343 Industries has announced in its latest Halo Waypoint blogpost that it's planning to shut the majority of online services for all Halo Xbox 360 games in December 2021, and digital sales are being halted right now.
In the post, the company explained that "less and less people are investing time" in these titles, and that "every cycle spent maintaining and supporting Xbox 360 legacy services is time and energy not spent on the future of Halo."
"To date, we’ve juggled future-facing work and priorities with continued upkeep of Halo’s Xbox 360 legacy services. Maintaining these legacy services today requires significant time and resources which directly impacts the studio’s ability to support current and future projects like Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo Infinite."
In a FAQ, the company explained that (naturally) you'll still be able to enjoy most of these games online as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection instead, and in the case of Achievements, "the impact will vary by title as any that specifically require matchmaking and challenges will no longer be obtainable."
Furthermore, 343 says that official digital sales of these Xbox 360 games are now being discontinued from this month, so you won't be able to pick up a brand-new copy in either digital or physical format moving forward.
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