More than 40,000 jumped back into "Halo 2" over the last 24 hours, savoring their final online battles in an iconic multiplayer game, during the remaining last 90 minutes before Microsoft discontinues Xbox Live for games made for original Xbox console. Halo developer Bungie used the in-game dashboard to serve up some special messages to players, as collected in a gallery put together by game blog Joystiq. "Thanks for playing," reads one of the Bungie messages. "Seriously? More than five years after launch? You're awesome." Members of the Bungie team also played the game in last hours, promoting the upcoming "Halo: Reach" and giving out unspecified prizes to the last-minute Halo 2 online players who were able to accomplish "one of many super secret metrics." See you on the battlefield, Seventh Column," they wrote earlier in the day. "One last time." Microsoft says the discontinuation of Xbox Live for original Xbox games, including Halo 2, will clear the way for Xbox Live upgrades that would be incompatible with the older games.
Visit: Bungie Halo 2 Gallery