Halo data moving away from Bungie by March 31

The process of transitioning Halo data management from Bungie to 343 Industries started last summer, and finally has an end date. Bungie announced today that as of March 31, it will be completely out of the franchise it created that helped put Microsoft's consoles on the map.

After that date, all live Halo data will be managed by 343 Industries, according to the Bungie blog. That means Bungie won't be updating game stats, player service records, hosting new user generated content, or operating the Bungie Pro service. The company does plan to keep historical Halo data on its site "for as long as the Internet and Bungie's data storage systems remain functional."

The change will impact currently-supported, Bungie-developed Halo games -- the last of which was Halo: Reach. It's certainly the end of an era, as the developer sets its sights on new initiatives like Bungie Aerospace and its new Activision-published franchise.