As of the time of this post on Monday afternoon, the "Halo 2" diehards who stayed logged on after Xbox Live quit supporting the game have decreased in number, but five of them, Agent Windex, Apache N4Sir, Lord Odysseus11, XXMAKDADYXX and Dirtycajun, remain dedicated to their cause. For their efforts, Microsoft has opted not to kick them off for now, and even rewarded them for their endurance.
"If you're one of the 'Halo 2 twelve' still playing, know that we're rooting for you, we think what you're doing is great, and [we] are not going to pull the rug out from under you," Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb has said on his weekly podcast.
As Kotaku points out, Microsoft even sent the band of warriors beta codes for "Halo: Reach." Such an act may sound like bribery to some, but Hryb affirmed that no one at XBL is going to be push them away in the immediate future.
"We're not shutting them off," Hryb stated. "We're going to let them go."
Microsoft will need all the dedicated Halo fans it can handle as they get ready to head into the "Reach" launch and subsequent post-Bungie era. This whole "Halo 2" scenario is a bit like a game of chicken though. You have to wonder what will finally end their session. And furthermore, when there is only one player left, how long will he or she wait around?
How do you think the "Halo 2" Twelve's quest will end? What's the longest period of time you've stayed logged in to Xbox Live? Share your opinions in the comment section below.