A litany of Halo games will lose online support on January 13, marking the end of an era for Halo fans on Xbox 360. Here’s what’s happening.
Halo fans on current and next-gen hardware have much to be happy about right now. The long awaited Infinite halo is available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. infinity The free, open-world multiplayer campaign has been a hit with fans and critics, including a spot on CBR’s Best Games list of 2021. For players who prefer the classic, critically-acclaimed Bungie games , Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers remastered versions of each Halo First Person Shooter appeared on Xbox 360.
Things are not so rosy for Halo fans who didn’t leave the original 360 games behind, however. A recent announcement from the Halo The support team marks the end of an era for die-hard 360s. Most online services for 7th generation consoles Halo the games are on the verge of being shut down for good as 343 Industries focuses on the future of Halo.
Which servers are shutting down on January 13?
Halo Support announced that the Xbox 360 servers for the platform Halo the games will be closed on January 13. This includes all of the first-person shooters the franchise is known for: Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo 4, Halo: scope and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, a remake of the first game in the series.
Halo 4 and To reach will lose the most online functionality when the servers go down. This includes Matchmaking, Fileshare, Service Record, Challenges, Player Customization, and MOTD. Halo 3 and ODST keep service records and player personalization but lose everything else, including ODST Supplements. Combat Evolved Anniversary and both Halo games outside the genre FPS, isometric shooter Spartan assault and real-time strategy game Halo Wars, will not be affected by server shutdown.
Although it will be a blow to anyone who still loves to play Halo on their 360 this also affects players on current hardware. The deceased players The Master Chief collection and keep playing 360 Halo games on Xbox One and Series X | S will also lose their online functionality when the servers are closed on the 13th. While the games can be played on current hardware, they are still indebted to the 360 servers for online multiplayer.
Timing of 360 servers affects more than just multiplayer. Some achievements will no longer be available after closing. This includes accomplishments that require online matchmaking and challenges. The Legacy Avatar Awards, which provide your digital Xbox doppelganger with cosmetics when specific achievements are unlocked, will also cease to exist. If you’ve always wanted the Halo 3: ODST armor for your avatar, time is running out to unlock the Good Samaritan 360 achievement.
What Halo multiplayer options will still be available?
Multiplayer will still be possible on 360 when the servers are closed, although this is almost entirely local play. Players can still play the Halo multiplayer modes of games the oldest way. All FPS Halo 360 games have split-screen modes that die-hard 360s can enjoy after the servers shut down. Hosting a LAN party is also an option, although it is not ideal given that we are always faced with a pandemic.
Custom games and Forge mode are also still playable in a post 360 server world for Halo 3, Halo 4, and To reach. Online Squads will still be available after closing for all FPS games except Combat Evolved Anniversary. It’s a working setup for players who can still get into couch co-op, but it’ll be hard to come back after so many years of seamless online multiplayer.
While the Halo FPS games are on the verge of losing key online features, the two spin-offs from other genres are not. Fans of Spartan assault and Halo wars will continue to enjoy 360 matchmaking and backward compatibility. This is great news for Halo wars fans who never picked up the improvement Definitive edition for Xbox One or PC and always enjoy an online skirmish in the first Halo RTS.
The end of online support for the 360 Halo games are also the end of an era. While The Master Chief collection is a more than enough substitute for the original games, it’s always a bittersweet moment for Halo Fans. May they have fond memories of the hours they once spent in 360 Halo or never stopped playing it, the days of the Slayer Marathons on Xbox Live will soon be a thing of the past for good.
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