It’s finally happening. Microsoft will be shutting down Xbox LIVE for all of their original Xbox titles on April 15th. This announcement comes from Microsoft’s Marc Whitten on an official press release:

“On April 15 we will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox v1 games playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals. I want to start by saying this isn’t a decision we made lightly, but after careful consideration, it is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community.”

Marc seems to think this decision will help Xbox LIVE as a whole, I’m not sure how, but apparently it’s going to “provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community.” We will see what M$ means by this in the coming months.

The Halo 2 community is sure to feel the brunt of this impact the most once their treasured title is stripped of its online play. Mr. Whitten even mentions the impact of the Halo community, and then delivers a swift kick to the nads by marketing Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and the upcoming Halo Reach as ways for Halo players to get their fix of Halo.

“There’s no greater example of the power of the Xbox LIVE community than the “Halo” franchise. “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. And while it’s difficult to see that run come to an end, the “Halo” franchise continues to act as the benchmark for multiplayer gaming in this generation, with “Halo 3,” “Halo 3: ODST” and soon “Halo: Reach” on Xbox 360.”

I will have you know Microsoft, that I can’t play Blood Gulch on any of those Halo games!

What do you think of the death of Halo 2 multiplayer? Are there any Xbox games your going to play online before the service bites the big one?

Source: Marc Whitten