You Have One Year to Play Slayer on Halo Xbox 360 Games

343 Industries will sunset online services

In a post published on the Halo Waypoint blog, developer 343 Industries announced it will reduce or discontinue online services for Halo games released on the Xbox 360.

Most titles will no longer support online matchmaking once December 2021 rolls around — Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo Wars will be the two exceptions. Also, your service record and player customizations in Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST will remain intact.

Impact of sunsetting Halo Xbox 360 services by game
Source: Halo Waypoint

That said, the message is clear — 343 Industries is cutting back online services for older titles to focus on Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the upcoming Halo Infinite.

“Continuing to evolve and expand MCC while bringing our ambitious vision for Halo Infinite to life is our top priority and stepping away from the day to day upkeep and hurdles of these aging services will empower the team to stay laser focused on our most critical future-facing endeavors,” reads the announcement.

Affected games include the following:

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

The affected titles will still be playable after online services are turned off. That said, it’ll be good to get those Achievements that can only be obtained by playing online sooner than later.


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