Some online services for Xbox 360 Halo games are ending today

Some online services for older Halo games should be disabled today.

The Xbox 360 titles impacted by the move are Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo Spartan Assault, and Halo Wars.

Although the games are still playable, they will support reduced online services (see table below), with features such as matchmaking, file sharing, and challenges disabled.

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Halo Waypoint has more information about which features will continue to be supported for each game and an FAQ on the sunsetting process, which confirms that backward compatible versions of titles will be affected.

343 Industries originally planned to end various online services for Xbox 360 Halo games in December 2021, but a revised January end date was later announced.

Some online services for Xbox 360 Halo games are ending today
A breakdown of how games will be affected once online services are disabled

“Every cycle spent maintaining and supporting Xbox 360 legacy services is time and energy not spent on the future of Halo,” the studio previously said.

“Owners of these titles will still be able to play these games indefinitely, however, certain online features and experiences, particularly online matchmaking, will be limited or disabled.”

Originally slated for release in November 2020 as the Xbox Series X/S launch title, Halo Infinite was released in December.

343 is currently working on several features that were cut in order to release Halo Infinite last year, including campaign co-op and Forge mode, which do not yet have confirmed launch dates.

Veronica J. Snell