Wish they would release the server app for these things so communities who enjoy the game can set it up once more to enjoy it

since this is M$ thats quite unlikely to happen.
though if there some generous who would purchase the IP-rights from microsoft....

EA: One year since we lauched it? Shut down servers immediately!
MS: Launched it years ago, only ~20 players online, shut it down in a month.
Gotta have respect for MS.

n_K said,
EA: One year since we lauched it? Shut down servers immediately!
MS: Launched it years ago, only ~20 players online, shut it down in a month.
Gotta have respect for MS.

I do understand. But, from the company side of view, it does cost a lot to maintain a server running. So if they shuts down, then yeah!

yeah, I never see anyone online for halo 2. halo 1 on the other hand i still saw quite a few people playing that online last time i looked (some great custom maps available)

Brando212 said,
yeah, I never see anyone online for halo 2. halo 1 on the other hand i still saw quite a few people playing that online last time i looked (some great custom maps available)

Dude, there is two different version of the online version and both not developed by ms.