Last summer Bungie and 343 Industries began a transition of all Halo stats and data currently housed on Bungie.net. On March 31, 2012 all data will have been moved to Microsoft and 343’s Halo Waypoint service and will no longer be stored on Bungie.net. All new data will be handled by 343 and, “Bungie will no longer be able to update game stats and player service records, to host new user generated content, or to operate the Bungie Pro service.” However, all historical data will be kept intact: “Bungie will preserve all existing historical Halo data on Bungie.net for as long as the Internet and Bungie’s data storage systems remain functional.”
EGM’s TAKE: This change is set to have a major impact on all Bungie developed Halo titles and will change the way a lot of players interact with the game. Now in order to process videos, set up matches and looks at challenges you will need to head over to Halo Waypoint. This final transition marks the end of an era in gaming, arguably one of the most popular, with Halo finally being completely passed over to the folks at 343 Industries. Are they ready to take on such a major responsibility and will fans accept them as the new developers? We’ll have to wait until Halo 4 releases to truly find out.
“Thanks for making the Halo-era version of Bungie.net more successful than we could have possibly imagined. You complete us,” the developer concluded.
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