343 Industries has announced that all Halo game’s online support for Xbox 360 will shut down in 2021. As they move forward to Halo Infinite.
7 Halo games will have their online support on Xbox 360 shut down, as the franchises move forward next-gen with Halo Infinite. Previously, 343i had announced that the Halo MCC is now completely available on PC.
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Hence, all the mainline Halo series is now available cross-platform across 3 platforms. PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Furthermore, the two remaining games Halo Spartan Assault and Halo Wars are still available on Xbox One with online functionality.
This news as tweeted by the official Halo Twitter.
Even though the game’s online services will shut down, the games will still be playable. Additionally, this closure will occur in 2021 December. The reason for this is to employ more resources on their other projects. Such as Halo MCC, Infinite, etc. Moreover, they mentioned that online use has significantly lowered on Xbox 360, as the game is now available completely on PC and next-gen Xbox.
Starting today, the digital sales of these titles will be removed, but the DLC will be downloadable for free. Moreover, this change will also affect Xbox One and Xbox Series X users, as the consoles run these games with backward compatibility.
It is understandable why Halo games on Xbox 360 having their online support shutdown. Almost all the games are now available on PC and next-gen consoles with improved versions. Nevertheless, it is still sad to see the legendary era of Halo online matchmaking coming to an end.
Slowly but surely, more games on Xbox 360 platform will lose their online support too.