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Microsoft Shutting Down Halo 2 PC Multiplayer Servers in Feb

By - Source: Halo Waypoint | B 28 comments

Multiplayer servers for Halo 2 PC will close on February 15.

I hate to say it, but I had no idea Halo 2 PC multiplayer servers were still up and running, but apparently that's coming to an end next month. Even more, the multiplayer Achievements for the game will be unobtainable once the Microsoft shooter goes offline.

"We’re sad to report that the service end-date for Halo 2 PC Multiplayer will be February 15, 2013," reports Halo Waypoint's Jessica Shea. "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."

Halo 2 launched for Windows Vista on May 31, 2007 nearly two-and-a-half years after it launched on the original Xbox console. It was exclusive to Vista in order to boost the platform's sales, but Windows XP gamers were able to bypass that limitation by using a third-party crack. Halo 2 PC was also one of the launch titles for the Games for Windows platform, and offered features and maps not available in the console version.

Halo 2 PC was originally slated for a May 8, 2008 release, but the game was stalled after partial nudity was discovered in the map editor. According to Edge Magazine, a photo of a man mooning the camera was displayed as part of the ".ass" error. Microsoft had to update the packaging to warn customers about the partial nudity, and provided a patch that removed the offending buns from the game.

"We have been advised by Microsoft that future runs of the game will be produced without the content in question, thus negating the need for the descriptor to be displayed on those versions," the ESRB stated. "ESRB’s job is to ensure that games are appropriately labeled, and that is precisely what we did in this case.  We greatly appreciate Microsoft’s cooperation in this matter."

Too funny. Now all of a sudden I want to play Halo 2 on my laptop, and naked butt cheeks have nothing to do with it. Have you played Halo 2 on the PC?

 

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    crysex , January 18, 2013 7:50 PM
    Well, Get your Halo 4 for PC! Damn your Consoles!
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    InvalidError , January 18, 2013 8:05 PM
    Gotta love centralized multi-player servers as DRM or kill-switch as a method to force players to either migrate to newer versions of a given game or buy/play something else. Also somewhat like the ultimate way of killing the 2nd-hand market since your old games become unplayable and worthless.
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    crysex , January 18, 2013 7:50 PM
    Well, Get your Halo 4 for PC! Damn your Consoles!
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    spartanmk2 , January 18, 2013 7:57 PM
    I totally forgot that halo 2 was on pc... when it came out i had XP and saw the requirement for Vista and said forget it... needless to say, i did not know about the xp hack back then :( 
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    tipoo , January 18, 2013 7:59 PM
    Wait, even Halo 1 still has servers for it going, I just checked and I still find matches for it...Will 1 be shut down too, or will 2 be shut down before 1?
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    memadmax , January 18, 2013 8:03 PM
    Just stick the server software in a virtual machine along with other games that get little traffic and call it good. That way people can still get a game or two in once in a while when the "nostalgia" bug kicks in lol
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    InvalidError , January 18, 2013 8:05 PM
    Gotta love centralized multi-player servers as DRM or kill-switch as a method to force players to either migrate to newer versions of a given game or buy/play something else. Also somewhat like the ultimate way of killing the 2nd-hand market since your old games become unplayable and worthless.
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    obsama1 , January 18, 2013 8:33 PM
    Do people actually still play Halo 2 on PC?
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    samwelaye , January 18, 2013 8:46 PM
    InvalidErrorGotta love centralized multi-player servers as DRM or kill-switch as a method to force players to either migrate to newer versions of a given game or buy/play something else. Also somewhat like the ultimate way of killing the 2nd-hand market since your old games become unplayable and worthless.


    People will host their own games, not microsoft/343 industries. you can still play it online... game is just hosted locally instead of on a different server so however is hosting theoretically has an advantage. guess thats the price to pay when only TWENTY people want to play anyways
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    azurehobo , January 18, 2013 9:39 PM
    samwelayePeople will host their own games, not microsoft/343 industries. you can still play it online... game is just hosted locally instead of on a different server so however is hosting theoretically has an advantage. guess thats the price to pay when only TWENTY people want to play anyways


    Actually you can run the server software off your owning machine to create your own server for online play. What is happening here is that the master server will be shit down, so you won't be able to populate the server browser list through normal means. XBC, XKAI, or any VPN will allow players to host internet LAN games forever.

    Also for those wondering, Halo 2 Vista's master server is run by MS, while the Halo 1 PC master sever is run by GameSpy (or their new owner who plans on shutting the servers down soon).
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    calmstateofmind , January 18, 2013 9:40 PM
    At least the PC servers lasted a lot longer than the Xbox Live servers.

    I played Halo 2 the day it came out for Xbox, and I played the day they shutdown its Live servers. I don't think I'll be able to say the same for PC though, having only played while in my computer class, back in high school, along with everyone else who wasn't doing their work...
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    anxiousinfusion , January 18, 2013 10:23 PM
    tipooWait, even Halo 1 still has servers for it going, I just checked and I still find matches for it...Will 1 be shut down too, or will 2 be shut down before 1?


    IIRC Gamyspy was planning on shutting down the Halo 1 server along with several other older titles.
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    d1rtyd1z619 , January 18, 2013 10:52 PM
    Ah I remember when I worked at a certian office suppy store (O****e D***t) and I used to hook all the comps we sold together and had a mini lan deathmatch with other employees and customers. Good times when companies loved their employyes.
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    bustapr , January 18, 2013 11:25 PM
    i still play halo 1 on pc from time to time, but havent played halo 2 in ages. if players are peaking at then theres really no reason to keep the servers alive. i just hope halo 1 stays longer.
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    Spooderman , January 18, 2013 11:29 PM
    arlon356my roomate's mother makes $75/hr on the internet. She has been fired from work for ten months but last month her paycheck was $21621 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more http://xurl.es/q5jki


    No thanks, I already have a virus. I don't need another one.
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    mattmock , January 18, 2013 11:30 PM
    I liked halo 2 but the pc version had some issues. The fov was really narrow and if you had a 120hz monitor it broke the the game. Running above 60 fps caused weird behavior and the game relied on v-sync to control the framerate. I guess the fps limited in the nvidia control panel could be used now.
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    CaedenV , January 19, 2013 12:04 AM
    Wait, Halo 2 was released for PC?

    (a few google searches later)
    Who releases 2 parts of a trilogy on a platform? *sigh* only microsoft...
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    amoralman , January 19, 2013 1:00 AM
    This is exactly why Always-Online DRM are a scam and people should boycott any game using it. Imagine what happens in a few years when D3 servers go down? Because you know how stable is the game business right?

    God I hate where it's going...
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2013 1:16 AM
    Microsoft have ruined their best game!

    If they weren’t so up their own ass and trying to shove vista down PC gamers throats people would have actually bought this game. By the time 7 came out it was too late.

    Now we have to use these ridiculous “controllers” to attempt to aim at poor graphics. I am never buying a console. Microsoft, I am never buying your products again.
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    itchyisvegeta , January 19, 2013 7:04 AM
    XP Hack only worked for the campaign, not the multiplayer. If the game would not have been Vista only, it would have had a very strong following, like Halo 1 on the PC still has.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 19, 2013 9:00 AM
    Sorry, Halo 2 sucked. I don't care. I'm surprised it's even still played. The online experience is what killed it for me. If it was like Halo 1 for PC, maybe with a little bit better filtering options, it would've taken off.

    Can we get Halo 3, ODST, Reach and Halo 4 to PC??? You can require Windows 8, I don't care, I'll buy the $5 Start8 app, just do it!!!
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    susyque747 , January 19, 2013 11:50 AM
    All your game belong to us. MS = Sux
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