The developers of “Halo” shut down Xbox 360 online services in January


2005: The year of Michael Jackson’s trial, Hurricane Katrina and the Xbox 360. 17 years later, Halo developer 343 Industries has announced that it will to extinguish some of its older servers. On January 13, 2022, Xbox 360 gamers will face limited or disabled options to play online.

Which games are affected? – Xbox 360 versions of Halo: scope, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Spartan assault and Halo wars will no longer offer all services online. Anyone playing an Xbox 360 version of these games, regardless of what console they are using, will see some lost functionality with the upcoming shutdown.

What services are limited? – The online servers will be disabled, but the games themselves are still playable. Scope of the halo sees most features disabled, as the game will soon lose its pairing, file sharing, service registration, challenges, player customization, and motorcycle options. Halo 4 will also lose a substantial number of these features. Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST will still offer player customization and service history, but will lose their pairing and file sharing features.

These are retro games now.343 Sectors

Why is this happening? – We do not know why HaloThe team is choosing to terminate their old servers now, but that may be due, at least in part, to the launch of Halo: infinite last month. For fans of older titles, there’s never a good time for studios to pull games (we see you, Fall of the titans), but developers may be looking to focus on newer versions and want to limit bandwidth accordingly.

From the good side – Those with Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition can thank their good stars, because these two collections will not experience any change. These game versions are more recent in comparison, released in 2014 and 2016 respectively.


Veronica J. Snell