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Shutdown of online services of seven Halo games from Xbox 360 postponed until January 2022

Microsoft publishing house and developers from 343 Industries studio postponed for a while shutdown of online services available on Xbox 360 games from the sci-fi Halo series.

Image source: Steam (Khrainos)

Image source: Steam (Khrainos)

Recall that 343 Industries announced plans to reduce support for seven franchise projects from the Xbox of the previous generation in December 2020. The changes were supposed to take effect during December 2021.

As it became known, the so-called sunset of Halo services on Xbox 360 will take place on January 13, 2022. The list of affected games has not changed: Halo: Reach, Halo 4, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo: Spartan Assault, and Halo Wars.

Image source: Halo Waypoint

Image source: Halo Waypoint

Both then and now, 343 Industries explained their decision by the desire to focus on the current games of the series: “Each cycle spent on maintaining and supporting Xbox 360 services represents time and effort not spent on the future of Halo.”

Halo’s near future will include the release of Halo Infinite. The new part will go on sale on December 8 this year for PC (Steam, Microsoft Store), Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

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