343 Industries is shutting down Xbox 360 Halo 3, 4, and Reach servers in January

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  • Sad news for Halo die-hard fans, especially the ones that still own Xbox 360s.
  • 343 Industries had to make a tough decision, but one that was long overdue.
  • Thus, Xbox 360 servers for multiple Halo games will e shut down in January.
  • But even though this happens, the games will still remain totally playable offline.
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Halo creators, 343 Industries, revealed that the online multiplayer servers for several Halo games on Xbox 360 will close down on January 13th, 2022.

Back in December 2020, the studio announced these servers would shut down no earlier than one year after it had posted the notice, but they didn’t mention exactly when this would happen.

So, this means that if you still want to play your favorite games, you need to say goodbye to your Xbox 360 and think about upgrading to a newer version of the console.

Xbox 360 Halo servers are going offline permanently

As the player base of these games on Xbox 360 dwindles more and more, the imbalance between maintaining the Xbox 360 servers and working on recent projects increases.

Furthermore, the digital sales of the Xbox 360 Halo games have greatly slowed down and physical sales haven’t been available since 2018.

To date, we’ve juggled future-facing work and priorities with continued upkeep of Halo’s Xbox 360 legacy services. 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

Thus, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, Halo 4, Halo Wars, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Spartan Assault will have their servers shut down at the above-mentioned date. 

And while the multiplayer functions of these games will be limited following the server closures in January, the games will still remain playable offline.

As you would have expected, not everyone is happy with this decision, but most of the player community understood that this move was long overdue.

Besides finally deciding on a date for sunsetting the servers, 343 Industries also showed off some footage of Halo Infinite’s campaign recently.

Another reason why you should let your old 360 friend rest after so many years of service and give some of his younger brothers a shot.

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