Bungie has announced that it will be shutting down its Halo archives in February, which means player stats, screenshots, and files from the developer’s Halo games will be lost forever. Detailed as part of the studio weekly update blog post, Bungie explained that on February 9, the halo.bungie.net website will be taken offline permanently. Player stats, files, and screenshots for Halo 2, Halo 3, ODST, and Reach are currently stored on the website, although this archive has not been updated for almost nine years. For the better part of a decade, the website has effectively been in stasis, acting as a memorial to Bungie’s pre-Destiny years.
Players now have until February 9 to save their stats and files, if they choose. Bungie notes that this only applies to player data; Halo era news articles, forums, and groups were imported to the current Bungie.net website in 2013, and will therefore remain live. Bungie’s current long-term project is, of course, Destiny. You can see what we’ve done with his latest expansion in our Destiny 2 review: Beyond Lightand keep up to date with the latest developments in our Fireteam Chat Podcast.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and entertainment editor.