Bungie passes the final Halo baton…
It is funny how you can have an emotional response to the migration of stats from service provider to another, but it is with a touch of sadness that Bungie final cord to the Halo franchise has been severed. As of March 31, 2012 your Halo stats will no longer be updated at Bungie.net. What is worse, all the cool features and integration B.net had with Halo 3 and Halo: Reach such as video renders, name tiles, screenshots, map variant downloads from the site, etc. will no longer function. You will still have their great games to play, you will just no longer be able to see your stats update at Bungie’s site. The updating of Halo’s stats has moved over to Halo Waypoint and 343 Industries. It is great it still has a home, but there was just something special about Bungie.net’s setup and aesthetic.
As one final testament to all our sins, Bungie has provided one last bulk view of the life of its Halo stat keeping. Pictured below is a graphic which details the last eight or so years of Halo online play, and the numbers are staggering! You can bet that most gamers of this generation had some part in those numbers. Halo has an amazing community of gamers, even in the face of Call of Duty’s dominance it soldiers on unabated, and will rise again renewed with its new custodians, 343 Industries.
I will think fondly of those heady days of Halo 2 when one could go to Halo 2 and see all of the details of there matches, the stats, who killed who from where, heat maps, and so one. Bungie’s commitment to details and stats keeping were unbelievable, and I was floored by it. It continued on in to Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Reach. Bungie continued to add features and functionality that were heads and shoulders above the nearest competition. Their innovative nature makes me extremely curious and excited for their as of yet unannounced project which I believe will take the world by storm.
Though Bungie’s relationship with Halo is no more, their legacy lives on within the games that we know and love. It is my hope that 343 will steward this franchise in the right direction and make us continue to love the adventures of Master Chief, Cortana, and the universe that is Halo. Early evidence is that they are in good shape. Halo and Bungie’s project should be able to coexist side by side, and I suspect they will compliment each other, at least they will in my home.