All the Xbox 360 Halo servers are getting shut down this month

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  • Sad news for Halo players out there, as this month marks the end of an era.
  • All of the Xbox 360 Halo servers are getting shut down starting  January 13.
  • These games can still be played, but most online services won't be available.
  • Find out here which of the vintage Halo games will be affected by this decision.
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Yes, we know, we have reached the end of an era, and this news will probably get some of you emotional, as we know how hard it is sometimes to let go of things you actually love and enjoy.

Remember when we told you, back in October, that all of the Xbox 360 Halo servers were going to be shut down at the beginning of 2022?

Well, as much as it saddens us to say it, the time has finally come to close this chapter in our lives and move on.

Halo servers are going offline on January 13

Microsoft decided to shut down the servers of multiple classic Halo titles on Xbox 360, as they said they would last year.

Needless to say that Halo 3 and Halo Reach had some of the best multiplayer communities and is even considered by many the golden period for the Halo multiplayer experience.

343 Industries announced, in a recent blog post, that the online services for numerous Halo games will not be supported from January 13, 2022. 

The tech giant shutting down Xbox 360 Halo servers will definitely mark the end of an awesome era of gaming, but also start the new, modern age of Halo games.

It is important to know that this shutdown will not impact games in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection if you were curious about that.

The same goes for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, which is actually an enhanced version released for Xbox One and Windows, back in 2016.

On January 13, 2022, Xbox 360 game servers for Halo games will be turned off (sunsetting the service). This means that while these games can still be played, online services such as challenges and file sharing will no longer be available. 

This goes for the Xbox 360 versions of the following games:

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

But there’s no reason to be sad about this because, while the news of Xbox 360 Halo game servers shutting down, it seems like 343 and Microsoft are already planning ahead.

Right now, pretty much everyone in the Halo community, who owns an Xbox One, or could get their hands on a Series X|S, is invested in the new experience, Halo Infinite.

We all had some pretty good times playing throughout the Halo franchise, but it’s time to look up and embrace the future.

Which one of the Xbox 360 Halo games in this article was your absolute favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.

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