Bungie's final hand-off of the Halo universe, including all player stats, Bungie.net information, server control and support, will take place on March 31st. Microsoft's 343 Industries will take up the mantle with ex-Bungie staffer Frank O'Connor at the helm, though the original company plan to keep Bungie.net running as a testament to a decade of service.
Confirming the date via blog post, Bungie thanked the fans for their dedication while detailing what the final move entails.
Last summer, Bungie and 343 Industries began a transition process for Halo data. On March 31st, 2012 that transition process will be complete, all live Halo data will be managed by 343 Industries, 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. All currently supported, Bungie-developed Halo titles will be impacted by this change.
Any replacement functionality, and all future Halo support, will be provided by Microsoft and 343 Industries via Halo Waypoint.
However, Bungie will continue to host existing Halo data on Bungie.net even as they work on their mysterious multiplatform Activision-sponsored IP.
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.
Thanks for making the Halo-era version of Bungie.net more successful than we could have possibly imagined. You complete us.
It's been a blast, guys. We're looking forward to see whether 343 Industries can successfully take Halo under their wing - and discovering what Bungie has in store for us next.