The future of Halo is calling around the corner. Today we have seen a new look at the Halo Infinite campaign, much more spectacular than last year’s trailers, and it is all set to launch on Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, PC and wherever you want through Xbox Game Pass.
As we look to the future, the past gradually darkens. And from January 22, 2022, most of the online functionalities of the Xbox 360 Halo games will disappear, as announced in Halo Waypoint.
This affects Halo Reach, Halo 4, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Spartan Assault, and Halo Wars.
Originally, as announced in 2020, these services were to disappear in December 2021. For unknown reasons, they have extended the deadline a bit until January 13, 2022, as announced since Halo Support.
That is, this Christmas you can play Halo Infinite but you can also continue playing Halo 3 online for the last time from your old Xbox 360.
The reason for this is free up more resources from 343 Industries to focus on Halo Infinite and the new Halo experiences of the future (It is intended as a game as a service). Last February, the official Halo website at Bungie also shut down.
Above you can see a table with the specific services that will be closed for each game. In all of them, campaign and LAN modes They will remain, and you can continue playing with them whether you have them on disk (they are backward compatible with Xbox Series X) or if you had them on digital (they are no longer sold on digital).
The remastered versions in Halo: The Master Chief CollectionBoth on Xbox consoles and PC, they are independent, of course, and will remain as always.
In the end, all of these games, with the exception of Spartan Assault, exist in remasters or upgrades, such as Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Xbox One and PC.
Halo Infinite will launch on December 8 on Xbox Series, One and PC, and the multiplayer will be free to play. This game will be fully optimized for PC, as this version has been made from the beginning, with a multitude of options.
As Xbox Series X | S are backward compatible, Xbox 360 games, although many already lose their online functions, are still playable … and some are still very enjoyable.