Xbox fans may have believed it would be impossible to play Halo 2 online by this minute of April 15th. But the planned shut-off of Xbox Live for games on the original Xbox hasn't happened. [UPDATE: It's been shut off.]

A Microsoft representative confirmed, however, that today is still the lights-out day for that part of Xbox Live, dashing any hopes that there had been a major change in plans.

A post on the official Xbox operations blog indicates that: "We aren't saying exactly when we'll be flipping the switch." But today, April 15, is still the last day.

Getting some final shots in Halo 2 online right now? Or any other original Xbox games? Let us know when it all blinks out.

On yesterday's sadly special episode of Kotaku Talk Radio, Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb said that the elimination of Xbox Live support for games on the original Xbox was a necessary cut needed to enable a new dawn of Xbox Live features on the platform. He declined to say what those features would be — among them is a speculated increase to the 100-friends limit on the service — and encouraged gamers to wait until E3 for more news.