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Microsoft denies reports of the Xbox 360 marketplace shutting down

Fans of the Xbox 360 can relax: Microsoft has gone ahead and denied reports of the console’s online marketplace shutting down in May 2023.

Microsoft denies reports of the Xbox 360 marketplace shutting down

Earlier this month,Microsoft announced that several titles of the Xbox 360 Marketplace would no longer be available but would remain in the Microsoft Store and could be purchased and downloaded on the Xbox One console family thanks to its backward compatibility. However, an erroneous message on the Xbox support website set off alarm bells, since it stated that the Xbox 360 Marketplace was set to close in May 2023. We’ll tell you what happened just below:

No, the Xbox 360 bazaar will not close in May 2023 according to Microsoft

Popular Twitter user Wario64 echoed a Reddit thread in which a rather alarming message was displayed. According to the Xbox Support search page itself, the Marketplace was set to be closed over the next year, and encouraged users to buy any 360 games or DLC before May of this year.

However, when you clicked on said update you would be taken to the news of a list of games that are leaving the digital store, but that would instead be available on Xbox One through the Microsoft Store. There’s no mention of a total closure of the Marketplace anywhere.

According to Gematsu, a Microsoft representative has confirmed that the Xbox 360 marketplace will not close in May 2023, and that this message "was posted in error."

List of Xbox 360 games that are no longer available in the marketplace on February 7

At the beginning of February 2023, Microsoft warned on the Xbox support website that several Xbox 360 titles will no longer be available on the Xbox 360 Marketplace as of February 7, 2023. As it happens, this list is different depending on your region, so you can find your respective list through this link. In the United States, the following games will no longer be available:

  • Aegis Wing
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed® III
  • Assassin's Creed® IV
  • Assassin's Creed® Liberation HD
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • Blue Dragon
  • Breakdown
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Castle Crashers
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Dark Souls™
  • Darksiders II
  • Defense Grid
  • Eets: Chowdown
  • Far Cry® 2
  • Final Fight: DblImpact
  • Iron Brigade
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Lost Odyssey
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • N+
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Peggle ® 2
  • Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds
  • Prince of Persia
  • R.U.S.E.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  • Skate 2
  • South Park™: The Stick of Truth™
  • Spelunky
  • SplinterCellConviction
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars KOTOR 2
  • The Orange Box
  • The Raven Episode 1
  • The Witcher 2

If you already own or purchase any of these titles before February 7, you'll be able to downnload them at any time after they disappear from the store.

Sources: Gematsu, Wario64 on Twitter