343 Studios will be shutting down the multiplayer servers for all Halo titles on Xbox 360 as of January 13, 2022.
The news of these server closures comes as Halo: Infinite‘s December 8 release date quickly approaches, ushering in a new era for the beloved sci-fi shooter franchise. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 player base has drastically diminished in the past few years, which isn’t much of a surprise considering the platform first released back in 2005.
The following games will be shut down exclusively on Xbox 360:
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
- Halo 3
- Halo 3: ODST
- Halo: Reach
- Halo 4
- Halo Wars
- Halo Spartan Assault
In a statement, 343 Studios stated:
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.343 Studios
All of the affected Halo titles will remain fully playable offline on Xbox 360. Of course, the majority of the games’ campaigns and multiplayer components are also available in remastered form the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X. It’s expected that these versions’ servers will remain active for quite a while, making it the definitive way to experience these classics.