2020 has taken much from us. Many loved ones, many sacred traditions and ultimately has been one of the worst years in recent memory. However an announcement from 343 Industries has solidified my sadness of the year as they finally stated that the Xbox 360 Halo games (Combat Evolved Anniversary, Spartan Assault, Wars, 3, ODST, Reach and 4) will all have their online functionality shut off in December of 2021 bringing to an end the most successful era of the Halo franchise, brings a tear to my eye.
Halo 3 is obviously the big hit for myself as that game has my fondest childhood memories contained within the multiplayer and social interactions and with the online services being rendered moot I will no longer be able to enjoy the brilliance of custom game infection on the 360 or trying in vain to become rank 50 in the ranked playlists. Now obviously this is all just a bit of melancholic sadness as I can actually still easily play Halo 3 and many of the other games on the Master Chief Collection with all their online functionality still present but it’s the principle of my childhood memory platform having it’s sunset year that makes me feel many emotions.
343 stated that the reason for taking these services down is simply due to the fact that it costs too much to keep the servers up and running when they could instead focus on future projects which is completely understandable and it was just a matter of time until this was to happen. Still, you can be sure that next year before the servers go dark I will be jumping back on my ancient Xbox 360 to play a bit of Halo 3 once again before it all dissapears forever. God, I feel old.
That’s all for now, and as always. It’s not just a game, It’s a Life.