According to Kotaku, the era of the classic Halo is over. On Thursday, January 13, Microsoft and 343 Industries shut down all servers of classic Halo games like Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo Reach and Halo 4.
The shutdown of Xbox 360-era classic Halo servers is sad for longtime fans, but the move isn’t a surprise. 343 Industries and Microsoft first announced this news in December 2020, but later moved it to January 13, 2022. Over the past few weeks, many players have rebooted their old Xbox 360 and are back with Halo 3 and Halo Reach, the community came together to say goodbye to the best multiplayer games ever produced with different activities.
The server of the classic Halo versions is down
Multiplayer teamed up to quest and unlock multiplayer-only achievements. Another common activity in the last days was that players stopped matches to walk around the map together, some fired their guns into the air to say goodbye and others sat down in groups and chat about Halo 3, talk about their fondest memories and what made the game so special to them.
The community’s farewell activities for classic Halo games are heartwarming. It may just be a multiplayer shooter, but it’s also a game that brought people together. People have shared stories of how they met their friends and even their spouses through Halo 3 and Halo Reach.
And while fans will still be able to play Halo 3 online through the Master Chief Collection, that doesn’t feel like much of a classic game.