Bungie hasn’t been the Halo firm for a while now. Since breaking from Microsoft, the studio has managed to firmly set up a brand new id, far faraway from Grasp Chief and the gang. Subsequent month, Bungie cuts one of many final remaining threads to their flagship Xbox franchise, as an archive of stats, screenshots and customized gametypes goes offline for good.
Tucked away within the first This Week At Bungie submit of the yr, group supervisor Dylan Gafner took a second away from Future to ring within the remaining hours of Bungie’s legacy Halo website. Whereas it hasn’t been up to date in over 9 years, the positioning remained on-line as a memorial to 1000’s of group stats and creations taken from Halo’s 2 by Attain.
“On February 9, the halo.bungie.web web site might be taken offline completely,” Gafner writes. “Everyone seems to be welcome to avoid wasting their stats and recordsdata, nonetheless they’ll, in the event that they’d like to avoid wasting something. Please understand that our Information articles, Boards, and Teams had been imported into the present model of Bungie.web again in 2013.”
After wrapping up Halo: Attain, Bungie handed off Halo stewardship to new studio 343 Industries. Now, 343 did a (principally) bang-up job of bringing the unique video games to PC final yr with Halo: The Grasp Chief Assortment, however largely ignored the group content material that got here earlier than—save for a one-time switch of legacy maps and video games.
Bungie has no less than given of us a number of weeks to archive what they’ll earlier than the positioning goes down. With a little bit of rooting round, I even discovered a handful of my very own screenshots (uploaded by a 14-year-old Nat with a profoundly embarrassing gamertag). Past Halo, the positioning even contained hubs for older Bungie titles like Fantasy, Marathon, and the studio’s short-lived indie publishing wing Bungie Aerospace.
The outdated website would possibly’ve been stagnant, nevertheless it was a neat little peek into Bungie’s pre-Future previous. It is a small disgrace to see it go.