A page in the history of Halo will be shot in June, with funny timing. Only a few months after the 20th anniversary of the Xbox, the studio 343 Industries announced the upcoming shutdown of the servers of some of the games. Xbox 360 from the Halo franchise. These closures affect a handful of games, including major episodes Halo 3 and Halo 4 released in 2007 and 2012 respectively.
The countdown begins
Thus, four episodes Halo on Xbox 360 will see their online features simply decommissioned as of January 13, 2022: Halo Reach, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4. It will no longer be possible to enjoy matchmaking or share files online. These closures will also impact Achievements that can only be unlocked through online play.
If you ever thought of getting the 2,000G on any of these Xbox 360 versions, you’re going to have to work harder. Of course, all of the game’s offline modes, whether campaign or split-screen multiplayer, will still be accessible without any problem.
Halo: MCC safe and sound
It is important to specify which versions of these Halo titles are impacted by these server closures. 343 Industries explain in their official blog post that they only relate to Xbox 360 versions, playable either on the original console, or backwards compatible on Xbox One or Xbox Series X | S.
Let us be clear, however: none of these server shutdowns affect the games of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the compilation of remasters of 343 Industries released in 2014 for the Xbox One console. All online features of the Collection will remain in service. The same goes for Halo wars, the strategy game released in 2008, and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, its remaster released on Xbox One and PC in 2016.
In addition, Master Chief recently returned to the forefront of the news with the release at the beginning of the month of Halo Infinite, the latest franchise installment on Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S.