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Microsoft discontinues Xbox LIVE for original Xbox Games including Halo 2

Microsoft announced that on April 15, the company will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox v1 games playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals. To be clear, gamers should still be able to play original Xbox titles on the console offline. And for Halo fans, there’s always the Live-enabled “Halo 3” and “Halo 3: ODST” on Xbox 360. “There’s no greater example of the power of the Xbox LIVE community than the Halo franchise,” Whitten writes in his post. “Halo 2 has had an amazing run on LIVE, with a dedicated community more than five years after launch and well into the next generation of consoles. It has fundamentally changed the way we play video games.” OK, so why cut it off? “(As) we look down the road, we’ll continue to evolve the service with features and experiences that harness the full power of Xbox 360,” he writes. “To reach our aspiration, we need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games,” says Marc Whitten.

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