Microsoft has revealed that it will end support for its Halo Waypoint apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android on August 1, including its ATLAS multiplayer map features that are used in combination with the 2010 Xbox 360 game Halo: Reach.
In a post on the Windows Phone Store page for the app, Microsoft states:
It is a difficult decision to end support for any element of the Halo franchise, but doing so allows us to apply the people and resources used on those legacy items to focus on future Halo projects, including of course, Halo for Xbox One. We are grateful to those of you who found the Halo Waypoint mobile app useful - you helped make our products better!
The Halo Waypoint app offered Halo: Reach players a way to keep track of their in-game stats, along with the ATLAS feature, which offered overhead views of the game's multiplayer maps, including real time position and score information. The last major update to the app was made in mid-2013, when it added support for player stats in Halo 4.
Microsoft is currently working on Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One, which includes Halo 1-4, for release this November, followed by the all new game Halo 5: Guardians which is due for release sometime in 2015. It's more that likely that Microsoft will add support for both games to its Xbox One SmartGlass app.
In the meantime, you can still download the Halo Waypoint app right now in the Windows Phone Store. Were you a frequent user of the Halo: Waypoint app and if so will you be sorry to see its support end in a couple of weeks?
Thanks to Mrunank for the tip!