343 Industries Is Axing Halo 3 Multiplayer
Halo has been a beacon in the dark for Xbox. Ever since its arrival on the original console, Halo has been one of the company's greatest sellers that all the while revolutionised the first-person shooter and brought Master Chief into the gaming characters hall of fame.
The series has done wonders for both its genre and home console, and though there were some misses in its lineage, the original trilogy of games and ODST stand as some of the finest first-person shooters of their era.
But, as it turns out, this could be the end for many games in the franchise, as their multiplayer modes are set to be deactivated.
Which Halo Game Servers Are Set To Close?
343 Industries has revealed that it is gearing up to shut down the online services of seven Halo titles - tomorrow.
The official announcement was made last month in a blog post, and it revealed that the servers on Xbox 360 for these games would be "sunsetting", and gradually wearing away.
The sunsetting will begin tomorrow, and wipe away the multiplayer functionality of the following games:
- Halo Reach
- Halo 4
- Halo 3
- Halo 3: ODST
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
- Halo: Spartan Assault
- Halo Wars
Though it makes sense that the servers for the Xbox 360 are on their way out, it's still upsetting to see an era of Halo gameplay lost to the wind.
But, there are still options.
"Sunsetting" Games Still Playable On Xbox One
Though the classic console won't be the first port of call anymore, it's still possible to play the games online elsewhere. These titles are all available on Xbox One, and will still be accessible from there, with many being tucked away in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Thankfully these games haven't been killed for good, but the erosion of these titles on Xbox 360 is a sad sign that the era of the console is well and truly over.
Sail your console down the river - it's time to say goodbye.