343 Industries Discontinues Online Services for Xbox 360 Halo Games Starting January 13

In short: Xbox 360 Halo games have been out for quite some time, keeping us entertained for many hours since their launch. However, starting January 13, 343 Industries will be disabling and reducing online services for many Halo games, but that won’t stop you from playing single player as well as split-screen, Forge, and LAN.

The Halo Support FAQ has been updated to reflect the services that will be disabled on Xbox 360 Halo games. These include Halo: Reach, Halo 4, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 3, Spartan Assault, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, and Halo Wars.

After January 13, services such as matchmaking, file sharing, MOTD (match of the day), challenges and extras will no longer be available. For Halo 4 and Halo Reach, Service Registration and Player Customization will also stop working, but these services will still be available on Halo 3 and ODST.

Achievements in Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo: Reach will also be impacted, but not all. Only those that require matchmaking, are challenge-based, or are tied to specific activities will stop working.

You should be aware that backward compatible versions of these games for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S will also stop working. Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo Wars Definitive Edition will not meet the same fate. The titles featured in the collection and the DE use different online services, which means that you can still read them as you have done so far.

While some may not be thrilled to read this news, we have to consider that some of these games have been around for 15 years. Since then we’ve had Halo 5 Guardians, Halo Wars 2, upgraded versions of most Xbox 360 Halo games, and Halo Infinite, so the discontinuation of support for certain online features isn’t entirely out of place.

Veronica J. Snell