The Halo 2 PC servers are to be switched off in February. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering there is only 20 active players still… “We’re sad to report that the service end-date for Halo 2 PC Multiplayer will be February 15, 2013,” said 343 Industries community manager Jessica Shea on Halo Waypoint. “We’ve been monitoring the population for months, and it’s been peaking consistently at approximately 20 players or less. Those that own this game can continue to enjoy Multiplayer over LAN after that date; however our network services will be turned off at that time. We love you, Halo 2 PC, and you will live forever in our hearts. #singletear”
In more joyful news, it seems Star Wars 1313 may be out this year and may be out on PS3. Except it may not, because the Facebook update by PlayStation Germany which said so has now been removed. On top of that, the game’s publisher LucasArts has told Eurogamer that the Facebook post is “inaccurate”, but did not specified why. “We have not confirmed any platforms yet for 1313 and do not have any announcements to make at this time,” a spokesperson added. So… it’s coming out this year, but on the PS4 (and Xbox 720) we assume?
A confirmed release date and platform is not an issue for Dead or Alive 5 Plus. Featuring cross-play between the Vita and PS3, the Vita edition of the game will be out in Europe on 22 March and in the US on 19 March.
Let’s keep the release date thee going. The PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale DLC which gives access to Gravity Rush’s Kat and Starhawk’s Emmett Graves is due on 13 February, developer SuperBot announced on the EU PlayStation Blog.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U will be released in the UK and Europe on 22 March 22, while the game arrives three days earlier in the US (19 March).
The Wii U version of Criterion’s Need for Speed Most Wanted is set to hit retail on 19 March in the US and 21 March in Europe.
Following the announcement of the US release date for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft has confirmed a UK (and we’re pretty sure a South African) release date of 23 August.
Ubisoft also confirmed the release date of the PC version of Trials Evolution, dubbed ‘Gold Edition’. The game, which features all Trials Evolution content, plus all of the tracks from the original Trials HD recreated, will release both digitally and in retail on 22 March.
Sticking with downloading stuff – a second update is due soon (22 January) for Resident Evil 6. According to Capcom, the update will allow players to enable QTE Assist on any difficulty level, while some areas have had their difficulty tweaked based on consumer feedback.
And finally, the debut trailer for Suda 51’s slightly bonkers looking (aren’t they all?) Killer is Dead has been released…