Report: Halo 2 Blamed for Xbox Live 100 Friend Limit

By Nick Breckon, Aug 10, 2009 12:11pm PDT While Microsoft has been reluctant to pin down the reason for why Xbox Live still limits users to a list of 100 friends, a new report places the blame squarely on maintaining support for Halo 2.

One "high-level Microsoft source" told G4TV that Microsoft would have ended support for older Xbox Live games if not for Halo 2's continuing popularity.

According to the source, Microsoft is unable to patch in support for larger friends lists to the older titles, meaning that an expansion of the lists would require the complete shutdown of Halo 2 multiplayer service.

The company is still undecided on when to pull the plug, says the source. Microsoft has publicly expressed a desire to expand the list in recent months, but has not committed to a time frame.

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