In a sad post on its official blog, developer Bungie has pledged “one last hoorah” for the iconic and genre-defining Halo 2 ahead of Microsoft’s decision to deactivate Xbox Live multiplayer support for original Xbox titles on April 15th.
“We're all saddened at the realisation that an era is coming to an end,” the site reads. “But looking back, we're incredibly fortunate to have had such a great run and such strong support from our fans.
“Halo 2 has been at or near the top of the Xbox Live charts for original games since it launched over five years ago. We're extremely thankful to everyone who has played, enjoyed and supported Halo 2 over Xbox Live. We've had some great fun together, including far too many humpday losses to even recount.
“That said, mark your calendars now – on April 14th let's all rally to go online for one last hoorah. One final farewell and one final opportunity for all of you to kick our asses at Halo 2.”