The Xbox 360 servers for Halo multiplayer will be shutting down at the end of 2021

Mister Chef.

All right, it’s time to face facts. If you’ve still been playing Halo 3: ODST multiplayer on your now-ancient Xbox 360, that hardware is deprecated and you need to move on. And it turns out you will in fact be forced to move on by the end of 2021, as 343 Industries has announced that the legacy multiplayer servers for these games on the Xbox 360 will be shutting down by the end of next year.

The cause? Well, simply put, the old servers aren’t being used with any real frequency. This is probably not surprising, although it does mean that online functionality will no longer work for these titles on the console. The Master Chief Collection version of these games, meanwhile, will still have multiplayer servers available without impact. So you can still get all of that vintage multiplayer action if you want it, you’ll just not be able to do so via official servers any longer.

Source: VG24/7

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Jack Pipsam

Before Halo: Reach was added to MCC the 360 version would still easily hit over 1,500 players (a lot perhaps by backwards compatibility), last I checked they had from what I could tell ~900 players roughly when I checked.

It depends on the playlist, in 2007’s Halo 3 on the 360 you could still find a match in the Social Slayer playlist, but it became harder to impossible elsewhere.
Halo 3 on the 360 meant so much to me as a young teen and Halo Reach did as an older teen, it’s a real shame to see them go but it makes sense totally.

But there’s those who would still keep playing, those who still have 360s or those who prefer it, there are differences, the MCC is not an exact 1:1, there’s all kinds of little changes which make it subtly different from the 360 versions.

My understanding is the online might still potentially work as they’re unsure what will happen once they drop their support, it’s possible it might instead draw on Xbox LIVE instead of their own servers for a different thing.
I believe they said that for example Custom Game and online Co-Op will still work after the date as that draws on Xbox LIVE than their own servers.

For me the real annoying thing is they delisted the digital versions the day of this announcement, no warning at all. When Forza delists they give a warning in advance.

Jaymes Buckman

Reach is stil what I play when I’m in a shooter mood, though within the last couple of years I realized that it transferred free to the Xbox One at no charge.