Bungie plans 'one last hoorah' for Halo 2

With Halo 2 set to be expunged from Xbox Live, developer Bungie announces an April 14 gaming event to send off the title with flourish.

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When Microsoft announced last week that it would stop supporting original Xbox games on Xbox Live, some called it an end of an era.

Bungie, the developer behind the Halo series, agrees. And it wants to ensure that Halo 2 doesn't go down without a fight--or at least a proper farewell.

Writing on the Bungie blog, the company expressed regret that Microsoft has decided to discontinue support for Xbox games on its online-gaming platform.

Bungie pointed out that Halo 2, which was originally designed for the first Xbox, "has been at or near the top of the Xbox Live charts for original games since it launched over five years ago."

At the same time, Bungie is planning "one last hoorah," encouraging Halo 2 players to gather online and take on one other during a "final farewell" on April 14.

Although it plans to release more details about how gamers can play Halo 2 via Xbox Live for the last time, it seems that several folks are ready to roll. The post's comments are filled with hundreds of responses from gamers pledging their time to Bungie's event.

Look for more details on Halo 2's sendoff soon. I, for one, will be there.