It feels like the end of an era. Although the Halo franchise has since changed hands, now under the watchful stewardship of 343 Industries, and published by Microsoft, it was Bungie that brought this ground breaking series to life. Its incredible (and a little sobering) to think that the very first game, Halo: Combat Evolved came out on Xbox almost 20 years about. Since then we haven’t looked back. And although the developer is more recently known for the Destiny series, it will forever be distinguished for this inimitable contribution to the FPS genre.
So, it is with no doubt a certain degree of wistful regret that Bungie this week announced that as of February 9th 2021 the original Halo website will be removed, permanently. As per the blog post from the bungie.net website, it said,
Almost nine years ago, stats and files from our previous franchise, Halo, stopped getting updated on Bungie.net. Since then, all stats, files, and other data from Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach have lived on in remembrance at halo.bungie.net.
On February 9, the halo.bungie.net website will be taken offline permanently. Everyone is welcome to save their stats and files, however they can, if they’d like to save anything. Please keep in mind that our News articles, Forums, and Groups were imported into the current version of Bungie.net back in 2013.Taken from the blog post, “This Week at Bungie 1/14/2021”
Dust and Echoes
Sad times indeed. But considering the franchise changed hands a full decade ago it’s great to see the developer take such pride in maintaining services related to the game that put them on the map. But all things come to an end, of course. The good news is that players are able to save as much content as they want up until the 9th. And all old news posts, forums and groups were imported onto the current Bungie website back in 2013, so some content will continue to remain available.
With just under a month to go, there’s still time to get all the memorabilia you need. And maybe watch an episode of Red vs. Blue to boot.
“Video games are great. I should know, I’ve played some.”
Olly S, July 2020