In an open letter to Xbox Live users, Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten has announced that the service for the original Xbox will meet its end this April 15th. This also includes original Xbox games played on an Xbox 360. Whitten explained Microsoft's choice to do so, "I want to start by saying this isn't a decision we made lightly, but after careful consideration, it is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community."
Whitten, and the team behind Xbox Live say they're putting foresight and planning to use, and taking original Xbox games off Live is part of that. "As we look down the road, we'll continue to evolve the [Xbox Live] service with features and experiences that harness the full power of Xbox 360. To reach our aspiration, we need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games," explained Whitten
Looks like the still-standing Halo 2 community might be a little ticked with this, but Whitten at least showed they're not looking to screw original Xbox Live customers, "We will contact the Xbox LIVE members directly impacted by this change and if this includes you, I encourage you to check your LIVE messages and associated e-mail account over the coming weeks for more details and opportunities. We view you as a partner in this process."
As console generations come and go, it comes with little surprise that online services for out-dated consoles would be cut, especially considering the console isn't even being sold anymore.