Microsoft is Sunsetting Halo Xbox 360 Services in 2021

I remember how big the launch of Halo 3 and all the excitement surrounding that day. Each time a new Halo launched, I’d never heard the end of it thanks to my group of friends.

Nearly 20 years later and we’re still playing Halo, and we’re even waiting on a brand new entry that should launch next fall. Today, 343 Industries has announced that Microsoft is planning on sunsetting several legacy titles on the Xbox 360.  Over on Halo Waypoint, the news was confirmed and should be completed by December 2021.

“Maintaining these legacy services today requires significant time and resources which directly impacts the studio’s ability to support current and future projects like Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo Infinite,” says the post.

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The following Halo Xbox 360 titles will be impacted when we sunset online services late next year:

  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo 4
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  • Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars

Of note is that this will affect backward compatible titles but not Halo: The Masterchief Collection. If you’re playing these titles via the compendium of titles, then you’re fine and this won’t affect you. Maintaining these legacy servers costs money that is now better used elsewhere, so for 343 to announce this isn’t bad, it just means it is time to close those servers.

Here is everything that will be impacted next year:

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Check the link for more information – ou have one year to wrap things up!