They know hardcore gamers can "make their livelihoods" off Halo 3, and admit it will "take awhile" for some to crossover to Halo: Reach.
"I don’t think we would pull the plug," said Bungie's Brian Jarrard, reports . "Halo 2 was the number one game until the Halo 3 launch, and it was still supported until this April."
"I think it would be safe to say we wouldn't be investing so much time into doing massive matchmaking updates and then just turn (Halo 3 online support) off and walk away from it."
"Will we hope that people will migrate to Reach because it represents all of the good things from Halo 3 but better and more so? Sure, but I guarantee that there are hardcore gamers, like the pros who make their livelihoods off of playing Halo 3, who might take awhile to move over," continued the community director.
"I can’t imagine a world where Halo Reach and Halo 3 don't coexist." Breath easy, your Halo 3 online l33tness shall remain supported by Bungie and Microsoft... for now.
Halo: Reach releases exclusively on Xbox 360 this fall 2010. Check out the first Bungie VidDoc for Reach below, which surfaced from Microsoft’s X10 event.