Microsoft has announced it will be discontinuing Xbox Live support for online components of Xbox v1 games effective April 15. The company says it is working to continue the evolution of the Xbox Live service, and that finally means doing something that will make the service incompatible with original Xbox v1 games. For the fans of Master Chief and his arsenal of explosive devices, that means online game play for Halo 2 will be going away.
The service termination applies to both using the Xbox Live service on original Xbox consoles as well as playing Xbox v1 games on an Xbox 360.
As a consolation, Microsoft will be offering Halo 2 fans a free three-month Xbox Live Gold memberships and 400 Microsoft Points to spend on Xbox Live; Halo 2 players will also be invited to the Halo Reach beta when it launches.
Halo 2 won’t be the only game with an online component to fall victim to the change: other well-known titles that will lose their online components will include Star Wars: Battlefront and Counterstrike.
The change will not impact Xbox and Xbox 360 owners’ ability to play Xbox v1 games offline.